Packaging-integrated-products: capturing new opportunities in the front end of product development

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine how firms manage the front end of new product development projects where packaging forms a core part of the product itself. Within the fast moving consumer goods industry innovation provides opportunities to create packaging that forms an integrated part of the product offering. We refer to these as packaging-integrated-products. Our study conceptualises three levels of integration and investigates how they impact upon the management of the front end.

Design: The study consisted of a two phase design. This involved a preliminary study with key informants followed by a multiple case study design, which examines product development projects with differing extents of packaging integration.

Findings: Our results identify nine different new product opportunities. We also present eleven propositions that reveal the key characteristics of the front end of packaging-integrated development projects, as well as the project management requirements to capture the opportunities they present.

Research Implications:
Initial insights into a number of unique front end project management characteristics required to deliver different project types form an area for further research to better understand product packaging integration. The propositions presented guide the way forward for future studies.

Practical Implications: The findings provide marketers with new understanding of three types of new product opportunities presented by packaging integration and demonstrate what is required to capture the opportunities they present in the front end of product development.

Value: The paper contributes to extant studies of packaging development in the marketing literature, which have previously failed to capture the high levels of integration between packaging and the product. We present a new conceptual approach to understanding integration and subsequently uncover how the opportunities it presents can be captured.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Marketing
Early online date15 Sep 2022
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online - 15 Sep 2022

Keywords

  • New product development
  • Front end innovation
  • Packaged Foods Sector
  • Packaging Innovation
  • Packaging

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