27 episodes

We talk about the good and the ugly truth of the product and packaging industries from various sectors of the business. You will hear raw conversations from industry powerhouses for real impact to help you save money, time, and know what's coming down the pipeline. Pull up a seat and join us in the 'House as we discuss key essentials that will help you advance, ascend and accelerate your products to market.

Product & Packaging Powerhouse Megan Young Gamble

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    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

We talk about the good and the ugly truth of the product and packaging industries from various sectors of the business. You will hear raw conversations from industry powerhouses for real impact to help you save money, time, and know what's coming down the pipeline. Pull up a seat and join us in the 'House as we discuss key essentials that will help you advance, ascend and accelerate your products to market.

    Ep. 26 - “Sustainability and Cost-Effective Measures in Packaging and Product Development" - ​Michael Houston​, Packaging Sustainability Consultant and Entrepreneur

    Ep. 26 - “Sustainability and Cost-Effective Measures in Packaging and Product Development" - ​Michael Houston​, Packaging Sustainability Consultant and Entrepreneur

    In this episode of "Product & Packaging Powerhouse," host Megan Young Gamble and Guest Michael Houston, a packaging sustainability consultant and creator of the Shower Pouch, discuss sustainable packaging, emphasizing the importance of durable and recyclable materials. He discusses the circular economy, consumer education, and the need for brands to prioritize sustainability over greenwashing. Further insights on industry challenges, California vs. Georgia recycling infrastructure, and the shift towards intentional sustainability efforts were shared. The conversation highlights the importance of data-driven sustainability practices and a collective commitment to reducing environmental impact for a zero waste, zero carbon future.

    [Host Megan Young Gamble Links]
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    [Powerhouse Michael Houston Links]
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelrhouston/Shower Pouch: www.theshowerpouch.comEmail id: michael.houston@futurebluegroup.com
    [Additional Resources]
    Read about CFR 21 : https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/medical-device-databases/code-federal-regulations-title-21-food-and-drugs#:~:text=The%20Code%20of%20Federal%20Regulations,the%20Food%20and%20Drug%20Administration.

    Episode Quotes:
    Implement recycled resins and durable components in packaging to boost sustainability efforts and reduce environmental impact.Educate consumers on sustainability initiatives to foster awareness and a commitment to eco-friendly practices. Strive towards a circular economy mindset by designing products for durability, recyclability, and minimal end-of-life impact.If you are a packaging engineer, you should present many options to your business and obviously provide a strong technical rationale and reason to believe why you should go down a certain path.Reducing Environmental Impact of Packaging: Could it be compostable structures? And I'm a fan of looking at compostable materials, especially if it could be, you know, backyard compostable versus, you know, compostable at a manufacturing facility where you have to control certain environmental factors.Sustainable Living: Just educating yourself, understanding, supporting brands that use sustainability as a strong pillar for development and innovation.Reducing Material Waste: How can I provide the consumer experience and the delight that the consumer needs with the least amount of material possible?

    • 55 min
    Ep. 25 - "Future of Logistics: OmniChannel Strategies & Benefits Importing through Canada" Roxann Sinclair and Amanda Martyniuk, eShipper

    Ep. 25 - "Future of Logistics: OmniChannel Strategies & Benefits Importing through Canada" Roxann Sinclair and Amanda Martyniuk, eShipper

    In this episode of "Product & Packaging Powerhouse," host Megan Young Gamble discusses various aspects of logistics, e-commerce, and customer experience with guests Roxann Sinclair and Amanda Martyniuk from eShipper. They cover topics such as the impact of Amazon Logistics in Canada, integrating the online and in-store shopping experience, personalized marketing, and the intersection of products, packaging, and logistics. The conversation also touches on targeting customer avatars, unboxing experiences, and the influence of freight audits, and strategic partnerships. The guests provide valuable insights on the importance of providing a seamless customer journey and adapting to evolving omnichannel marketing trends. Amanda also highlights the impact of tariff changes on North American supply chains and the benefits of leveraging eShipper's services. 

    [Host Megan Young Gamble Links]
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    [Powerhouse Guest Roxann and Amanda's LINKS]
    Roxann Sinclair 
    LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/roxann-s-6957413/Schedule your FREE assessment roxann.sinclair@eshipper.com
    Amanda Martynuik
    LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/amartyniuk/Schedule your FREE assessment amanda@eshipper.com

    Episode Quotes:
    eShipper is essentially your Expedia of shipping.The future of supply chain management: It's a very exciting time to be in this industry. There's lots of changes that are happening.The Importance of Customer Experience for Online Businesses: That delivery experience is really what can make or break that customer their final impression of you as a business. And often it's the logistics that can either make a customer very happy or write a terrible review.When you can save a customer 10% on their shipping and then you can get them another 10% back on their customs, that is net net profit.The Future of E-commerce: I think what we're seeing is kind of a shift into owning more of your own catalog on your own Shopify, Commerce, whatever website that you have and having less on Amazon.Traffic is fantastic but if you're not converting that traffic into an actual shopping cart checkout, you haven't even converted that sale. You don't have revenue in your pocket.

