Evolution of Product Packaging and changes over the years

Packaging industry is more than just packaging to consumers today. Consumers, distributors, retailers and food producers are looking for fresher, more thoughtful packaging solutions that has minimum negative impact on the environment.

The right kind of packaging will catch the eye of consumers, and it will also differentiate the product from the potential business competitors. A strong packaging strategy will also act as a marketing tool, informing the consumer what the brand about.

Better packaging creates brand identity in the market. A dedicated consumer can recognize it from anywhere in the environment, that’s a winning situation for the brand.


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Product Packaging during Covid-19

During the pandemic, brands are redefining their packaging and design strategy to cater to safety-concerned consumers. For instance, Swiggy introduced extra protective double-layered packaging to the food keeping it fresh and safe, while Nature’s Basket are switching to single-use paper bags that can be disposed after use.

Some are delivering sanitizers with the goods, while others are facilitating digital payments through QR codes. India’s packaging industry has seen a boost during the pandemic due to lockdwn on physical stores and higher adoption of e-commerce.

Brands are trying to make changes in their packaging and design, in an attempt to make it safer during the pandemic. The importance for immunity and safer packaging grows stronger.


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Why to change Product Packaging?

The most important aspects of the marketing is arguably the product packaging. In most cases, businesses with physical products, the packaging design is the deciding factor on whether the item is purchased or not. In today’s design-focused environment, customers give equal importance on the quality of the packaging design of the product. To stand out in the product competition, companies need to invest on the product packaging.

When to consider a product packaging redesign is the concern. There are several instances when the Product Packaging needs to be considered.

Change in sales due to Customized Product Packaging
Change in sales due to Customized Product Packaging

Budget Problems

Every Organization experiences financial and budget constraints. There are some expenses that eat the company's revenue. Also, some product packaging can be costly. Organizations can be excessively financially invested in their product packaging design without any noticeable return on investment.

Moreover Organizations have to consider redesigning the product packaging if they want to cut costs.

Outdated Product Packaging Design

The Packaging Design trends are always evolving and most of the product packaging designs during this decade feature bright colors and a lot of design elements. Today’s design standards tend to go the minimalist route. Designers emphasize a huge deal on white space, that is the blank space around the text and symbols.

Check when the product design was created. Compare the design to the current trends in your industry’s product packaging. It definitely needs an update if it's too old.

Advanced Product Packaging Technology

New technology has more efficient product packaging methods. Furthermore, there are new ways to design the packaging. The organizations can have greater updates on their branding by using new technologies on product packaging.

There are new styles to choose that may be a better fit for the products. Businesses can incorporate the latest ones in their design to create a more powerful packaging redesign.

Change in Product Formula

Product formula change with time and new ingredients become available. Latest technologies changes product’s functionalities and specifications. The product may even need a new size or a new shape.

To work on these changes, businesses also need to change the product packaging design. Beside from the obvious need to change ingredients or change the packaging shape and size, it is also a good opportunity to advertise the improvements on the product formula.

Customer Relations Crisis

Customer relations nightmares can happen even to the best of organizations. Especially when customer interaction happens almost immediately through social media, one bad piece of publicity could be fatal to the brand. It takes time to recover from the effect of the negative publicity.

That is why you should take the time to consider and modify the product packaging. It would show that you are actively trying to improve your product and image, starting with the design.

Emotional Connection To The Brand

If Organizations are asked the reason of picking up the specific product as opposed to the other five on the shelf. More often, they won’t be able to articulate the accurate reason.

It is always the emotional connections that keep a target market loyal and coming back to the brand.  These are the relationships the brand should strive to develop. These relationships can help achieve longevity and a sustainable competitive advantage.

Test New Product Packaging with Research

Test new packaging with qualitative and quantitative research. Guess the packaging redesign by actually implementing and having people's reaction to it. Analyzing what is working well to communicate the desired message and what is not. It can cost ample amount of resources and budget to test, but ultimately it can save mega wealth in the long run and increase the chances for sales success.

Evolution of Coca Cola's Packaging
Evolution of Coca Cola's Packaging

Benefits of changing Product Packaging

The most important job is to make sure that the change is the only constant. Transforming how the target audience feel about the brand, it is important to know what makes the customer purchase the product

Attract New Audience

The designs influences the audience. The product and its plain packaging attracts consumers with a minimalist. If you want to emphasize your company’s commitment to sustainability, consider adding more colors to the packaging. This attracts younger, eco-focused consumer who cares about what goes into the products they buy. Be exact with who you’re trying to attract.

Make the Product Recognizable

To consumers, changes can seem random but they are also looking forward to what new the businesses are capable of. Changed or updated Product Packaging design can even make the audience recognize the brand's logo, the unique color scheme Product Packaging is way too catchy compared to a product next on the shelf.

Conclusion

All the brands in the market almost try to be out of the box in terms of packaging. Brands can't play safe with their innovation whether it be the product itself or the packaging. If you see sales stagnant, maybe it isn’t your product as much as it is your packaging.

Ultimately, the brand has to stand out, communicate key messages and foster emotional connections with the brand through packaging.

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