Industry: The Packaging War

The man who finally builds a better mouse trap (see MODERN LIVING) had better be ready to pack it in polyethylene, coat it with form-fitting plastic, ship it off in a fiber can, cram it into a tube or sell it in a tab-opening bottle. Otherwise, the world will no longer beat a path to his door. Attention-getting packaging is the U.S. businessman's new preoccupation. Last week in Chicago the American Management Association's 32nd annual packaging exposition drew 440 exhibitors and 35,000 visitors—triple the attendance of four years ago—to pay homage before piles of glittering containers and gargoylish machines...

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