Creating production injection moulds in a facility without a tool shop is a huge challenge. Managing a company department that must simultaneously secure ongoing production and create new moulds may generate delays and many other unforeseeable events. Ultimately, however, the development of our company in this direction is proving to be very beneficial, as it gives us unlimited control over the whole process – from the idea to the finished product. So how do we use this competitive advantage at Politech?
When, at the beginning of the 20th century, someone managed to travel to the United States, it seemed as if they had touched the edge of heaven. In the post-war years of communism, it was no easier to leave the country, and the things brought from across the ocean were becoming a kind of artefacts. There was even the expression “uncle from America”, which was automatically associated with people who sent their families incredible gifts from this great, free and often unreachable country.
Why is it the only country in the world which the Polish people were so fascinated with? Why does this fascination last until today, well into the times of easy travelling and the global village? The desire to possess goods with the “Made in USA” label is still deeply rooted in the minds of Poles, which in recent years has manifested, for example, in the strong trend of importing cosmetics from America. It is worth taking a look at this fashion and deciding whether it is a matter of blind fixation or is actually beneficial.
What is the secret of the success of American cosmetics
The Internet is full of positive comments about cosmetics produced in the United States. For the most part however, these are reviews from ordinary users, not professionals who have carried out independent comparative studies. However, if we trust the opinions of customers, we will find out that durability and efficiency are the advantages of cosmetics from across the ocean. Customers also highlight the fact that Americans have access to the most modern laboratories and the best professionals dealing with cosmetic products.
Fashionable cosmetics and perfumes from the USA
MAC Cosmetics is one of the most well-known, prestigious cosmetic brands from overseas. Interestingly, the company was originally founded in Toronto, Canada, but these products have become some of the most desired goods purchased by people visiting the United States.
Clinique is another popular brand founded by Evelyn Lauder, a goddaughter of Estee Lauder, who is the founder of one of largest cosmetics and perfume companies in the world. Clinique is known for its care for sensitive skin. In 1968, it was the first company to launch a series of dermatologically tested products. Today, its important line covers skincare and regeneration products for people who have undergone all sorts of treatments and operations.
While listing the cosmetic products from the USA, you cannot miss EOS, that is, Evolution of Smooth. The company has launched a wide range of products, but it is most famous for its lip balms, principally their packaging. Small, round cases, always in trendy colours and pleasant to the touch, delight customers all around the world.
Marc Jacobs Beauty is a brand founded by Marc Jacobs, an American fashion designer. Apart from the clothing industry, Marc Jacobs has also been successful on the global perfume market. His products gained popularity after a series of controversial advertising campaigns. Today, the rapidly growing branch of the brand is Marc Jacobs Beauty, with luxurious make-up products.
Laura Mercier products offer the best possible effects which can be provided by fully natural cosmetics. A French make-up artist, Laura Mercier, decided to set up her cosmetic company when Hollywood stars, with whom she worked during filming and photography sessions, discovered her talent. Julia Roberts or Sarah Jessica Parker were among her clients. After collaborating with Madonna, she was hired as her personal make-up specialist.
The range of cosmetic products in the USA is very rich, and it is difficult to assess them in general. Undoubtedly, there are many cosmetics on American market which are worth the attention. Some of them, due to their inaccessibility in Europe, may be a treat for many native customers.
Stress, putting our professional life before private matters, constant haste in all daily activities, eating on-the-go, a lack of sleep, no time for our family… These things are typical of contemporary times. And it is precisely them that the increasingly popular Slow Life lifestyle is supposed to counteract. Its characteristics are becoming noticeable in many areas of life as well as in various industries. Similar trends can be observed in the cosmetics market, where both the producers and the consumers are heading towards Slow Life.
The belief that in the past people did not dream about having luxury goods and products made by “known brands” is certainly mistaken. The wealthy often boasted about having fabrics imported from India, perfumes from France, or suits sewn by the best tailors. All kinds of such luxuries were, however, reserved only for the richest social groups.
Bespoke production is beneficial for the customer
Politech offers standardised products such as caps for perfume bottles, rings and jars for cosmetics. Every item and even individual parts of the items may be ornamented using the following methods: vacuum metal coating, UV varnishing, hot-stamping or full body colouring. Other options available: matt finish, glitter or pearl effect. That way, the range of possibilities is really huge and if we sold stock products, it would hamper the imagination of our customers and limit our development.
Shopping for the right perfume
Perfumes perfectly complement our personality and look, make us more courageous and catch the attention of those around us. They give us that special something that makes us stand out, that sets us apart. Good perfume is pricey, and if we want to spend a specific amount on it we should make a choice that we will not regret and that will have a positive effect on how we are perceived by others.
