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Congratulations to the impressive Winners of the 2018 Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards

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Photo of Director of Strategy and Operations, Marc Hyman, presenting the award for Best Omni-Channel Retailer- Large to Best Buy Canada

Canada Post created another masterpiece Gala this year at the Fairmont Royal York. The world of commerce operating in the digital sphere has continued to grow in 2018 and Crownhill Packaging is happy to be part of the Canada Post E-commerce Awards. This award shows appreciation to the movers and shakers in their respective industry, who are making the strategic decisions that matter. Canada Post has gathered experts from the Public, Social Networking, Technological, Accounting, and Academic sectors to judge the winners this year. These winners are awarded up to $150,000 worth of credits that can be used through Canada Post’s marketing services, to improve their already stellar E-commerce strategies.

Crownhill Packaging is pleased to present the Best Omni-Channel Retailer Award – Large’ to ‘Best Buy Canada’. Best Buy entered Canada during the era before the E-commerce explosion, but has quickly adapted to the digital world of commerce, creating an extensive online catalogue and focusing its marketing efforts on supporting digital promotions especially on Cyber Monday. By keeping its eyes peeled for online trends and utilizing the data available from its massive social media following the company has been able to gain great brand resonance among businesses and consumers alike.

The sponsorship of this award is dear to Crownhill Packaging, as we have had the pleasure of assisting many omni-channel retailers varying from startups to multinational corporations in providing full service packaging solutions. From corrugate shipping containers to custom foam and bubble cushioning, Crownhill has been able to protect products of all shapes and sizes, from the manufacturing centers to living rooms across Canada and United States.

Best Omni-Channel Retailer Award – Large (Sponsored by Crownhill Packaging)
Best Buy Canada

Best Omni-Channel Retailer Award – Small
Livestock

Most Disruptive Start-Up Award
LOCH

Best Marketing & Brand Engagement Award
Big Al’s

Pure Play of the Year Award – Large
Jewlr

Pure Play of the Year Award – Small
KANEVAS

Social Impact Award
London Drugs

Canada Post E-commerce Innovator’s Award
Nespresso

Photo of this year’s winners. Courtesy of Canada Post.

Thank you to Canada Post for hosting a great Gala and for putting in the great time and effort it takes recognize these exceptional organizations. Congratulations to all winners, all of us at Crownhill can’t wait to see how these companies innovate in the coming year.

Vice President Ken Wong Elevated to Chairman of the Board of the Packaging Distributors of America.

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It is with great honor to announce that Ken Wong has recently added to his list of accomplishments by becoming Chairman of the Board for the Packaging Distributors of America! Ken has been a key figure within the Packaging Distributors of America (PDA) for several years and continues to show a strong commitment to the success of the organization.

Ken possess a Bachelor of Science Degree in Packaging Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and has gained wealth of invaluable knowledge over his 30-year career in packaging. He has a great number of prior industry accomplishments, most notably receiving the Packaging Distributors of America Presidents Award in 2017.

The PDA has been an integral part of Crownhill’s business and we are proud to be part of their distribution network. It has allowed us to form strong bonds with other like-minded organizations, inspired new business ideas, and enabled us to serve our customers better.  

We talked with Ken about receiving this appointment.

Q. How do you feel about being named Chairman of the Board?

“It’s a tremendous privilege to be able to serve in this capacity. Packaging is an industry that affects all sectors of the economy and I’ve been passionate about the difference it makes for many, many years now.  We’re now at the most exciting time for packaging! With the rise of marketing and e-commerce, packaging is going way beyond getting a product from point A-B, it’s now about how your product is packaged when it arrives and the effect of this on consumers. I’m very grateful that I can influence the industry during this exciting time.”

Q. What are some of the current issues surrounding the PDA?

“Communicating the value that the PDA provides is still a major issue and is something I want to tackle in my tenure. The digital sphere is an area we’ve made great strides in, but we know there’s still a lot of potential we’re yet to tap into. I hope to make the most of the resources and talent available, to help both our customers and packaging distributors around North America see our value.

Q. Where do you see your tenure as chairman taking the PDA?

 “I want to continue to expand the knowledge base of the PDA network. We’ve built something amazing over the past 12 years, creating a solid network of companies throughout North America, that each bring something unique to the table. I want to continue expanding the knowledge base of the PDA. We’ve built something amazing over the past 12 years, creating a solid network of companies throughout North America that each brings something unique to the table. With so many opportunities for growth, I want to focus on improving member collaboration and knowledge sharing.”

Ken balances his responsibilities to the PDA with being a strong leader and visionary for Crownhill Packaging and we are grateful to have him as Vice President.  We are looking forward to the future contributions Ken will provide to the Packaging Distributors of America and the guidance he will provide to member organizations across North America.

Congratulations to the 2017 Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards Winners

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During a sold-out gala at the Sheraton Center in Toronto, on September 20th, 2017, Canada Post hosted the sixth annual Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards. Category finalists and e-commerce industry leaders gathered to meet, recognize and celebrate the companies and start-ups that are moving e-commerce forward in Canada. Canada Post awards category winners received beautiful award statues, exclusive prize packages including shipping services, direct marketing offerings and marketing services, as well as valuable industry-wide exposure.

