Packaging Containers (Forms) For Milk And Dairy Products

Bottle

The glass bottle still continues to be used for packaging of milk in some parts of the world. However in several developed countries and some of the developing countries it has lost ground to single service containers for packing milk.

Carton

The cartons are the preferred medium or form for packaging milk. They are also used for packaging liquid, frozen and coagulated milk products. Cartons are commonly made of food grade paper coated on the inside with wax or plastics; or lined with paper, plastic films or aluminium foil; or made of laminates. The merits include maximum space utilization in vehicles, and storage; ability to carry attractive printing and convenience as a means for stacking milk at super market shelves.

Retailers in the developed countries consider it the best available package for self-service selling. Cartons also play a role in the bulk packaging of milk. Cartons are commonly available either as preformed containers or as pre cut blanks ready to be formed in to containers. The carton systems in common use is

Perga (preformed) U.K

Pure pak (precut) USA

Zupack, Blockpak (precut) Germany

Tetra pak (precut) Sweden

Sachet / Bag / Pouch

Flexible waterproof plastic bags are commonly used for packaging milk and liquid dairy products. Since it is difficult to pour from these, a jug is usually also provided. The popular laminate for such bag is black or dark brown (to exclude UV light) or white. The bags may be formed from either a reeled or flat film. Generally it is a form-fill-seal system. Generally, ultra violet light is used to sterilize the films. The bags are heat-sealed and cut, the common sequence being to bottom seal, fill, move down on sachet length, top seal and cut off.

Can

This is commonly used for packaging all types of solid, semi solid and powdered dairy products. Cans are traditionally made of soldered tin plate steel, generally lacquered on the inner surface to prevent corrosion. Aluminium cans have now become famous. Cans are the most convenient for gas packing.

Box / Tub

It may be made up of wood or paper board. White wooden boxes / tubs are used for bulk packing of butter and butteroil with butter paper / plastic liners, paperboard boxes are generally used as over-wraps.

Barrel / Cask

Commonly made up of wood and coated with wax on the inner surface. Used for bulk packaging of sweetened condensed milk, semi solid butter milk / whey, butteroil etc.

Cup

They are generally made up of paper with wax or plastic coating on the inside. Used for packing frozen dairy products such as ice cream and coagulated milk products.

Collapsible tube

They are made up of aluminium and lacquered on the inside. Low cost, lightweight, ease of handling and dispensing, product protection are its advantages. Used for packing semi fluid products such as sweetened condensed milk, processed cheese spread etc.

Selling Products Online – 10 Sure-Fire Ways of Selling Your Products Online

Selling products online is an art which is mainly related to the constant activities that are involved in ensuring that your business continue to meet customer needs and you select the products that provide superior services. The success of your business depends on your ability to sell products online. The 3 things can make your selling strategies effective:

1) Finding those customers, who are searching for the products that you are selling.

2) Knowing their needs and giving them a reason to buy.

3) Developing skills for convincing your customers and converting them into buyers.

The real selling process starts with your website as the first impression of your website determines to some extent whether or not you’re going to make a sale. You can use your website as a fantastic online marketing tool, by doing magnetic presentations and focusing on your product benefits while selling products online. It should be developed in such a way that it makes people more inclined to trust you.

The key to making profits in a shortest possible time is to find out the customers who are eager to buy your products. Once you are able to find the desperate buyers who are in a way losing sleep over their problems, you will be automatically on your way to make big sales, as these buyers would not hesitate to buy your products even for little extra cost, if they find that you have the right solution to their problems.

10 sure-fire ways of selling your products online:

1. Know everything about the products or the services that you want to sell online.

2. Make your website attractive by inserting banners, scripts, sample texts and anything else that will add more value to your products.

3. Write Product description in detail and provide maximum possible benefits to inspire people to come to the decision of buying.

4. Improve your selling skills and presentation techniques.

5. Create appealing sales page that establishes creditability and triggers the buying process.

6. Add subsidiary benefits along with the main product benefits. Suppose you are selling e-Books. Then sell related products and services like tools to create e-Books within 7 days, make attractive e-book cover designs, etc., to make additional profits.

