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3 Consumer Expectations for Retail Packaging in 2021

What do consumers want from your packaging? Remember, it’s another opportunity to strengthen that all-important relationship factor.

Get it wrong, and you sour your customer’s opinion of you. Get it right, and you really stand out because most businesses don’t take the time to optimize their packaging for the customer experience.

Here’s what consumers can’t do without in 2021:

1. Your Brand Story

Customers want to feel like you really get them on a deep, emotional level. In that respect, it’s no different than their primary relationship.

Not all brands’ customers consistently do this. But you can bet they remember and come back to the ones who truly get them the most.

Share the story of how your brand has continued to adapt to changing customer needs despite extreme adversity.

Companies have not only reinvented their packaging to more closely reflect what their customers want, but they’ve also used NFC tags and QR codes to direct consumers to stories about the specific origin of their product.

For example, New Zealand (yes, the country as a whole) created a Made with Care campaign. In this campaign, QR codes were placed on products from the country.

Consumers could then scan the code and read about the story of the farm from which their products originated.

How original, direct, and personal!

2. Supply Chain Transparency

The World Economic Forum has found that today’s customer doesn’t just want the product or the experience it offers.

They want to know about the entire journey of the product.

For example, they don’t want to find out that forced child labor was used to make the product.

And they don’t want to learn that manufacturing the product released all sorts of pollution.

Princes, a leading UK-based food and drink brand, took that to the extreme. On each of their products, you can scan a QR code that then drives you to a web page.

This web page then contains information about the product’s journey from the farm to retail shelves. You can literally learn about every last stop it makes.

You can use your retail packaging to highlight the brief story of your product’s life. And then a QR code and landing page can flesh out the details.

3. Feedback

What if you could get direct consumer feedback on your product’s packaging at a bare bones cost?

Using the QR code strategies discussed above, you can simply direct consumers to a website page where they can share their feedback on your packaging.

Now, you don’t have to wait for months and months of sales data to flow in and then make your guesses.

Learn exactly what people think of your packaging. They’ll also tend to be more honest because they don’t have to share the information in person.

Consumers may not be aware of this yet. But you know how people love to share their opinion.

Your retail packaging is more of an asset than you think. So take these to heart. And blow by your competition while they sit around trying to figure out what to do.

Back to Service: 3 Best Customer Service Phrases Consumers Want to Hear

“It’s not our policy…”

Doesn’t that just cause you to grind your teeth and tense the back of your neck as soon as you begin to hear those words?

You know something’s coming that you don’t want to hear.

And it gives you the impression the company has thought out what could go wrong and deliberately built a policy to deny refunds.

You don’t want to do this kind of stuff during the COVID recovery. It only hurts your comeback.

So, what phrases can you use to engage your customer and provide the all-star service that differentiates your brand from competitors?

Let’s take a look at some:

1. “I’m sorry”

Sounds pretty basic, doesn’t it?

Well, in this case, it’s not so much about what you say as how you say it.

If your customer service reps’ words sound like a recitation because this is the 100th time today they’ve had to say them, they don’t carry any effect with your customer.

Your reps need to slow down and mean it when they apologize.

That puts customers at far greater ease because they feel personally cared for…rather than feeling like just another number to be dealt with.

To increase effectiveness, combine “I’m sorry” with exactly what you’re sorry for, such as:

“I’m sorry you never received your order.”

Now you’ve taken responsibility for the customer’s exact problem. And that goes a long way towards making the rest of the conversation go easier.

2. “I’d feel the same way”

Hey, your reps are customers of all their own favorite brands too, right?

They’ve certainly found themselves in exactly the same situation as many of your customers.

Customers love it when you get them and empathize.

So after they explain their problem, build some rapport by telling them you get it.

But don’t stop there!

Actually show them you get it by briefly describing the same scenario you just had recently (but only if it’s true).

For example, the product didn’t work as expected. So, your rep could say,”I’d feel the same way. In fact, I had the same problem with a pair of shoes I bought the other day.”

3. “Thanks for bringing this to our attention!”

Customers have all had companies who completely ignore problems with their products or services.

When they pointed out something wrong, the company got irritated and refused to fix the problem.

Great companies want to know what’s wrong with their products and services so they can improve and make customers happy.

