Jungle Wisdom

Good cheer is welcomed here

The survey results are in, and you’re optimistic! 1,994 respondents completed the 2011 Plastics Salary and Trends Survey, up considerably from 2010.  The survey is co-sponsored by Gros Executive Recruiters and the Society of Plastics Engineers.  here are highlights: The percent of respondents reporting they have confidence that their job will exist in 12 months has remained fairly stable over the last seven surveys at around 92%. But the type of confidence has changed significantly.  More respondents report being very... more

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Gros-SPE 2011 Salary Survey: Tone is Positive

2011 Salary Survey Reveals Plastics Industry Outlook Remains Positive JUNE 3, 2011 — Plastics industry professionals report continued optimism within the industry, according to the 2011 Plastics Salary and Trends Survey. The annual survey is conducted by Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and Gros Executive Recruiters. 72 percent of survey respondents reported being very confident that their jobs will exist in 12 months, and 70 percent of plastics industry employees expect salary increases. In addition, managers and employers expect employee compensation... more

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How light is lightweight?

We’re reached the end of the era of lightweighting in package design, according to brand design guru Peter Clarke.  I’m reminded of the story that in 1899 the US Commissioner of Patents proposed to close his office because everything had been invented (whether true or myth). The term light-weighting refers to product design and manufacturing to reduce the size, mass, and materials required to manufacture a package.  For example, the evolution of formerly sturdy drinking water bottles to a flimsy,... more

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Wow! Look at the MONEY!

Don’t get too excited.  A raise of 2.8 percent?  We will take it to the bank (uh, I’ll take mine to the gas pump).  The average professional in packaging saw his/her compensation increase by 2.8 percent in 2010.  that’s the result of our recent survey of packaging professions. Quick background: Average earnings of packaging professionals in 2008 was $101,879.  In 2009, $101,470 and in 2010, $104,847.  partners in the packaging survey are the Institute of Packaging Professionals, Packaging World publications,... more

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Looney observations

This has been a curious week.  For some reason, several individuals in my life who are typically prone to logical, rational thought decided instead to take the opposite course.  They made wild decisions.  They acted strangely.  I noticed something else this week…we had a full moon. What do these diverse phenomena have in common?  Let’s explore the facts. Although the moon in only 1/80 of the earth’s mass….the water of every ocean in the world obeys the gravity of the... more

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Ahhh…it feels a little better

The job market for executives in plastics and packaging improved significantly in the first quarter.  It’s time to reevaluate the Gros Job Market Index to Employer +1.  yet, applicants outnumber the available jobs.

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Back to relationships

Remember the online auctions? If you were a seller of custom components or materials in the early to mid 2000s, I just sent a shiver up your spine. Plastic’s biggest customers had embraced ecommerce in an attempt to eliminate the sales  process.  I suppose they also were trying to eliminate the buying process.  Because in an online auction, the only variable was price. The mammoth customer would publish a specification and invite potential suppliers to bid for the work.  Bidding... more

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Avoiding the obvious?

Our firm co-sponsors the two most highly regarded compensation surveys in our industry: The Institute of Packaging Professionals annual survey, and The Society of Plastics Engineers salary and trends survey We’ve noticed a significant tracking statistic that isn’t included in the survey analysis.  But maybe it should be.  The number of participants is down, sharply.  In round numbers, here’s a tally of the number of professionals who volunteered their compensation information for each study: peaklow%loPP2634 (in 2010) 1950 (in 2011)-26%SPE3218... more

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