Trends in different sectors of trade and life in the 21st century are changing ever more rapidly, leaving consumers trying to keep up. Of course, those companies that move with the times and quickly adjust their products to trendy colours, patterns, textures, scents, and most importantly, consumer behaviours, expectations and experiences, benefit from doing so.
The appearance of any packaging plays a key role in the shopping process for the customer. What is more, consumer decisions are made in several dozen seconds, with only a few being spent on looking at a single product. The process of ensuring that our goods are the ones that attract the eye of the customer for longer begin with the development of the packaging.
According to one of the most important rules of marketing, a seller should not offer their clients a product, or rather a feeling, experience or dream which the product can accomplish. This rule is well known to perfume manufacturers who certainly do not offer water that smells like orange and ginger but “an oriental and tropical sensation that every strong man who wants to keep it natural needs.”
It might seem that product packaging always corresponds to the value of the commodity. In reality, however, form often alludes to the taste, smell or composition of the product or to abstract values rather than to the actual quality of the content. How to properly select the packaging for a product so as not to let down the expectations of consumers?
Although Slow Life continues to be one of the most influential trends in the consumer market, there is also a large group of people who have a different approach to life. This group of consumers chooses cosmetics with great care, assessing their composition. They also have certain requirements related to life in a constant hurry. Instant Beauty expects quick results, 3-in-1 cosmetics, and products combining care cosmetics with colour cosmetics.
Sophistication, sensuality, luxury, beautiful scents and chic. Why is it that France is associated with these values? Why is it that French perfume is also associated with these qualities? Is it because of the unique plants and climate, which influences the locally-grown perfume ingredients? Perhaps it is so because the French have the best “noses” in the world? Perhaps there used to be real reasons for this, but the advantage of French perfume today only extends to marketing?
The future of online cosmetic sales
The cosmetic market is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. The pace of growth is set by Asia, generating up to 35% sales in this market segment. Global cosmetic sales have been increasing by 6–7% annually thanks to the rising level of hygiene standards and growing consumer awareness, accompanied by increased distribution.
The history of perfume involves more than stories about ancient incense and associated rituals, or the most well-known fashion brands and French manufacturers from Grasse, where tons of flower petals and herbs were transformed into perfume. Unfortunately, it is also a story of filth, stench and very strong aromatic oils, the purpose of the latter being to mask the other, less pleasant smells.
How to reach your target group - Cosmetics for teenagers
Targeting, choosing the target group, and looking for a product niche refers to one particular issue. In order to really understand those terms, it is worth describing them using a specific example, such as cosmetics for teenagers. While creating a new cosmetic line, a company should accurately identify the recipients of their products and select the proper means of communicating with this group.
About creating glass packaging and our cooperation with Heinz-Glas Działdowo
After years of collaboration, relations between business partners begin to look routine. However, Politech is curious about the world and eagerly discusses issues related to cooperating companies. This is why we decided to conduct a short interview with Monika Kosmala-Sójka, Sales and Marketing Manager in HEINZ-GLAS Działdowo.
Perfumes are designed to captivate with their scent; however, we have known for a while now that we often judge them by their packaging, even before smelling them. Perfume brands have been trying to reach their clients by changing the visual forms of their perfumes, using different methods. Newspaper ads, billboards and TV commercials are just a part of it. Sometimes we may see perfumes in films. Is their presence on the silver screen accidental?
When creating a series for babies, cosmetics producers seem to have reached fertile ground. Parents willingly use protective products for their children in order to ensure proper development without any skin problems. Caretakers are, however, a more and more aware target group and their requirements of products are still growing. The question is, is it worth entering the market of cosmetics for babies?
The preferences of consumers change as quickly as anything in the world around us. Consumer trends can no longer be divided into decades but rather single years, and, in certain industries, even by season. So it is no wonder that companies that are trying to keep up choose rebranding, or at least the gradual revival of their packaging design.
Some substances require a little more attention than others. The reasons are varied. Sometimes a specific temperature must be maintained, on other occasions greater container strength is needed. At other times, the shape must be specially adapted to the form of the material carried inside, while sometimes not only is product safety of concern, but also that of people in its vicinity – as is the case with hazardous agents.
Many people cannot imagine their life without social media, and it has also become an important part of the marketing strategy employed by big companies. Being present on social media involves increasing the prominence of web pages, reaching different groups of recipients using particular distribution channels and improving the image of a company.
- Elias Bittan
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- Created 10 Oct 2018
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