So whenever a customer points out a flaw, no matter how many, thank them. It’s an opportunity for your company to be better and win more market share because there’s likely hundreds of other customers with exactly the same problem who haven’t called!

Your customer service team can use many other phrases to deliver an amazing service experience.

Language is important. And equally important is your rep’s sincerity. Master hiring reps who do both well, and watch your customer lifetime value explode!

POLLOCK ORORA named to Modern Distribution Management’s 2021 Top Distributors List

Grand Prairie, TX, June 29, 2021 — Modern Distribution Management (MDM) is happy to announce that Pollock Orora is named among its selections for the 2021 Top Distributors list for the Jan/San segment. The annual list ranks the Top 150 North American industrial, construction and commercial product distribution companies.

Selection to the annual list is based solely on revenue factors across 16 discrete product category sectors, as well as the overall wholesale distribution industry. “While 2020 was a difficult year, it also highlighted the critical role distributors play in keeping the U.S. economy running,” says Elizabeth Galentine, MDM editor-in-chief. “These top distributors continued to innovate, problem-solve and persevere.”

“We’re honored to be named a 2021 Top Distributor. This is a testament to our dedication to making SOLVED HAPPEN!”

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About Modern Distribution Management (MDM)
Modern Distribution Management is a market research and media company that provides business intelligence resources to wholesale distribution executives and industrial product marketers. Since 1967, MDM has been the definitive resource for distribution management best practices, benchmarking, trends and business intelligence through its market research, analytics, publishing and conferences.

3 Mistakes to Avoid When Reopening for COVID

With Texas fully open for business, it’s time to make your pivot and adjust to society’s new norm.

Customers aren’t necessarily ready to flock back into stores. For example, Baby Boomers, who used to prefer to shop in-store before COVID, are still extremely hesitant (and understandably so) to make the move back to in-store shopping.

Who knows when, if ever, in-store shopping will return to its pre-COVID status?

Whenever dramatic market shifts occur, you can make mistakes that hamper your effectiveness.

Here’s a few big ones to watch out for, and what to do instead:

1. Don’t Be Adamant Everyone Works In-Office

The Society for Human Resources Management performed a survey of employees to gauge their attitudes about the many issues COVID presents to their work.

52% said they would work from home permanently if given the option.

Don’t think that you necessarily need to let everyone work from home. But have the willingness to be flexible.

Maybe let your employees work from home a few days per week.

After all, many studies show that employees who work from home are much more productive.

One such study found that remote employees get an additional 1.3 days’ worth of work done per month – and a shocking 3 weeks more per year!

2. Don’t Charge Ahead with Employee Temperature-Taking

Yes. You’re keeping everyone safe by trying to detect COVID aren’t you?

True, but there’s a number of catches to consider first, according to an article at Business Insider.

For one, you’ll have to pay your employees while they wait around to have their temperature taken. The next problem is that you’ll have to worry about keeping that biometric data private. And then you’ll have to figure out how to social distance employees while they wait to get their temperature taken.

One possible alternative would be to contract with a healthcare company to do the work. But, then you have to go out and evaluate your options and deal with any frictions working with a new vendor causes.

Suddenly, a seemingly simple thing becomes a little bit more challenging.

3. Not Protecting Yourself from Liability

Interviewing potential new candidates by phone or video can help you avoid liability when hiring.

But when you think about it, there’s so many opportunities for potential candidates and current employees to hold you liable for harm to their health in their return to work.

And you can’t force them to simply get the vaccination either.

Simply having your employees sign a waiver won’t do the job either. Waivers are frequently unenforceable.

You may be able to get around this somewhat and reduce your risk by creating an arbitration agreement or possibly working to reduce the time employees have to sue you.

But neither of those are perfect guarantees. It’s just another challenge you have to be aware of and ready to navigate as society re-opens.

It’s not easy being an executive and making these decisions. But someone has to do the job.

Now you have greater awareness of some pressing issues and some context to help you make the right decision for your company.

How COVID Is Changing Consumer Spending Habits

Ahh, those wily consumers, what will they do next? Every business is asking themselves just this question.

So let’s get right to it and see what some of the leading retail minds have to say about consumer spending in the post-pandemic economy:

1. American Consumers Are Still Terribly Anxious about Their Health

7,000 global consumers surveyed by Alix Partners still rate their health as a primary concern in the post-pandemic world.

