Planning to take a break from your job search during the holidays? That may be a big mistake. “Contrary to what you might think, hiring doesn’t stop during the holiday season. Employers hire when they need new employees. A slower holiday season for some businesses means more time for hiring. It can also mean less competition for available jobs because of the number of job seekers who do take a break from their job hunt.” – Alison Doyle, the balance... more
The newly passed Save Our Seas Act of 2018 reauthorizes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program and calls for the U.S. government’s help in supporting international waste management solutions to reduce marine debris. According to the Plastics Industry Association, “the bill will help reduce the amount of waste in the ocean and promote recycling in developing nations.” “While marine debris is a huge problem, it’s also a solvable one,” said Cal Dooley, President and CEO of the American Chemistry... more
MBS had the privilege of hearing David Horsager, CEO of the Trust Edge Leadership Institute, speak at MAPP’s Annual Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference two weeks ago. Mr. Horsager touched on a multitude of topics all centered around trust. A statement that came up multiple times was, “A lack of trust is your BIGGEST expense.” How often has your boss asked you to do a project ‘when you get a chance,’ or ‘when you have time’ only to come to... more
Muncie, IN – October 2018 – TomKen Plastic Technologies, Inc. of Muncie, IN has been acquired by Canadian manufacturer QMI Group of Lakeshore, Ontario. TomKen President Bruce Carmichael was upbeat about the deal and had this to say: “I’m excited for the company to have a good future. QMI wants to stay [in Muncie] and grow here.” QMI COO Boris Garvic said that he “felt the team at TomKen was very strong.” He also said there was zero overlap between the two... more
Amazon’s new program to alleviate stubborn packaging is structured like this: We’ll pay you now to institute FRUSTRATION-FREE PACKAGING. If you don’t comply, we’ll eventually charge you for each cuss word uttered by our customer. (Our interpretation). The program is complete with its own acronym, FFP. Courtesy of Packaging Digest, read how Amazon plans to rock the packaging world. https://www.packagingdigest.com/sustainable-packaging/amazon-incentivizes-brands-to-create-frustration-free-packaging-2018-09-18/
To what length of complexity will plastic critics elevate a simple, everyday experience like drinking through a straw? Let’s investigate our options. We can choose a natural bamboo straw, which can be tossed away (literally) to decompose. We can choose an aluminum straw, but how will we keep it clean? Oh yes, it comes with its own little cleaning brush–which probably harbors bacteria, so let’s use disinfectant. We can keep all of our drinking straw supplies in a pencil-type pouch,... more
Flip through the only salary survey dedicated exclusively to the packaging professional as a sleek new digital e-book. “The most significant aspect of this year’s survey is not contained in the statistical detail. It is in the sheer number of responses,” MBS Advisors Recruiting President, Dennis Gros, says in Packaging World. See how your salary compares to more than 1,000 packaging professionals in every industry from medical device packaging to plumbing. Elite and Premium members can read the Salary Survey Report... more
The job titles tell the story. During 2018, “maintenance” job titles surprised us by representing 16% of our clients’ job requirements! Here is the frequency of the following keywords in the titles of our clients’ jobs during 2018: 27%, Sales or business Development 27% Manager 18% Technician 16% Maintenance 12% Mold or Tool 10% Engineer 6% Quality 2% Project ZERO: Design!! Doesn’t anybody want any new ideas this year?