7. Find out the places where you can advertise your business successfully.

8. Try different ads to increase sign-up’s and conversion rates.

9. Revise your selling strategies to ensure that your business continues to grow.

10. Offer variety of options to order and contact you to prove that you are a genuine person.

Most of the sales are lost because of your inability to help the customers to come to the buying decision. So it is strictly necessary to develop skills to overcome this problem. This can be resolved to great extent by offering some complimentary gifts or attractive bonuses at the end of the sales page which your customer will see as a good bargain before coming to the conclusion of buying your products.

Master the art of selling, to make the process easier, while selling products online. Adding testimonials to your sales page of potential buyers or known person increases the conversion rates, as people always like to hear that what they are about to buy have been useful to other people. Using the above strategies you can remain much ahead of others by selling your products online much faster.

What Does a Product Manager Do?

The role of a product manager tends to vary heavily depending on product lifecycle and stage of the company. Due to this variability, there is a wide range of day-to-day activities, but ultimately a product manager is still responsible for doing whatever it takes to collaborate with multiple teams and move different conversations towards closure. Many product managers state that the skill of empathy is one of the most important for a product manager as you need to be able to understand everyone’s motives and make sure that you are collaborating and persuading people to support your decisions.

To provide an example of what I do on a daily basis, below is an agenda of a typical day:

8:30AM: Wake up and check major tech blogs (I work as a PM in the gaming industry) and general news to make sure I’m up to date with the competition and market. Check my Google Doc PM Task List and add/edit any items I need to complete for the day. If I have extra time, I’ll try to complete at least 20-30 minutes of any online course I happen to be taking at the time. It’s important for me to be constantly learning a subject I’m not familiar with to make sure I’m personally growing. I try my best to avoid e-mail until I get into the office or else I end up just spending my valuable morning time responding or cleaning up my inbox.

9:30AM: Head into the office and grab some quick breakfast before getting ready for the daily morning standup with my dev team.

10:00AM: Every day, we run a daily 15 minute team standup, which is generally a standard part of the agile development process. In this meeting, we have a dedicated Project Manager who runs each session and asks 3 key questions 1) What did you work on yesterday? 2) What will you be working on today? 3) Are there any problems hindering you from completing your work?

10:15AM-1:00PM: This work chunk is generally divided by e-mails, quick meetings, and KPI updates. One of the first things I do is update all of my KPI dashboards to make sure metrics aren’t out of whack and everything is running smoothly. Right now, I’m on a fairly new product and a lot of my meetings revolve around discussions for new core features that I help to scope out as well as prioritize in our ever growing product roadmap. We’re rushing to do a global launch on the Android platform so it’s imperative that we shift around all features that can wait until later builds.

1:00PM-1:30PM: Grab a quick lunch with co-workers and generally just hang out. I’m fortunate that my co-workers are also really good friends and we all get along really well.

1:30PM-4:00PM: I spend some time sitting with our sales team (in gaming we call them a live-operations team that handles events and sales within our games) to discuss a new admin tool that our sales team wants our dev team to build. I sync up with the engineering manager to briefly discuss technical requirements and then spend some time wireframing (in PPT, we don’t use anything fancy like Balsamiq) the tool and passing it along to the engineering manager who gets the right dev member to start working on the tool. I also spend a lot of time pulling data to run ad-hoc analyses on recent features that went live as well as dig into why our acquisition rate has been slowly dropping recently.

4:00PM-5:30PM: Meet with Product Marketing to get a sense of what our recent yields have been looking like and to decide whether or not we want to start ramping up marketing spend. We’ve been worried about rising CPI (Cost per Install) lately and wanted to test various ad creatives to see if split testing various ads might lead to lower user acquisition costs. Ultimately, we decide we want to hold off ramping marketing spend for awhile until we can isolate the source of lower yields recently (could be product, market, or marketing related).