44% of US consumers surveyed fell into the “Most Anxious” category when it came to their health. For comparison purposes, just 33% of those in the United Kingdom had the same sentiment.

So, whatever you can do to make your customers feel more comfortable in your store, do it.

And of course, any product you can offer to help your customers protect their health is a win.

2. Safe Outdoor Cultural Events Gain Momentum

These technically don’t come from retail stores per se. But, you can certainly use them to inspire your own thinking.

In California, for example, you can go to the Field of Lights, which is a solar-powered exhibit of a field of lighted artificial poppy flowers (poppies are the state flower of California).

In Toronto, you can go to the “Van Gogh by Car” exhibit, the world’s first drive-in art exhibit. You can see 40 different Van Gogh paintings.

Animated video is projected on the walls and floor. And you can listen to music made for the exhibit on the radio.

Those may be more elaborate and risky for your retail store to pull off. But, consumers are willing to go to these types of things because they can stay safe.

And you might be able to do something similar, but smaller-scale.

3. Discretionary Spend is Accelerating

This one should really come as no surprise. With COVID relaxing its stranglehold on society (at least a little bit anyway), consumers are relaxing with their finances at least a little too.

McKinsey reports that stimulus payments and holiday pull-through have influenced recent growth.

Further, more than 50% of consumers intend to do something nice for themselves and splurge on something in the near future. And higher-income millennials will be the leaders in this type of spending.

Apparel, beauty, and electronics are their intended categories for spending.

McKInsey expects to see spending continue to increase in 2021.

Let that information simmer for a while and see how it influences your 2021 – 2022 strategy. And armed with this information, your revenues will be just fine.

How to Manage the Continuing Increase in Corrugated Cardboard Prices

Americans have been ready to get back to normal for some time, and it looks like exactly that is going to happen in the coming months.

Sports stadiums are working their way back to allowing full capacity. The COVID vaccine is out and available to the masses, and the CDC even says people who have had the vaccine no longer need to wear masks.

But, consumer purchasing habits aren’t changing. Higher corrugated cardboard prices will remain a problem for the rest of the year. And to add insult to injury, Amazon has been purchasing cardboard like mad (though it’s been undertaking cardboard-saving measures too), leaving smaller businesses with a real problem on their hands.

What can you do?

We’ve already offered some ideas in a couple articles. Here’s some other things you might consider moving forward:

1. Shift to Plastic

In the EU, supermarkets haven’t been able to get cardboard for the eggs they sell. So, despite the fact it’s not a very eco-friendly move, they’ve shifted to plastic.

European consumers haven’t liked it. But, it’s gotten to the point that either they get their eggs in plastic containers, or they get no eggs at all.

You may have to use undesirable (but temporary) measures like this. Less revenue is better than no revenue at all.

2. Try In-Store Promotions

Consumers are still going to be gun-shy about going into stores. But, with the vaccine coming out and more and more governments allowing society to re-open, consumer confidence will slowly return.

This may not be a huge opportunity because it will take some time for people to get comfortable shopping in-store again.

But, every little bit you can do to deflect the high costs of cardboard helps.

3. Continuously Audit All of Your Packaging

Even though Amazon gets a rap as the “bad guy,” they do use artificial intelligence to determine the best-fit packaging for every customer order. They claim they’ve reduced their cardboard use by 33% over the past 5 years.

You may not have the ability to use AI to make decisions.

But you can certainly evaluate all of your packaging and find out how you can either use smaller packaging that better fits your product without sacrificing protection, or use different packaging entirely.

4. Work on Just In Time Cardboard Box Deals

Anything that alleviates the pain of not having the cardboard boxes you need helps. Many packaging distributors will store your boxes for you as you purchase them and then release your boxes when you need them.

So, you can lock in the lower prices now. And then you know you’ll have the boxes when you need them.

It won’t be easy. And it will require some innovation and creativity. But, the good news is you can make it through these high cardboard prices okay.

Society’s Reopening: How Your Retail Store Can Handle It

California wants to have its economy fully open June 15th. Some talk says it may even happen before then. Texas is already fully open.