    • 1 hr
    Ep. 24 - "Empowering Women in the World of Packaging + Benefits of IOPP" Jane Chase, Executive Director, IoPP

    Ep. 24 - "Empowering Women in the World of Packaging + Benefits of IOPP" Jane Chase, Executive Director, IoPP

    In this episode of "Product & Packaging Powerhouse," host Megan Young Gamble and Powerhouse Guest, Jane Chase discuss the importance of packaging and its impact on the industry. Jane, Executive director of Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), discusses  the crucial role of packaging, and the benefits of IoPP membership, including networking, mentorship, and staying updated with industry regulations. They also talk about women in packaging, leadership, sustainability, and opportunities for students in the packaging industry. Jane's background in mechanical engineering and her leadership experiences across various top companies highlight the episode, offering valuable lessons in professional growth and industry impact.

    [Host Megan Young Gamble Links]
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    [Powerhouse Guest Jane Chase LINKS]
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jane-chase-0b27937/Email: jchase@iopp.orgIoPP’s website: https://www.iopp.orgIoPP's women's virtual happy hour :  https://community.iopp.org/events/event-description?CalendarEventKey=45e2e976-ae6e-4ee7-8b56-018748265338&CommunityKey=7380e9d4-8ab8-4e3e-9439-b6cdc037ed92&Home=%2Fevents%2FcalendarReady to start a new career? Listen Here https://www.iopp.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=4909
    Episode Quotes:
    You cannot fix the quality, if you cannot understand their process.Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.In quality, it was either good or bad. You had to figure out what to do with it. I figured I'd go into operations, never do anything bad, save the world, and figure out really quickly if you didn't have good R&D upfront, you were pretty much scorned from the get go.Gender Bias is in the Professional Settings.The biggest thing is finding like minded women that are already in the industry and using them as inspiration. Network. Get out there.Sustainability in Packaging: It covers everything from different ways of recycling to EPR to all of those different things around California plastic waste, greenwashing, and some of the labeling bills that are out there.

    • 45 min
    Ep. 23- "Packaging Design, Influence, & Integrity" Vicki Strull, Founder, Vicki Strull Design

    Ep. 23- "Packaging Design, Influence, & Integrity" Vicki Strull, Founder, Vicki Strull Design

    In this episode of Product & Packaging Powerhouse, Megan interviews Vicki Strull, a packaging and design consultant with over 25 years of experience. Vicki discusses her career journey and expertise in print and digital design in the packaging world. They discuss the evolution of technology in packaging and misconceptions about packaging design. Vicki emphasizes the importance of integrity in branding and the impact of business terminology on design. The episode also highlights "shady packaging" and insights on the subconscious impact of touch on shoppers' behavior. The conversation underscores the need for intentional design and creativity to inspire, as well as the importance of understanding business jargon in creative professions.

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    [Powerhouse Guest Vicki Strull LINKS]
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vickistrull/Email: vicki@vickistrull.comWebsite: https://vickistrull.com
    Episode Quotes:
    I think that one of their misconceptions is that more on a primary display label is better.Deceptive Packaging: There's something shady about that because I'm thinking I'm getting more than I'm getting because visually I am.The Importance of Brand Purpose: So if they're not in it, you have to and we live our lives this way as well. You know, we have our own core purposes. I also think brands have core purposes.

    • 36 min
    Ep. 22- "The Circular Economy in Packaging: Local Challenges and Global Collaboration" Julia Willsie, Senior Sales Executive with Mill Rock Packaging

    Ep. 22- "The Circular Economy in Packaging: Local Challenges and Global Collaboration" Julia Willsie, Senior Sales Executive with Mill Rock Packaging

    In this episode of Product & Packaging Powerhouse, host Megan Young Gamble interviews Julia Willsie, Senior Sales Executive with Mill Rock Packaging. Julia Willsie discusses the importance of regional innovation in packaging and the circular economy, emphasizing the need for sustainable and intentional design. The conversation touches on recycling challenges, regulations, and the broader impact of sustainable packaging practices. Megan Young Gamble and Julia Willsie stress the importance of collaboration and continuous learning to drive effective packaging solutions that reduce waste and carbon emissions.

