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IoPP’s 2019 Salary Survey: Youth optimistic on salary

Earlier this year, MBS partnered with the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) in a salary survey focused solely on individuals in the packaging industry. The results were strongly optimistic for young people in this sector. Though the demographics skew younger and less experienced than in previous years, optimism about the expectation to earn more than last year is stronger among those responding in 2019 than it was for those responding in 2018. Raises are correlated to age, with those at... more

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Perfume or liquor?

Our friends at Packaging Digest created this fun short quiz. They noticed how similar the packaging was for perfume bottles as it was for liquor bottles. The quiz shows you a picture of each with the logo removed and you have to guess if the bottle you are looking at is designed for perfume or liquor. See if you can tell the difference. It only takes a few minutes. Take the quiz. https://www.packagingdigest.com/packaging-design/perfume-or-liquor-does-the-package-tell-you-2018-08-28  

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How did I miss it?

National Adirondack day! The first national celebration of the Adirondack chair was June 21st. The iconic chair dates to 1903, and its design is all American. The proclamation of National Adirondack day was declared this year by Adams Manufacturing, a producer of durable, useful outdoor furniture made of plastic. Let’s prevent such a mental lapse in the future. Mark your calendar now for other notable celebration days upcoming in the next few weeks. July 6: National Fried Chicken Day July... more

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Paycheck plus

How much do you earn at your current job? Okay, that’s the number. Now, add $8,850. (Do you feel better?) The value of an average employee benefits package in the plastics industry is $8,850 per employee, according to survey results from MAPP and ARPM. The components may include employer contributions toward health, vision, dental, and life insurance, 401(k) contributions…some offer childcare, legal assistance or fitness coaching! Read more about your $8,850 in this article from Plastics Business, written by Ashley... more

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Best Practices to Avoid a Costly Bad Hire

Our friends at Mueller Prost recently posted a great article entitled False Resumes are on the Rise: Top 5 Best Practices to Avoid a Costly Bad Hire. The article goes into detail about what you should do BEFORE you hire that too-good-to-be-true candidate, touching upon topics from background checks to standardized testing. Incorporating some of these ideas could save you from hiring the wrong person and help you hire the right one! (Of course, we can help with your selection... more

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Is it a plastics problem or a recycling problem?

Having only been in the plastics industry for 5 short years, I have conflicting feelings on the use of plastics. Of course, I want to save the environment–who doesn’t? I hear all the anti-plastic media hype with pictures of sea turtles that are trapped in the beer can holders. I see the pictures of plastic waste in the ocean and it breaks my heart, and it should. But, what I don’t hear about is how much plastic has changed our... more

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2019 PLASTICS SALARY SURVEY RESULTS ARE IN

FLORENCE, MASSACHUSETTS, April 29, 2019 – Compensation of professionals in the plastics industry posted another healthy gain last year, according to the 2019 Plastics Salary Survey conducted jointly by SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals and MBS Advisors. This year’s participants reported their base salaries at an average of $106,354 and their total compensation (including performance incentives) as $134,229. Those numbers are greater than 5% and 12% respectively from the previous year’s survey result. A total of 1,439 plastics industry participants contributed their... more

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Gig me here, gig me there

The juxtaposition of two seemingly unrelated news stories caught my eye. My newsfeed list presented an article about the FASTEST DISAPPEARING JOBS just above GIG WORKERS ARE NOT EMPLOYEES. In my opinion, these stories are related. The first article lists postmasters, telephone operators, and watch repair technicians in the vulnerable list. I would add taxi drivers, fast food cashiers, and travel agents. Oh, sorry, travel agents are already extinct. The second news piece addresses the case of people who accept... more

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