Redesigning of Box Occurs After Kids Mistake Laundry Detergent for Candy

The maker of Tide Pods recently announced that there has been an issue with children eating the Tide Pods laundry detergent. Nearly 250 reported cases have been issued of children swallowing Pods because they thought they were small cubes of candy.     

Proctor and Gamble, the maker of Tide detergent, has decided to improve the packaging of Tide Pods to make them safe from children. What they plan to do is to add a new double-latch lid to its Pod box.                    

This solution seems quite simple, but Tide Pods also come in zip-lock bag packaging. The redesign to add a double-latch lid would simply prevent children from being able to access the Pods, not stop them from thinking they are candy.

Parents are concerned for their children because the one-inch pod includes a detergent, stain remover, and brightener that is strong enough for one load of laundry. Powerful Tide Pods cause more harm to children compared to regular laundry detergents. Although there has been no reported deaths, several children have been hospitalized after swallowing the Pods.

This convenient new way of doing laundry without the mess comes with a risk for parents. Proctor and Gamble plan on starting the new design of the Tide Pods packaging this coming week. They also plan to continue research of the package design for alternative solutions.

Going Back in Time With Retro Packaging

Packaging design is a critical decision making criteria for consumers. The first sense we use when we shop is our sight, which means we see packaging before we see the actual product. Marketers need to make sure packaging is appealing so it will entice consumers to make a choice and purchase. A new trend in packaging is going back in time and creating a retro look and feel. Retro packaging design adds a dash of nostalgia and curiosity. Below are three products that have embraced the retro trend and used the idea in their packaging design.

Doritos wanted to relaunch their taco flavor chips so they decided to reintroduce them in the original 1960s packaging. Consumers have made comments online about how much they miss the taco flavor. So Doritos listened to those people and brought the taco flavor and its retro packaging back to life. They also announced that the taco flavor will remain in the permanent product line-up.

When the very first washing machine was invented, Tide was a choice for detergent. Today Tide is still a choice for getting clothes clean. Tide wants consumers to enjoy their retro packaging, hoping it will bring some past memories back to life. Tide has been a trusted brand for over 50 years, and its retro packaging showcases how this brand has grown. The retro and vintage look of Tide’s limited edition packaging shows how it looked years ago, but has the same performance qualities we know today.

Celebrity Apprentice finalists meet 7UP as they designed retro packaging for their final task on the show. The retro look for 7UP displays the brand’s legacy from the 1970s and the 1980s. The retro designs showcase how 7UP is “The Uncola” with its crisp lemon-lime taste. It has been a great tasting brand for over 80 years, and the retro packaging lets consumers know how much it has evolved and stayed true to its roots.

Retro packaging is a creative way to bring nostalgia and uniqueness to packaging. It gives consumers a chance to see how packaging has evolved and grown. For others, it takes them back to when they got their first washing machine and used Tide to clean their clothes, or when they drank 7UP at a family picnic, or when they ate Taco Flavored Doritos when listening to the radio. Retro packaging lets consumers get involved with the packaging and product, giving them a chance to experience something vintage.

Redesigning Packaging for a Charitable Cause

Last month, we talked about companies using social media networks for cause marketing.  Now we are focusing on a company that actually redesigned their packaging for a cause.

Recently, Tide changed their packaging to go along with their Loads of Hope campaign.  That is a pretty big deal for a brand that has not Tide Loads of Hope Custom Packaging for Cause Marketingsignificantly changed their packaging in their sixty years of history.  The Loads of Hope campaign raises funds for disaster relief support.  The new design features photos of disaster victims that Tide has provided aid for, such as Hurricane Katrina victims.  The newly designed bottle also says, “You can help” on the yellow cap to help draw attention to the charity and the company’s social responsibility efforts.

This change in Tide’s packaging design shows that they take social responsibility seriously.  It is a program that they are continuing to support, and it enhances their brand image.  Consumers are more likely to buy products from a socially responsible company, rather than the competition if the products are similar.  So not only are they giving back to the community by helping disaster victims, but they are also boosting their brand image, which could increase sales and the traffic flow to their web site.  The design and custom packaging that they are using helps inform and remind consumers what they are doing to help others.  And most importantly, they are doing their part to give back to the community and those in need.