RPA Announces Educational Sessions for Reusables Learning Center at PACK EXPO

Once again, the RPA has put together a very solid group of presentations for companies inter­ested in inte­grat­ing reusables into their sup­ply chain. Whether you are just start­ing to explore the con­cept or a vet­eran user that wants to gain more effi­cien­cies and ROI – you can learn some­thing of value at the RPA Reusables Learn­ing Cen­ter at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013. New this year, the Reusable Pack­ag­ing Asso­ci­a­tion is spon­sor­ing this edu­ca­tional forum – located directly on the show floor — to pro­vide atten­dees with easy access to pre­sen­ta­tions by end users Toy­ota, Her­man Miller and IBM, as well as infor­ma­tive ses­sions by the RPA and its mem­bers. The RPA Reusables Learn­ing Cen­ter is located within the RPA Reusable Pack­ag­ing Pavil­ion in the South Hall #6458.

And if you haven’t already reg­is­tered for PACK EXPO, the Reusable Packaging Association is offering to invite you as a spe­cial guest. Con­tact Jerry Wel­come at info@reusables.org for a com­pli­men­tary reg­is­tra­tion code. And check back at www.reusables.org prior to the show for updates in the sched­ule. We hope to see you there!

MONDAY, Sep­tem­ber 23, 2013

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – RPA Keynote pre­sen­ta­tion: Waste Reduc­tion through Reusable Plas­tic Con­tainer Use in Fresh Pro­duce Applications

Presenters: Frank Ratto, Ratto Bros. Pro­duce, and Hillary Femal, IFCO Sys­tems, will dis­cuss the impact of reusable pack­ag­ing on three kinds of waste: cost/labor, product/food, and envi­ron­men­tal in the day-to-day pro­duce sup­ply chain from field to retail.

11:00 – 11:45 – ORBIS Cor­po­ra­tion Pre­sen­ta­tion: How Inno­va­tion Dri­ves Proven Solu­tions in Reusable Pack­ag­ing

Pre­sen­ters: Scott Krebs, ORBIS Senior Prod­uct Man­ager, and Curt Most, ORBIS Prod­uct Manager. Learn how five For­tune 500 com­pa­nies use the newest inno­va­tions in reusable pack­ag­ing to reduce pack­ag­ing waste, min­i­mize dwell time, decrease prod­uct dam­age and elim­i­nate risk. ORBIS will present how these inno­va­tions, like x-ray detectable mate­ri­als, asset track­ing, automa­tion inter­face, and opti­mized pack­ag­ing design, have helped these com­pa­nies improve their sup­ply chain performance.

1:00 – 1: 45 – RPA Keynote pre­sen­ta­tion: Reusable Trans­port Pack­ag­ing Boot Camp

Reusable indus­try experts will share prac­ti­cal insights and expe­ri­ences into the four-step process of mov­ing from an expend­able to reusable trans­port pack­ag­ing solu­tion. Explore and learn more about the process tak­ing you from con­cept eval­u­a­tion through imple­men­ta­tion and refine­ment. This ses­sion will allow you to “ask the experts” about spe­cific areas of con­cern or issues about mak­ing a suc­cess­ful switch to a reusable solu­tion in your sup­ply chain. Pre­sen­ters: Mike Hacht­man, CEO ReL­o­gis­tics, and Drew Mer­rill, Vice Pres­i­dent, Busi­ness Devel­op­ment & Strate­gic Plan­ning, CAPS. Mod­er­a­tor: Bob Klimko, Chair­man RPA Edu­ca­tion Com­mit­tee, ORBIS Cor­po­ra­tion

4:00 – 5:00 – Meet and Greet the Reusable Pack­ag­ing Association’s Board of Directors

Mem­bers of the RPA Board of Direc­tors will be avail­able to answer ques­tions about the asso­ci­a­tion and talk about future pro­grams and ser­vices. Any­one inter­ested in mem­ber­ship is invited to attend. Fol­low­ing the Meet and Greet there will be a Net­work­ing Recep­tion for mem­bers and invited guests. Stop by the RPA booth adja­cent to the Reusables Learn­ing Cen­ter to get your ticket to the reception.

TUESDAY, Sep­tem­ber 24, 2013

9:30 – 10:00 – RPA Press Con­fer­ence to announce the win­ner of RPA’s sec­ond Annual Excel­lence in Reusable Pack­ag­ing Award

10:00 – 10:45 – RPA Keynote pre­sen­ta­tion: Win­ning Reusable Con­cepts – Lessons Learned from the Win­ner of the 2012 RPA Excel­lence in Reusable Pack­ag­ing Award

Presenter: Cindy Doman, Pack­ag­ing Engi­neer­ing, Her­man Miller

11:00 – 11:45 – RPA Keynote Pre­sen­ta­tion: IBM’s Imple­men­ta­tion of Reusable Crates for Ship­ping Mainframes

Presenters: Sharon T. Spauld­ing, IBM Pough­keep­sie, Pack­ag­ing Engineering

12 – 12:45 –CHEP Cor­po­rate Pre­sen­ta­tion: Build­ing Bet­ter Sup­ply Chains Together

Presenter: Dan Walsh Vice Pres­i­dent, Sales & Cus­tomer Col­lab­o­ra­tion, CHEP USA

1:00 – 1:45 – ORBIS Cor­po­ra­tion Pre­sen­ta­tion: How Inno­va­tion Dri­ves Proven Solu­tions in Reusable Pack­ag­ing

Pre­sen­ters: Scott Krebs, ORBIS Senior Prod­uct Man­ager, and Curt Most, ORBIS Prod­uct Manager

Learn how five For­tune 500 com­pa­nies use the newest inno­va­tions in reusable pack­ag­ing to reduce pack­ag­ing waste, min­i­mize dwell time, decrease prod­uct dam­age and elim­i­nate risk. ORBIS will present how these inno­va­tions, like x-ray detectable mate­ri­als, asset track­ing, automa­tion inter­face, and opti­mized pack­ag­ing design, have helped these com­pa­nies improve their sup­ply chain per­for­mance.

2:00 – 2:45 – RPA Keynote pre­sen­ta­tion: Toy­ota Sus­tain­abil­ity – How Reusable Pack­ag­ing Solu­tions Con­tribute to Their Goals

Source: RPA

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