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    Regulations Keep Shifting

    When a product's packaging requirements are codified by law, it's not that challenging to get into compliance - but when those rules keep changing, that can cause problems. It can be tricky to efficiently and affordably package an item when it's subject to shifting requirements: Print too many labels in the old style and they go to waste. Work with a slow printing partner and you'll have to suffer long wait times when you change designs to comply with the latest rules and regulations.

    E-cigarettes and other vaping products are great examples of items with changing labeling rules.

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  • Small companies starting online - or expanding into digital spaces - have a unique place in today's business landscape. By getting involved in the e-commerce world, you're giving yourself a way to reach a huge potential audience. While that ability to sell to the world is positive, other parts of the experience are more challenging.

    Online, you have to deal with a vast array of competitors. Making your products stand out against this overwhelming array of rivals can prove difficult. The following small business e-commerce tips will help your operations grow and become sustainable.

    Getting Better Small Business E-commerce Results

    Optimizing your company's core elements is a key part of building online appeal.

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  • Sustainable product packaging matters to consumers - which means it also matters to companies. Big firms have committed to using earth-friendly materials and set themselves comparatively short timelines for these initiatives. Your business can follow the lead of these large organizations and offer up items in fully recyclable packaging, or labeled using post-consumer materials.

    Giants Commit to Change

    Recent announcements by Anheuser Busch InBev and Nestle both name 2025 as the year by which they will achieve aggressive sustainability targets. These organizations are interested in changing the way they manufacture and package their products, and they are making public commitments to their supply chain goals and targets

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  • If you're interested in beginning a recreational marijuana business and diving into this expanding industry, you must understand the regulations in the state where you'll operate. Packaging is one such heavily legislated element, and specialized cannabis bar code labels may be required for easy tracking purposes. California is set to introduce such a system alongside legalized recreational sales.

    Careful Tracking

    According to the San Jose Mercury News, cannabis tracking labels will follow California plants from growth to their use in products. The state intends to create a closed system in which cannabis stays in California, thus skirting federal laws that haven't legalized marijuana sales.

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  • Lightning Labels customers create compelling and impressive looks for their products using the high-quality materials and all-digital printing methods available to them. Each summer, the custom label photo contest gives these marketing experts a chance to show this great work to a wide audience - while also competing for exciting prizes.

    Great Photos of Top-Notch Packaging

    The product label contest occurs on two levels. Prize-winning entries combine high-quality photography with excellent label design, and will look great displayed on Lightning Labels' website. For the past six years, businesses have submitted impressive examples of their distinctive items bearing custom labels.

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  • When your small company lacks brand visibility, it can be hard to get a commercial foothold. No matter the type of products you're selling, today's globalized and fast-paced markets will provide you with tough competition. The following tips can help you stand out within your field and draw consumer attention.

    1. Focus on Storytelling: When your brand's marketing efforts are united by a central narrative, viewers stand a better chance of remembering the company. Keepsafe Software's Jessica Taylor told the Forbes Communications Council that one way to select from multiple possible narratives is to pick the one that points to the business's intended future.

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  • Branding is a major part of small-business strategy, and can't be handled casually or carelessly. Your company's brand represents how your products, services and personality are perceived by consumers. In most cases, building up a consistent image over time is better than constantly changing tactics. However, there are times when your business branding needs a refresh to keep your operations visible and vital. Here are a few signs something has to change:

    1. Clarification is Needed: Do clients know what your company does? Has its mission changed significantly, leading to false assumptions about its purpose? Business News Daily explained rebranding can be a tool to clarify why your organization exists and what it offers.

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  • Samples are one of the essential marketing tools in the health and beauty industry. Single-use health and beauty samples allow consumers to experience a brand's unique appeal without making a major investment. This willingness to be helpful and meet shoppers on their own terms may pay off handsomely in long-term loyalty.

    Single-Use Health and Beauty Samples Matter Online

    Beauty samples sold for bargain prices at online-only stores are a key point of connection with consumers, according to Racked. Shiro Cosmetics' Caitlin Johnstone specified people may not want to buy full-sized products they haven't seen in person.

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  • Zero Waste Packaging, Zero Waste Flexible Solar Powers Personal Electronics, Wearable Technologies

    SunSoaker checks all the boxes for a green product, from zero waste packaging to zero waste power using only sunlight. The handy 5W and 10W weather-resistant chargers power up such products as smartphones, power packs, Bluetooth speakers, and other small USB devices. It’s a lightweight, durable thin-film solar panel with built-in USB port that rolls up conveniently into a small tube.

    Notes SunSoaker Director of Sales Nate Hantgin, “The sun generates more energy in an hour than the Earth can consume in one year!  SunSoaker captures this energy to power the myriad of consumer electronic devices we depend upon, and it does it as fast as a wall outl

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  • When consumers are in the grocery store deciding what to take home, they may check for organic food labels. These markings, part of the larger clean label movement, attest that items haven't been filled with preservatives or artificial ingredients. That's putting it simply, however. There are specific requirements brands have to clear before they can place various kinds of seals or promises on their packaging.

    If you're a food producer considering marketing your goods as organic, it pays to study the rules and regulations closely. Organic food labeling is a complex and precise process and differs based on the type of recognition you're applying for:

    USDA Organic

    To be eligible the U.

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