PMMI Podcast

With the unPACKed with PMMI podcast, listen to packaging and processing news and insights on the go, in the comfort of your home, in the office – whenever you find the time.

You’ll hear from industry influencers, executive Q&As, case studies and more as we dive into your most pressing business challenges in real-time – including how PMMI and its members are continuing to mend business operations following the events of the COVID-19 crisis. 

To start listening, search for “unPACKed with PMMI”on Apple Podcast, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Ignite Your Business Success with a Powerful Culture Transformation

Guest: Jamie Notter, Co-Founder and Culture Designer, PROPEL

This episode delves into the evolution of workplace culture, highlighting its shift from superficial activities to a core strategic focus over the past 15 years. The Great Resignation further accelerated this change by making employees more discerning about their work environment and expectations. Notter emphasizes that cultural change, contrary to common belief, can occur rapidly and should be an ongoing process to align with organizational success.

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The Future of AI: Turning Fears into Frontiers

Guest: Tom Morrison, CEO of Metal Treating Institute Management

In this episode we dive into the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) with Tom Morrison. We address common fears like job loss and the potential for misuse while encouraging companies to adopt AI to help shape a better future. Morrison says AI isn't about cutting jobs but about improving efficiency and expanding what we can do. 

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Economic Insights for Tomorrow: A Talk with Brian Beaulieu

Guest: Brian Beaulieu, CEO and Chief Economist of ITR Economics

In this episode, Brian Beaulieu discusses the economic outlook for the mid-2020s and strategies for businesses in the packaging and processing industries. We explore how technological advancements and strategic planning can address challenges like labor shortages and inflation. Brian also offers insights on global economic trends and preparation for potential downturns in the 2030s. Tune in for crucial advice on steering your business through upcoming economic changes.

Designing Tomorrow: The Circular Economy's Role in Sustainable Packaging

Speaker: Tim Grant, director and founder, Lifecycles

On this episode where we delve into the circular economy's role in sustainable packaging with our guest, Tim Grant. As director at Lifecycles, Grant sheds light on the importance of integrating economic considerations into environmental strategies, highlighting how the circular economy offers a more accessible framework for both industry and government. We navigate through the complexities of sustainability metrics, discussing the balance between reducing material use and promoting recyclability. Join us as we unpack the challenges and opportunities in aligning sustainability goals across global supply chains, driven by both consumer demands and the pivotal role of multinational corporations.

Navigating Global Trends

Guest: Jorge Izquierdo, VP, Market Development

In this episode, Jorge Izquierdo, vice president of market development for PMMI joins us for a deep dive into PMMI's latest reports on the world packaging machinery market and the guide to global markets which  provide invaluable insights into market sizes, growth expectations, and detailed analyses of the packaging machinery import landscape. Tune in to hear not just numbers, but narratives that drive international market strategies. We'll explore the significance of sustainability, the digital revolution with Industry 4.0, and labor dynamics affecting the packaging industry.

Shifting Gears in Sales: Embracing the New Buyer Journey in Packaging

Guest: Matt Neuberger, President/CEO, Neuberger & Company, Inc.,

In this latest episode we dive into a discussion with sales expert Matt Neuberger about evolving sales trends particular to the packaging industry. Matt highlights a paradigm shift where buyers now favor a "sales rep free" experience, preferring to research and make decisions independently. As a result, he emphasizes the importance of sales reps becoming thought leaders who offer valuable insights into business improvement, rather than focusing on technical specifications. Matt also shares strategies to increase sales close rates, the common pitfalls in sales approaches, and the power of understanding and addressing the real pain points of clients. Tune in to discover actionable sales techniques and to understand the subtleties of buyer-seller dynamics in today's market.

Emerging Trends in Pharma Packaging: AI's Rise and Machinery Advances at PACK EXPO East

Guest: Rebecca Marquez, Director, Custom Research

In this episode we delve into the current and emerging trends within the pharmaceutical packaging machinery industry, with a special focus on AI's impact and the shift towards more reliable machinery. See the latest in pharmaceutical packaging machinery live and up-close at PACK EXPO East this March. 

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Discover the Future of Automation at PACK EXPO East

Guest: Tom Egan, VP, Industry Services, PMMI

In this episode, we explore the booming trends in packaging and processing automation – from insightful industry reports to the cutting-edge technologies embraced by CPG companies. Get a sneak peek into what PACK EXPO East has to offer, where attendees can explore the latest in automation capabilities, and attend educational sessions right on the show floor. 

The Digital Shift: How Remote Trends are Revolutionizing the Industry

Guest: George Blunt, Consulting Analyst, Interact Analysis 

This episode explores the dynamic world of remote services in the packaging and processing industry with guest George Blunt. We dive into the insights from PMMI's latest white paper, "2024 Trends in Remote Services and Monitoring," covering virtual factory acceptance tests, remote support, training, and predictive maintenance. We discover the driving forces behind the adoption of remote services, including reducing machine downtime, optimizing performance, and speeding up support and gain a glimpse into the future of remote services, with a focus on addressing the industry's skills gap and leveraging technologies like augmented reality.

Episode #143 - Sealing the Deal: Unwrapping the Art of Negotiation

Guests: Angela Hall, Associate Professor, Michigan State University and Joyce Longfield, Principal of HPP applications, Good Foods Group

In this episode we delve into the crucial topic of negotiation. Negotiation is a skill that holds significant importance in career development, yet it's not always innate for many individuals. The question we're exploring today is: Can negotiation be learned? Joining the pod is Angela Hall, an expert in negotiation skills development and Joyce Longfield – Principal of HPP applications, Good Foods Group and member of PPWLN. The pair are here to shed light on the art of negotiation, offering insights and strategies that can empower individuals to enhance their negotiation skills and navigate various career scenarios successfully. 

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