Annual Design Gallery Reflects ‘Natural’ and Calm Wishes

From our May/June issue: We take a look at what’s new in OTC design, plus news on the reshoring, traceability, and cannabis fronts.

Healthcare products on shelves continue to reflect desires for stress relief and natural ingredients.
Healthcare products on shelves continue to reflect desires for stress relief and natural ingredients.

Perhaps not surprising: healthcare products on shelves continue to reflect desires for stress relief and natural ingredients. This year, our package design gallery saw more mainstream brands touting what the products are free from, in some cases offering front-panel real estate to what is lacking from the product vs. what it contains. To meet the needs of ever-more-educated consumers, some packages had links to more information—this also saves space on the package to allow for minimalist designs.

For more in package design, we profile High Desert Pure and their range of cannabis-containing wellness products, complete with labels that uphold compliance and withstand potential drips from oil-based products. Cannabis brands have to get creative balancing compliance labels with aesthetics—a challenge not new to life science product veterans. 

In other news, Stephanie Neil covers reshoring efforts including diagnostic kits and PPE manufacturing stateside in her cover story for OEM Magazine. This is made possible via a combination of advanced technologies: intelligent software and adaptive hardware using computer vision, machine learning, cloud computing, and robotics. 

Connectivity plays a key role not just in new automation projects for reshoring, but in supply chain traceability. Experts gathered at HDA’s Traceability Webinar series and we cover what’s happening (and what’s concerning) in regard to data exchange and meeting 2023 traceability requirements. 

HDA has been hard at work on supply chain innovation. They recently made a statement regarding the Biden-Harris administration's efforts to strengthen supply chains, and hosted a panel exploring diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) efforts in the distribution sector.

Check out the May/June issue of Healthcare Packaging.  


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