But what about consumers? Research by Deloitte shows that only 34% of Americans would feel comfortable going to the store again.

Despite unemployment falling from nearly 16% in April 2020 and all the way down to 6.1% in April 2021, Americans still aren’t comfortable letting go of their money. They’re holding tight.

How have all those factors been affecting your retail sales, whether online or in-store?

Well, here’s what you can do to make the best of this situation:

1. Use GIS-Powered Information to Strategize

Are you still using spreadsheets and PDFs loaded with data to make business decisions?

In and of itself, that’s not necessarily bad. But, if that’s all you do to strategize for 2021 and 2022, you’re probably missing out on serious revenue.

In addition, use GIS-powered software dashboard to help you make decisions.

What is GIS?

“GIS” stands for “geographic information system.” So, for example, you could pull up a screen of all your stores in the region or nation, and instantly find out new information on micro or macro consumer trends.

So, you could identify a consumer run on a product specially suited to Houston residents, and then deliver an email to those consumers about your stock left to increase urgency and buying.

2. Study Startups for Innovative Solutions

Necessity is the mother of invention, isn’t it? The new market, as it stands to be for the next 12-18 months, will certainly lead to startups with unique solutions.

Rather than creating a whole new company, you can simply sit back, study some of the new approaches startups are bringing, and then test the same idea in a small-scale, low-risk way in your own business.

Let the startup do the heavy lifting and take on all the risk. You, on the other hand, can study and learn from their mistakes, which increases your own odds of success.

3. Sink More Resources Into Online Sales

Even without COVID ever happening, consumers were shifting to online purchasing. In-store sales isn’t impossible, but it’s going to remain difficult.

Baby boomers, which represent a good portion of our population, are also at high risk to get COVID. And because of COVID, they’re now convinced that buying online is the right move to make.

In other words, it just makes sense to continue to learn how to sell your products and services online. It’s just not going away. And even with society opening back up, people are still scared enough to continue their purchasing online.

Even with COVID’s disruption, you’ll more than likely make it through with room to spare. And now you have a few more strategies in hand to help you out.

5 Consumer Snacking Trends That Will Shape the Future

How will COVID affect consumer snacking?

Many people may have not thought about the topic, but as a c-store manager or exec, it’s definitely something to consider.

Let’s get right into some of the trends that will shape consumer snacking:

1. New Flavor Experiences

If there’s anything to know about human behavior, it’s that people like the new and unique. And it’s no different when it comes to snacking.

Market research by FMCG Gurus and reported at Food & Beverage Insiders shows that 57% of consumers like products with new and unusual flavors while 72% have experimented more with flavors in the past 5 years.

This data, by the way, was for global consumers, and not just Americans.

So what new and unique experiences can your c-store deliver to your customers?

2. Consumers Want Healthier Choices

Today’s consumer no longer wants just whatever they can get whenever they can get it.

They want their body and mind to be in tip-top shape. They don’t want to feel the afternoon crash so many Americans experience.

Research by natural foods company ADM supports this. 31% of consumers already purchase snack items tailored to their health needs, while 50% say they prefer snacks with naturally beneficial ingredients.

3. Buying Snacks Online Won’t Change

Per the Mondelez International 2020 State of Snacking report, 69% of consumers plan to continue buying their snacks online even after the pandemic ends.

Even though society is slowly opening up here, consumer confidence in the safety of their health remains relatively low.

It’s going to take some time for consumers to see that COVID will remain at bay.

4. Consumers Will Rely on Snacking More Than Ever Before

Pre-COVID-19, consumers ate an average of 2.6 snacks per day. 42% of consumers said they ate more than three snacks per day. 44% said they ate snacks in lieu of meals at home and work.

Now, after COVID-19, snacks are only increasing in importance, according to an article at Food Business News.

With more consumers buying online and going with healthier options than ever before, you need to strike a balance between those preferences while making online ordering easier.

5. Upcycled Snacks Gaining Momentum

“Upcycling” refers to using the byproducts of other manufacturing processes to create snacks.

Not only is it a way to identify new and delicious snacks, but since it minimizes waste, you can advertise it as beneficial for the environment too.

The Upcycled Food Association (we have no business relationship with them) has a list of dozens of companies who make such snacks.