5:30PM-6:00PM: Drink with the co-workers in the office and hang out for awhile before heading home for the day.

Although the list above is just one sample day in the life of a product manager, there are definitely set responsibilities that a product manager is always trying to find time to do:

Strategy Planning – As a PM, I always keep a tab of short/mid/long term product feature ideas and it’s extremely important to always be thinking about whether or not these ideas make sense given recent market changes or data analyses that you’ve performed.

Project Management – A good PM is very organized with gathering information from various teams and properly summarizing/documenting the most important information to be shared with appropriate stakeholders. For example, I need to maintain a clean product roadmap with estimated completion times and release dates not just for myself, but also to share with product marketing so that they have a heads up to when they should start working on new campaigns or ad creatives.

Data Analysis – Data is crucial to making well-informed product decisions so PMs should be able to understand and hopefully pull the data they need to run analyses. Learning SQL and Excel are a must to run basic data analysis on the job.

User Testing – It’s imperative to find time to sit down or at least speak with your users so that you can understand their problems and get feedback on what you can improve or create.

Four Actions That You Can Take Right Away in Order to Have a Productive Business Day

Doing more with my 24 hours is something that has my whole attention these days. Managing your time well seems to be an art. It’s a topic that affects the productiveness of your day, and there a lot of tips and tricks that you can use to maximize your time.

But today I want to share some of the things that I notice are working for me and in my business. For some of you, they may be nothing new, but the truth is that these tips work and you don’t need to complicate things.

Some of the best systems that work are the most simple ones.

Here are some of the ideas that you can implement right away to form better time management:

  • Do not open your email first thing in the morning

Have you noticed that when the first thing that you do after turning on your computer is to check your email, you usually stay there at least 30 minutes, maybe even an hour? Usually there are not important emails to attend to, but still you can’t help checking, right? Don’t be ashamed to admit this, you are not the only one. But you need to figure out a system that incorporates checking your email with being productive.

You need to have a schedule when you check your emails so that you don’t check it 4-5 times a day… maybe more.

Create a goal for yourself; spend only 30 minutes in a day to check your email (preferably when you finish all your work) and then be done with looking at your email for that day.

  • Don’t use your brain too much–take regular breaks

Yes, it’s true. Your brain need some rest and you will be a lot more productive by taking a break every 3 or 4 hours. Don’t work like a maniac all day long. Here is a nice schedule that you can follow to have a organized and productive working day (especially if you work from home):

7:00 – 8:00     Wake up and work out
8:00 – 9:00     Shower, dress, eat breakfast.
9:00 – 12:30   Do your work! (NO EMAIL!)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch!
13:30 – 15:30 Do your work!
15:30 – 16:30 Take a break and anything you want
16:00 – 17:30 Do your work!
17:30 – 18:30 Reply to emails, plan the next day, finish your thing!

  • Keep your focus

Keeping your focus while at your computer is one of the simplest things that you can do… and it’s very productive. If you don’t have a crystal-clear goal when you are at your PC, trust me it’s better to step away until you do. You will be so much more productive by doing this.

  • Don’t compare yourself with your peeps

You will have a big problem doing this because you will not appreciate your small results.

Maybe you are at the beginning of your online journey and having 5-10 new subscribers is the best thing that happened to your business for a long time. You should really celebrate that! But if you look at the top person in your industry and see that she can get 700 sign-ups in one day, you can’t really appreciate YOUR success.

Never forget. Your SUCCESS IS AMAZING even if it’s a small or big result. It is still amazing because it’s a result that moves businesses forward.

Keep that in mind! And think about the fact that the top person in your industry was at some point where you are right now but she never gave up.

And voila… we are at the end of this post. These are my recommendations for a productive day.

But all this advice is useless if you will not implement it right away and make them a habit. Probably the most important tip is that you need to implement this new way of doing things in the way you work. To have a productive business, you need to become a productive person and the best part is when you are productive you will perform in your business–and that is probably something that you definitely want.:)