I was invited to provide a keynote to several hundred executives in the consumer and food products (CPG) industry on the broad theme of the future of packaging – NatureWorks being the company behind many bio-degradable packaging initiatives. My keynote covered a wide range of issues – smart packaging, intelligent packaging, and the impact on the supply chain, logistics, shipping. It also explored the vast trends reshaping the retail space – Amazon everywhere, same day shipping, pick-and-pack, the disappearance of cash registers – and the role that smart packaging plays in this disruptive trend. And finally, a nod to food product and safety issues, and the role of blockchain going forward in dealing with food traceability issues.
Archives for February 2014
It was a bit of a whirlwind the last two weeks, with keynotes in Anaheim (medical device industry), Phonenix (top farming producers) and two in Orlando (the first being for Ameriquest; more on that to come.
The other event I opened in Orlando was for the 2013 Innovation Takes Root conference with Natureworks; they’re the manufacturer of plant-based Ingeo biopolymer (polylactic acid) product, most often used in food packaging. (You’ll remember the infamous “noisy” Sun Chips bag launch a few years ago; that was their product. They age since fixed the sound issues.
There’s a bit of coverage of my talk on the Pack Web Asia Web site which my news filter picked up, so I’ll run. You can read the full article here.
Innovation Takes Root 2014: NatureWorks Conference – Day One
USA – Orlando, Fla, The Innovation Takes Root conference, organized by NatureWorks, brings together Ingeo users from across the product’s different global vertical market segments to share the innovative solutions being created using the PLA (polylactic acid) biopolymer, reports Trina Tan.
In the spirit of the conference theme, the program kicked off with a keynote presentation by Jim Carroll, a futurist, trends and innovations guru, who challenged the audience to reconsider their attitude towards innovation, and their willingness to adapt to change in our economic, social and environmental global ecosystem.
One of the interesting points raised by Carroll was about how packaging is increasingly becoming THE brand (think about the consumer experience of opening an Apple iPhone packaging), which in turn makes it even more vital for brand owners to make use of the Package to market themselves, and push the packaging supply chain to innovate.
Bearing in mind the constant shifts in the market, Carroll said, “We need to learn to look at the market trends, and see the opportunities that lie behind them.”
This organization, a heavy weight in the credit card processing space, invited me in to speak to their annual users group conference. I covered the range of issues that are driving the pace of change in their industry – everything from mobile to biometrics, the disruption of the retail space, security and privacy issues, faster consumer expectations and the potential imapct of cryptocurrencies.
From my keynote in Orlando this morning, for a keynote on sustainability.
Some folks have asked for the bullet points, since it makes for quite a bit of fun from the stage.
So here we go: why is sustainability a lot like teenage sex?
- no one is sure what it is, but they hear that its great
- everyone thinks that everyone else is doing it
- those who say they are doing it are probably lying
- the few who are doing it aren’t doing it very well
- everyone hopes it will be great when they finally do it
- once they start doing it, they’ll discover that it is going to take a while to figure out how to get really good at it
- and they’ll realize that they’ll have to try to discover a whole bunch of new methods of doing it to really figure it all out
Weed zapping robots, digital spatial farm management, iPad based farm management, accelerated science – this leading publication in the agricultural sector asked me to come in and put into perspective the speed with which transformative change is occurring in this already highly-innovative industry. In the room I had farmers and producers, ag company representatives and many, many more!
One of the world’s largest conference organizations, they engaged me three times to speak at various events, including this one – the massive IMTS manufacturing show, one of the largest manufacturing events in the world. I gave a talk on how world class manufacturing organizations are aligning themselves to the era of acceleration through challenging their design process, methodologies, time-to-market concepts and operational agility.