    [Host Megan Young Gamble Links]
    [AFFILIATE] Ready to crank out your content in as little as 5 minutes? Use Castmagic, AI powered tool to take your content creation from overwhelmed to overjoyed by saving hours of developing content. Save 20 hours by Signing up today! https://get.castmagic.io/Megan Read our Blogs HERE  [ link]  https://www.glcblog.site/ Subscribe & Access our Video Vault YouTube Channel [ link] https://bit.ly/GLConYouTube Join our Email List [link] https://glc.ck.page/55128ae04b Follow and Connect with Megan on LinkedIn [link] https://linkedin.com/in/megangambleLearn about GLC, Packaging & Project execution firm for CPG brands http://www.getlevelconsulting.comWork with Me @ GLC, Schedule Discovery Call https://calendly.com/getlevelconsulting/15-minute-insight-session
    [Powerhouse Guest Julia Willsie LINKS]
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliawillsie/Email: julia.willsie@millrockpkg.com
    Additional Resources: 
    Feature in Snack Magazine “Unpacking the Horizon” Odyssey of the Mind : https://www.odysseyofthemind.comJohn Ritter Foundation : https://johnritterfoundation.orgLloyd Steedz Foundation : https://www.loeysdietz.org
    Episode Quotes:
    And by bringing the right people together to talk about the concerns, that's when true change can happen.Reducing Packaging Waste: I think the reason why the 3 prongs of recycling are reduce, reuse, and recycle is because reduce is most important. So what I recommend to brands is talk to professionals like you, Megan, to packaging engineers, and figure out how to best reduce their current packaging.Innovative Solutions in Corrugated Packaging: The way to be more innovative is to understand the local resources available and then utilizing technologies and materials, whether you're North America, Europe, or Asia.

    • 47 min
    Ep. 21 - “Creating a Sustainable Skincare Collection" Carolina Lopez, Founder & CEO of BEJOU Skincare

    Ep. 21 - “Creating a Sustainable Skincare Collection" Carolina Lopez, Founder & CEO of BEJOU Skincare

    In this episode of Product and Packaging Powerhouse, Megan Young Gamble interviews Carolina Lopez, CEO and founder of BEJOU Skincare. Carolina shares her inspiring journey from engineering to clean beauty entrepreneurship, emphasizing sustainability, mental wellness, and overcoming challenges with manufacturers. They discuss the importance of reducing environmental impact and consumer confusion around sustainability and clean beauty. Carolina's brand, BEJOU, focuses on holistic wellness and personal growth, embracing the slogan "believably you.
    [Host Megan Young Gamble Links]
    [AFFILIATE] Ready to crank out your content in as little as 5 minutes? Use Castmagic, AI powered tool to take your content creation from overwhelmed to overjoyed by saving hours of developing content. Save 20 hours by Signing up today! https://get.castmagic.io/Megan Read our Blogs HERE  [ link]  https://www.glcblog.site/ Subscribe & Access our Video Vault YouTube Channel [ link] https://bit.ly/GLConYouTube Join our Email List [link] https://glc.ck.page/55128ae04b Follow and Connect with Megan on LinkedIn [link] https://linkedin.com/in/megangambleLearn about GLC, Packaging & Project execution firm for CPG brands http://www.getlevelconsulting.comWork with Me @ GLC, Schedule Discovery Call https://calendly.com/getlevelconsulting/15-minute-insight-session
    [Powerhouse Guest Carolina Lopez Links] 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bejou.co/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@bejou.co?_t=8e2uzFOKLZT&_r=1 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolina-lopez-23aa081a/ Website: https://bejou.co/ Email: carolina@bejou.co
    Episode Quotes:
    Sustainability and Environmental Impact: Sustainability is at the core of our brand. Right? And for me, because I think it's important to define what sustainability is and what it means and, obviously, having a background in engineering, it's reducing, reusing, recycling, and recovering the resources to minimize our environmental impact.Sustainability and Eco-friendly Practices: What certifications do the manufacturer have, and what type of processes are they using to be able to not only just with creating the raw materials or the formulations, but also the packaging. What are they using? Because, right, we also have to take that into account.Becoming a Well-Rounded Entrepreneur: Remember that during the 1st couple of years, you're gonna be handling all these aspects of your business initially, all yourself. So invest time in developing diverse skill sets to avoid being a wannapreneur.Beauty Industry Sustainability: You wanna give the best to your consumers, but, really, what does data actually tell you? Are they actually saying and acting on what they're saying, or is this, kind of, like, not really hand in hand and they have to meet at some point?

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

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Julzco ,

Excellent content and inspiring show!

Megan is smart, funny and experienced. I love how she adds industry tips and pop-culture references to her podcast. She asks thought provoking questions that makes for great listening content! I love it!

hjakakksosoixjenns ,

Inspired!

Megan is a true professional and is an inspiration to me and many pros in the packaging industry ❤️🌎

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