At some point so far this year, half of the world’s population has been asked or ordered to stay home. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed most of our habits and the purchasing experience is one of the most affected. Quadpack interviewed some of its global clients to better understand what’s behind the e-commerce ‘new normal’.
The importance of following trends cannot be emphasised enough in the skincare world. Understanding trends means being able to pre-empt changes in consumer attitudes. With knowledge of what products customers are likely to buy, our clients can adjust their designs in order to better fit in with the current market. This is why we have an expansive work force dedicated to studying the market and working out the next direction it will take.
To provide the best possible service, our experts study not only beauty trends but also other markets' trends which might have a knock-on effect.
We update our clients regularly with our market insight so they can always be on the ball with the latest trends. Being flexible is vital so we provide the information needed to best adapt their product to fit with the current market. As a result, our clients will always be able to rapidly design whole ranges of products in response to market demand and be focussed on the next big thing.
Waterless formulas have become a smart, green solution for beauty brands, answering to consumers’ needs for more eco-conscious products. Besides saving water, which is the main ingredient in many cosmetic formulas, these products allow reduced packaging and are mostly preservative-free, since these additives are used to avoid bacterial contamination that is common in water.
Forget the taboo. Cannabis sativa is not a synonym of narcotics – this resourceful plant has much more to offer than meets the eye. From textiles to medicine that helps many conditions like Parkinson’s and epilepsy, the famous hemp is multi-purpose and may have amazing effects if added into your skincare routine.
In recent years consumers around the world have seen a rise in skincare trends inspired by traditional rituals or a lifestye connected to nature and well being. But don't be confused by the alphabet soup - we help you discover what's behind these trends.
The most experienced member of the Quadpack Family doesn’t believe in age labels. Her beauty routine translates into a mix of traditional and new: while she’s kept loyal to her favourite brands so far, she’s curious about new formulas and packs.
Over the past few months, as part of the new Trend Roadmap, we have introduced you to Quadpack’s new tribe of virtual personalities. Each one of them expresses a driving tendency in the here, now and future of the beauty and fragrance sector. They are there to help you keep you ahead of the curve in a consumer landscape that is increasingly nuanced. This month, representing the Oracle trend, we are introducing Rosa.
Over the past few months, as part of our Trend Roadmap, we have introduced you to Quadpack’s family of virtual personalities. Together, these people paint a picture of modern life and are there to guide you through an increasingly complex consumer landscape. Now it’s time to meet Charlotte, the Gen Z embodiment of the Phygital trend.
The success of any product depends heavily on the message it carries. Luxury, youth, sustainability, minimalism are more than mere categories: they communicate with consumers’ feelings and expectations. And how better to convey your message than with the perfect packaging? Some of Quadpack’s best specialists will guide you through the enchanted world of jars, tubes and packs.
The right accessories can make or break an outfit. It’s the same with beauty and skincare products. Whether as a gift with purchase (GWP) or as part of a gift set, the inclusion of a little something extra seduces consumers. Quadpack’s Secondary Packaging team offers brands an ideal way to do this with the Moo Collection; a catalogue of high-quality skincare accessories and keepsakes.
Last month you met Georgina. This month it’s Frankie’s turn. Frankie is the eco warrior of the new Quadpack family of personalities. The 3R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) is Frankie’s mantra, and these values guide everything he does. Frankie spends time and money making sure his food and clothing are from ethical sources. Personal grooming is important, but formulas and their packaging must adhere to green criteria.
New Design & Advanced Technologies department concentrates on pro-active research and conceptual ideas
Beauty brands need packaging that protect and enable the formula, fit the brand and bring differentiation. Considering this triple requirement as early as possible is the focus of the new department of Design & Advanced Technologies at Quadpack Industries. Dedicated to proactive research into new trends, product ideas, techniques and materials, it aims to work alongside brands and contract manufacturers during the creation of their new formulations.
Quadpack’s designers have developed three key trends based on architectural, fashion, art and demographic influences. Three trends which can be applied to beauty packaging to create surprising new designs ahead of the curve for forward-looking brands.
Mixing facial treatments is an age-old tradition. Preparing your ingredients before applying them to your face turns skincare into a ritual. One that brings a feeling of wellbeing, of spending some precious 'me-time'. Whether blending your favourite colours or combining different products, this active involvement in the practice of skincare is trending – and packaging is here to help.
A jar can be a beautiful thing. This versatile pack can be simple and elegant, warm and natural, hip and trendy or lavishly premium. Let us take you through the anatomy of a jar and inspire you with the different options we can offer – either designed and produced at our Quadpack Plastics injection-moulding facility or sourced from our global manufacturing partners.
It's a fact that make-up and skin care are growing ever closer, and it's the packaging that makes it possible. With formulas combining all kinds of benefits, ranging from anti-ageing treatment, through SPF, to colour, new designs allow favourite cosmetics to be delivered through multi-function packs. The same pack that's good for cream is now often also good for make-up. Sonia Cerato, Quadpack Make-Up Category Manager explains.
The pressure is on for today's busy woman. Increased self-consciousness, pushed by the pressure of social media, compounds her accelerated life rhythm, nurturing the demand for smart beauty products. These must allow beauty routines to be applied anytime, anywhere. Packaging providers are responding with ever more innovative solutions, riding the wave of this rising trend: Beauty on the go.
As brands focus on particular audiences, packaging will reflect the target in three key areas: materials, functionality and decoration. Quadpack's Skin Care Division highlights three lifestyle trends which will be popular in 2016.
New formula? New delivery method? No problem! Apollo’s patented foam pumps can be tested with your formulation fast, thanks to the advanced technology of its four seasons climate control testing machine and its ability to create functional mock-up samples that look like they are made from an actual production mould.
Airless containers are gaining popularity in the health and beauty markets since they provide a surprising number of intrinsic benefits. Quadpack has created an airless system that not only provides the consumer with these benefits, it also cuts down on unnecessary packaging which therefore cuts down on waste.
Yonwoo's 2-in-1 Dual Concealer packs integrate separate containers into one easy-to-use and convenient package. Available as airless jars or tubes, the new Concealer line features closures (push-top for the jar, screw top for the tube) that open to reveal a container for a second product, normally some sort of balm or pressed powder that complements the product in the larger reservoir.
Many of the new creams, gels, and oils available are sensitive formulas and need strong protection. Some may even react with something as innocuous as air, and even the best airless containers on the market suffer from a degree of air re-entry through the nozzle. Until now. Quadpack now offers Yonwoo's Airless Shut-Off Nozzle, which ensures that even advanced formulas will not lose effectiveness.
Earth-friendly containers help save resources, energy, money and, of course, the environment. For cosmetics brands, however, such words may conjure up images of low-quality bottles, jars and tubes, that look cheap and perform accordingly. Now more than ever, this could not be farther from the truth. Today's reality is that sustainable packaging can look and perform as well as concepts devised without the planet in mind, while tying in with a rising public awareness.
Gone are the days when organic cosmetics meant low-cost, do-it-yourself recipes of dubious results. The concept of natural beauty now encompasses the whole spectrum of cosmetics, with high-end luxury brands offering first-class organic treatments, free from artificial ingredients. The beauty sector now goes even beyond organic formulas, to encompass environmentally-friendly packaging, under the new umbrella of 'eco-chic'.