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Packaging without a barcode – see it at drupa 2016

By Canadian Packaging staff   

Automation Design & Innovation General Coding & Labeling Digimarc Barcode drupa 2016 Matthews International Corporation Saueressig Schawk SGK Brand Solutions UPC coding

New Digimarc barcode almost imperceptible to the eye from Schawk and Saueressig.

The European Article Number (EAN) symbol has served the packaging industry well since 1977 when it was first used commercially as the UPC (Universal Product Code) barcode.

But times have changed, and packaging must change with it. Because packaging has a finite amount of physical space to communicate, it’s become challenging for manufacturers to comply with increasing regulation that cuts into the limited “canvas” for the design of packaging. It also slows the checkout process for retailers when either a cashier or consumer has to repeatedly scan the EAN symbol on the package to get it to work. It frustrates consumers and blunts retailers’ profits.

There’s an alternative available—the Digimarc Barcode—which appears almost imperceptibly many times on a package, making scanning much faster and opening up a whole new virtual world, full of information, coupons, and even entertainment. It represents packaging that is responsive to consumer behavior, retail experiences and cultural phenomena. It creates greater value for consumers, retailers, and manufacturers. The “Connected Package” integrates marketing with an interactive transaction in ways the EAN simply cannot.

Schawk and Saueressig, part of the SGK Brand Solutions group of Matthews International Corporation, and trusted advisors in the deployment of brands worldwide, are certified providers of Digimarc Barcode. The alliance provides an opportunity for brands to enhance the consumer shopping experience by improving ease and speed of scanning at checkout, creating valuable mobile engagement options in aisle and at home, and laying the foundation for numerous other valuable applications in brand management, manufacturing and logistics.


Digimarc Barcode gives brands unique opportunities to succeed in the store by directing consumers back to retailer and brand-owned sites and providing additional product information, a growing expectation of customers tethered to their smartphones while browsing store shelves.

Retailer private brands can deliver significant increases in the speed of scanning at checkout, saving millions of dollars over the course of a year for retailers, depending on the size of the organization. At the same time, the improved checkout experience increases customer satisfaction and builds brand loyalty, a necessity in the age of online shopping and infinite customer choice.

Digimarc Barcode, backed by Digimarc’s more than 20 years of experience as a pioneer and world leader in automatic detection of media, is almost imperceptible to the human eye but can easily be read by mobile phone cameras, tablets, POS scanners and other network interfaces.

For Schawk and Sauererssig clients, incorporating Digimarc Barcode is now as simple as contacting their client representative to request enhanced packaging featuring Digimarc Barcode.

Or, stop by the SGK booth in Hall 3, Stand B24 at the drupa 2016 trade fair in Dusseldorf, Germany May 31- June 10, 2016 to learn more about how Schawk and Saueressig can help implement Digimarc Barcoding. Schawk and Saueressig will be exhibiting under the SGK brand banner at the event.

About SGK
SGK is a leading global brand development, activation and deployment company that drives brand performance. By creating, activating and protecting brands, SGK helps clients achieve higher brand performance. SGK’s global footprint spans more than 20 countries, and is part of Matthews International Corporation. For more information visit:

About Schawk
Schawk produces brand assets and protects brand equities to drive brand profitability. Leveraging its 60+ years of industry leadership, Schawk identifies and deploys scalable solutions to address a brand’s complex production and delivery needs through proven expertise in workflow, resourcing, color management and imaging. Schawk is part of the brand deployment group of SGK, a Matthews International company. For more information visit:

About Saueressig
Saueressig is a renowned expert in premium rotogravure and special machinery solutions. The company supports customers along the entire prepress process and improves profitability by applying innovative solutions to the complex challenges faced by brand owners, printers and converters in the reproduction of brand assets. Saueressig owns more than 150 patents and has more than 60 years of experience. The internationally expanding company serves customers from 10 production sites worldwide. Saueressig is part of the brand deployment group of SGK, which is a division of Matthews International Corporation. For more information visit:


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