As far as snacking goes, you have plenty of opportunity. Will you capitalize on it?

End Your Product Labeling Problems with Express Labels

What’s your vision for your product’s label? Want to stand out from other products so you snatch more sales? Need to make sure you stay within legal guidelines?

Yeah. Express labels can do that. And they’ve been doing it for more than 25 years now. So there’s not a situation they can’t handle.

They also keep an extensive selection of raw materials available so they can quickly respond to your urgent projects.

Take a look at some of their capabilities to see how Express Labels can meet your needs:

1. Wide Range of Social Distancing Labeling

COVID-19’s going to remain a fact of life for at least the foreseeable future. And with the variant strains of COVID popping up from time-to-time, it could demand more change and social distancing rules at any second.

Stay on top of the situation with floor graphics and healthy hygiene labels. And if you work in a home office, easily remind everyone when you’re available and when you’re busy to keep stress and tension in check around your home

Keep yourself and your employees healthy so you maintain or grow your market share.

2. Food and Beverage Labeling

It’s hard to stand out and get attention in today’s marketplace. But the challenge becomes a lot easier with help from Express Labels.

Available high-resolution labeling options give you the little edge you need to compete and win. Plus, the labels are water-resistant, so they hold up even after your product is bought and stored in the fridge. That way, you don’t get forgotten, and you increase the likelihood your brand gets remembered and bought again.

You can also get “soft touch” labels, which give customers that extra sensory information that other brands overlook.

3. CBD Labeling

Legalizing CBD has ripped open the floodgates on a rapidly-growing new market. Everyone wants in on the new craze.

…And now you can differentiate from the competition with unique labeling. Durable materials with high-tack adhesives are necessary to succeed (otherwise your labels become susceptible to peeling).

Express labels can do all the CBD printing you need in a cost-effective way. And you even have eco-friendly labeling options available too.

For unique, cost-effective labels that stand out, we gladly recommend Express Labels. So you should feel ecstatic when we recommend them to you!

Why Should You Care about Aqua Chempacs Products?

You may or may not have heard of Aqua Chempacs. Compared to some of our vendors, who may have been around for nearly a century, they’re a newer player to the game.

Aqua Chempacs has been in the commercial cleaning solutions industry since 2010.

But, they have one game-changing hand cleaner that’ll blow you away for many reasons. And they have several other effective cleaning solutions too.

Check ‘em out below:

1. Dissolvable Liquid Concentrated Hand Soap Packets

Are 1000 – 1500 mL hand soap cartridges a problem for you?

They are now if you haven’t heard of Aqua Chempacs dissolvable hand soap packets.

First, they save you serious money on shipping. Instead of sending those heavy and bulky hand soap cartridges weighed down with water, you get nice and neat little 20 gram soap packets (they’re just like ketchup packets). The savings are massive because these packets have 50x less volume than cartridges.

The hand soap dispensers that use these hand soap packets are reusable. So, you don’t have to reuse plastic cartridges every time you need a refill. That’s a huge boost to the environment, which you can let your customers know about.

And there’s nothing to using these packets. Simply open the dispenser, put the dissolvable packet in, add water, and you’re set to go!

2. Commercial Cleaning Solutions

So now, simply take those dissolvable packets from above and apply them to every imaginable commercial cleaning process you have.

Start with spray bottles you use to clean surfaces. Add the same idea to your mop buckets. And the same also applies to your mechanized floor cleaners.

All packets are color-coded and sized exactly to the products for which they’re designed. So that reduces employee mistakes and means you use only the amount of product you need. This really piles up the savings for you!

3. Customized Cleaning Kits Are Available

Now, Aqua Chempacs’ pre-made commercial cleaning solutions will no doubt make a huge difference for your bottom line and environmental impact.

To maximize your savings even further, the company works with you to create customized cleaning kits for your specific needs. This eliminates so many of the complicated problems that you typically face with cleaning chemicals, such as:

  • Wasted product
  • Using complicated proportioning devices
  • Storage space issues
  • Training and supervising employees in the chemicals’ usage
  • Exposure to harsh concentrates

Yes. All that.

We’re raving fans of Aqua Chempacs. But we’ll only recommend them to you if they make sense for your company.

And if you hear us throw out their name, jump for joy because you’re going to love the results they give you!