The 2017 Canada Post awards winners are:

This year’s Canada Post awards recipients were chosen by a panel of relevant and influential industry experts hailing from notable organizations including Google Canada, Facebook Canada, Deloitte Canada, CIBC World Markets Inc., and the Retail Council of Canada.

Crownhill Packaging is honored to have been able to sponsor the Best Omni-Channel Retailer, Small Award. Finalists in this category are smaller retailers that provide their customers an omni-channel experience in both their physical locations and online offerings. They differentiate their business and its intent by using cutting-edge technology and customer-based tactics to best service their clientele. This year’s winner for the Best Omni-Channel Retailer, Small Award was Rent frock Repeat, a retailer that enables women to rent high-end designer fashion for single events. Their online storefront provides online access to personal stylists as well as detailed measurements of both dresses and models.

We’d like to congratulate the winners at this year’s Canada Post awards. The strides forward made by each of these e-commerce businesses has greatly benefited us all. We continually look forward to seeing the accomplishments everyone will undoubtedly make in the future.

Congratulations to Solutions Inc. and their Fritz™ Water Vest

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Crownhill Packaging is honored to partner with and be a corporate sponsor to Solutions Inc., a non-profit organization that utilizes current packaging technologies to create products that improve the quality of life for people around the world.

As a sponsor of Team Fritz, we are proud to announce that the Fritz™ Water Vest (developed by Solutions Inc. founder Dr. Fritz Yambrach, PhD) is the recipient of the Diamond Award at the 2017 Dupont Awards for Packaging Innovation.

Such an award (the highest given in the competition) is a testament to the organization’s hard work and dedication. In developing such an innovative and important packaging solution for at-risk populations, they’ve proven that packaging technology is both important and beneficial for everyone who lives on this planet.

Now in its 29th Year, the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is the packaging industry’s longest running, independently judged celebration of innovation and collaboration in packaging design, materials, technology and processes. Over 150 entries from 24 countries were submitted into the globally-recognized competition, with the Fritz Water Vest being awarded their
highest honor.

The Fritz Water Vest is an engineered flexible package that enables people in developing countries to carry up to 20lbs of water easily and safely. Honoring the packaging industry’s commitment to sustainability, personalization and solving global challenges, the independent panel of packaging expert judges felt that the Fritz Water Vest best exemplifies all those categories.

Congratulations to the entire Solutions Inc. team, including Fritz Yambrach, PhD, Eric Steigelman, Michael Robinson, Sal Pellingra and Mike Licata. Thanks to all the other partners who have helped with development, manufacturing and support, including Bonfire Wines LLC, Heritage Packaging, Ampac Packaging and The Packaging Company.

2017 DuPont Awards Fritz Water Vest

Congratulations to the 2015 Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards Winners

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Canada Post recently announced the complete list of winners of its 2015 E-Commerce Innovation Awards. Created in 2012 and now in its fourth year, the Canada Post awards recognize the excellence and effort put forth—by both Canada’s leading brands and its emerging entrepreneurs—in the online retail world. Celebrated by leaders in Canada’s e-commerce industry, the winners receive exclusive prize packages, which include shipping services, customized direct marketing packages with data solutions, and marketing exposure.

The winners are:

  • Best Omni-Channel Retailer, Large: Best Buy Canada
  • Best Omni-Channel Retailer, Small: Poppy Barley
  • Best Online Shopping Experience, Large: Frank & Oak
  • Best Online Shopping Experience, Small: Kayokoko Swimwear Inc.
  • Most Exciting Start-Up: Thalmic Labs
  • Best Customer Engagement: Nerd Block
  • Consumer Champion Award: Well.ca
  • Canada Post E-Commerce Innovator’s Award: Shopify
  • Community Impact Award: Manitobah Mukluks

The Consumer Champion Award is determined by an online vote, while the Canada Post E-Commerce Innovator’s Award (chosen by Canada Post) goes to an e-commerce company that has made a significant contribution to advancing e-commerce in Canada. The remaining winners are chosen by a panel of industry experts hailing from organizations such as the Retail Council of Canada, Forrester’s eBusiness Team, Hut2Hut Events, Google Canada and eComMTL.

Crownhill Packaging is honored to have sponsored the Community Impact Award. Nominees in this category have shown remarkable imagination, integrity and passion when it comes to socially-responsible initiatives. They take their corporate responsibility seriously, seeking to build value in society—locally, nationally and even globally. This year’s winner, Manitobah Mukluks, heads up the Storyboot Project, teaching Aboriginal youth the art of moccasin- and mukluk-making.

We’d like to congratulate all of this year’s winners at the Canada Post awards. The work you’ve done in the e-commerce world has benefitted us all, and we look forward to the wonderful accomplishments and strides you’ll all make in the future.

Canada Post Awards Community Impact Award Sponsored by Crownhill Packaging