By David Callif, CEO/Owner of BCM Inks
Today is day number 73 of my self-imposed and State of Ohio imposed “Shelter in Place”. Needless to say, I’ve had a lot of time to think about life and business.
As a business owner, the Covid-19 crisis has put life and business in perspective. Since I’m an eternal optimist, I see the positive in every situation. This pandemic is no different. It presents the opportunity to “Dream BIG Again”.
Dream BIG Again, to me, means it’s time to evaluate the current business model. We need to ask what are the key business trends? How are we going to capitalize on these trends?
The biggest trends that I see are 1) Germ or bacteria prevention 2) The Remote Workplace and 3) Sustainable Manufacturing Expansion.
GERM OR BACTERIA PREVENTION
Approximately 15 years ago, I gave a presentation that discussed a growing concern that some consumers had about the spread of germs through the handling of packaging. The thought was we could reduce the transmittal of germs or bacteria that cause colds or other infectious diseases with an anti-bacterial overprint varnish. I was not the only person to think about this. Other companies, including BCM Inks have put their resources behind the development of antimicrobial/antiviral products. In our opinion, the COVID-19 pandemic has pointed out the need more than ever for an anti-bacterial varnish to coat corrugated packages.
THE REMOTE WORKPLACE
The current COVID-19 pandemic has proven that employees/associates can work from home or anywhere. This trend will accelerate as we learn to integrate the digital infrastructure. Training or upskilling will be absolutely necessary due to the acceleration of technology. According to Alain Dehaze, CEO of Adecco Group, one of the world’s largest providers of temporary employment, outplacement, headhunting, and retraining services “Due to the acceleration of technology, people are losing around 40% of their skills every 3 years.” (WSJ – June 11, 2020). Training programs such as the AICC’s on-line Packaging School will become more important than ever. A key for BCM Inks and other companies will be how we integrate the training to produce the company culture and results we need/want.
SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING EXPANSION
“Sustainability in manufacturing means minimizing negative environmental impact and conserving energy and natural resources without sacrificing safety and economic viability.” (ICIS Chemical Business March 1, 2010) The coronavirus has accelerated this trend. “The global sustainability market is expected to reach $280 billion by 2025.” (Packaging World June, 2020) BCM Inks will continue to use renewable sourced materials in our inks and varnishes. We will also explore the minimization of water in our water flexo inks.
It’s great to have BIG dreams. Now is the time to turn those dreams into reality. Please join me. Let me know how you plan to #DREAMBIGAGAIN.
David Callif-CEO/Owner of BCM Inks
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