What to Do About the Worldwide Container Shortage

Did you foresee COVID bringing about this issue?

Containers are available, but not in the possession of who needs them. They’re piled up in inland facilities, in ports, and some are sitting on transpacific shipping vessels.

The shortage has been so bad that some companies have seen their shipping costs rise by as much as 300%. Ikea has even called this a “global transport crisis.”

On top of all this, other options remain limited and e-commerce demand continues to shoot through the roof. A past option would have been to ship via air. However, traveling is obviously severely restricted, so that continues to be just a highly limited (and also costly) option.

While this crisis plays its way through the global economy, what can you do?

Take a look at some of your options:

1. Pass Costs Onto Your Customers

While the global economy is mobilizing to alleviate the shipping container shortage problem, shipping costs have been forecasted to remain on the high side all year long.

In other words, we likely don’t have a quick solution to the problem.

In the meantime, the best you can do may be just to pass the costs onto your customers.

After all, your competitors will be subject to the same market forces too. If they decide to not increase their prices, they’ll have to eat the additional shipping costs themselves.

And they’ll only be able to do that for so long.

2. Increase Order Size

It may be time to leverage the “economies of scale” to your advantage moreso than ever before.

This may be a viable solution because not only can you drive your shipping costs down, but you can possibly protect yourself from not having your product available to sell at all.

The shipping container shortage has led to the complete unavailability of shipping containers for weeks or months at a time.

Placing large orders may fill those gaps so you at least have your product and can keep the cash flowing.

3. Redesign Your Products’ Packaging

Now may be the time to audit the packaging efficiency of your top-selling products.

There’s plenty of companies who can help you out if you need to do this at scale but don’t have the manpower to execute now.

With leaner packaging, you also maintain your competitive advantage even when the container crisis ends.

It may be just the thing your competitors overlook.

Yes. You can make it through the global shipping container shortage.

With the right approach, and a little bit of luck, you’ll find yourself in a better position on the other side of this crisis.

5 More Actions You Can Take to Deal with Increasing Corrugated Cardboard Prices

When will those corrugated cardboard prices come back down?

It simply doesn’t happen that the prices of corrugated increase without a corresponding increase in the material itself. But COVID has made just that happen.

And even when you plan for the usual price increases, you still have intense pressure to keep corrugated cardboard’s costs in check.

Here’s some more actions you can take to drive down the costs of corrugated cardboard right now:

1. Consolidate Your Own SKUs

Not only will reducing your own SKUs decrease the costs of corrugated cardboard, but it helps with your own inventory control too.

Which SKUs have you thought about dumping for a long time, but have just never taken the action to eliminate?

2. Audit Your Supply Sources

Whether you work with a distributor or the actual corrugated cardboard manufacturer, make sure that they use the latest manufacturing machinery.

Suppliers and distributors are keenly aware of the increasing costs. And the smart, proactive ones will have the most efficient machinery and manufacturing processes in place to keep and increase their market share.

Have conversations with your current supply sources so you understand if they’re optimizing their own processes to keep your costs in check as much as possible.

3. Consider Alternative Packaging

Sometimes, the simplest solution is the best. You may just have to use less corrugated cardboard.

This may come at a bit of a trade-off. You might need to use packaging that requires more labor.

But, it may be all that you can do. Or, it might be the fastest way to keep costs down while you work on longer-term solutions.

4. Wait

Waiting is the hardest thing to do in the on-the-go world of American business. But, it might actually be a viable option, despite increases in corrugated cardboard’s price so far here in 2021.

Companies are mobilizing to meet the increased demand.

International Paper Company, for example, told the Wall Street Journal that it is spending $440 million to convert a paper machine mill in Jackson, Alabama so it can produce linerboard.

5. Compare Distributors

Now might be the time to have conversations with a half-dozen corrugated cardboard distributors or so.

Some understand how to buy corrugated cardboard in ways that don’t cause your prices to fluctuate as wildly.

They know that corrugated’s price will continue to rise. And they also know that their competition will be working hard to earn your business.

So they have ample motivation to keep your prices down.

The corrugated cardboard market just isn’t easy. But at least you have options.

And now that you have some ideas, you can create your own strategy, and hopefully keep your corrugated cardboard prices in check.