A Lesson About Packaging

Packaging is what we use to enclose and protect products for distribution, storage, and use. It acts like a coordinated system of preparing products for sale and end use. Packaging also is a tool that provides information for consumers. The way packaging informs helps marketers  send messages to consumers and help portray the benefits a product provides. Packaging also provides security, convenience, and containment.

Have you ever wondered how packaging got its start? The first packaging used was made of natural materials and came in the form of baskets, bota bags, wooden boxes, pottery vases, wooden barrels, and woven bags. Paper used in packaging can be dated back to 1035, when vegetables and spices were wrapped in paper after they were sold to consumers. In the early 19th century is when iron and tin plated steel were being used to make cans. Also at that time is when paperboard cartons and corrugated fiberboard boxes were first introduced. Advancements made in the 20th century included transparent cellophane wraps and panels on cartons. These helped to improve food safety. Aluminum an other types of plastics were introduced as well.

Packaging provides many benefits for protecting and securing products. What started many years ago as a way to transport vegetables and spices, has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. Packaging has made many innovations along the way and it will be interesting to see how it progresses further.

Past, Present, and Future of 3-Ring Binders

Binders have always been an integral component to any office, home, or educational facility. They allow for papers and other materials to be organized and kept in one place. Binders create a tidy look and presentation, also allowing possessions to be protected. Binders have been around for many years. What was once an organizational tool in the 1850’s is still an organizational tool today. Let’s take a look at the past, present, and future of binders.

In 1854, patents were filed for both the 2-ring and 3-ring binders by a man from Rhode Island named Henry T. Sisson. He realized a specific problem people were experiencing. The problem was that people had loose leaf paper but no idea how to organize or store it. So Henry began designing to come up with a solution for this problem. That is where the ring binder started. The first binder had 2 rings and then evolved to 3-rings. The first 3-ring binders were covered with heavy cardboard like binding and the metal parts were made of cold rolled steel. It was not until 1899 that binders were actually for sale. Chicago Binder and File Company was one of the first companies to do so.

Today, binders can be found everywhere. They come in many different shapes, sizes, materials, and designs to fit any need. Ring metals can be shaped in a round ring, D-ring, and angle D-ring. Binder sizes can range from as little at 1/2″ to over 3″ capacity. There are also a lot of materials that binders can be made out of. Poly, vinyl, and recycled materials are the most popular choices. Binders can also come in many different colors and patterns, and can also be customized with foil stamping and screen printing to meet specific needs and tastes.

Binders will continue to be a useful component for organization and storage. We will also see an increase in eco-friendly binders which are binders made out of recycled materials and soy based inks. This new type of binder allows for a more sustainable option for organizational needs. The trend towards customization will also be prevalent with binders as well.

What started almost 160 years ago as a way to store loose leaf paper has grown into an organizational phenomenon and continues to be a popular choice for storing papers and other materials.

From Airplanes to Superheroes, New USB Flash Drives

USB flash drives come in a variety of sizes, shapes, capacities, and designs. What used to be a simple and small data storage device, is now a something that not only stores information but also reflects an individual’s personality. There is no reason that flash drives have to be boring. Innovative and creative designs for flash drives help to bring a little touch of fun and spirit to these small device. Check out these new USB flash drives that have morphed from a device into an accessory.

One of the newest flash drive designs is airliner tail fins that come painted with your favorite airline logos. These tail fins can give your computer wings!

Another new flash drive design has powers all its own. The newest character from USB flash drive designer Mimoco, was designed in honor of Batman’s 75th anniversary. The design was inspired by Batman’s original appearance from the 1939 comics.

If I told you there was a rechargeable battery that recharges via USB that is also a flash drive would you believe me? Well its true! The new AA USB is here and is literally an AA battery form factor flash drive which is also a rechargeable AA battery. They have a removable adapter cap which allows it to be used in place of standard AA batteries and when the cap is removed, it can be plugged into an USB port to recharge.

Who new a USB flash drive could be functional and luxurious. A new luxurious pebble shaped, silver plated USB flash drive has been designed and hand-crafted in France to add a designer feel to technology. The pebble shape allows for easy portability, while the design introduces elegance.

SDXC the future in flash drives

SDXC from the SD Card Association offers a whole new world of flash drive capabilities.  This memory card’s capabilities are nothing short off amazing.  It’s rumored to be able to store 100 HD movies, 60 hours of HD recording or 17,000 fine-grade photos.  These types of capabilities will no doubt come with a price tag.  To become an early adapter of this technology you can expect to pay upwards of $450.

These memory cards are commonly used in cameras, smartphones, camcorders, navigation systems, gaming consoles and laptops.  However, the view for the future is more expansive as mentioned in an excerpt from this article.

 Last year Toshiba talked about putting SDXC slots in TVs, which would allow users to play movies directly from SD media. The company envisioned users going to movie-vending machines from where they can buy movies on SD cards.

Oh the future, where everything is just a flashdrive away.

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