2012 PACK EXPO Educational Conference Presentations Posted by RPA

Here is an announcement from RPA about reusable packaging presentations posted from PACK EXPO 2012. For what it is worth, I do not enjoy suffering through a presentation with too many slides that more or less read as the presentation script – at least when you are experiencing it person. Having said that, those extra slides can be a real bonus if you are trying to absorb the content after the fact without actually having attended. Here is a tip. If the presentations spark your interest but leave you looking to find out more, the presenters typically include their contact information. Do not hesitate to contact them and ask them about what you need to know towards improving your reusable packaging system. They welcome your inquiry.


PACK EXPO pro­vides the Reusable Pack­ag­ing Asso­ci­a­tion with a great plat­form to help new and exist­ing users of reusables become bet­ter informed buy­ers and con­sumers of reusable pack­ag­ing solu­tions. For the third con­sec­u­tive year, the RPA spon­sored an edu­ca­tional track at PACK EXPO, pro­vid­ing our mem­bers with an oppor­tu­nity to edu­cate atten­dees about the ben­e­fits of reusables in gen­eral as well as pro­mote their company’s ser­vices and products.

At PACK EXPO 2012, RPA spon­sored five infor­ma­tive ses­sions.
• Mea­sur­ing the Impact of Reusables
• An Overview of the Nation­wide Use Reusables Cam­paign
• Opti­mize Your Sus­tain­abil­ity Efforts through a Reverse Logis­tics Cen­ter Model
• Imple­ment­ing an Asset Track­ing Sys­tem is Eas­ier Than You Think – And It’s Key to Meet­ing New Reg­u­la­tions
• Return­able Con­tainer Selec­tion Criteria

Mea­sur­ing the Impact of Reusables ORBIS Dri­ving Mea­sur­able Envi­ron­men­tal Results Pre­sen­ta­tion
Reusable pack­ag­ing can pro­vide an effi­cient method to han­dle, store and move prod­uct through the sup­ply chain while also reduc­ing a company’s envi­ron­men­tal impact in terms of solid waste gen­er­a­tion, elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion and green­house gas emis­sions. But how can you mea­sure the envi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fit? Life-cycle analy­sis is an effec­tive tool to mea­sure a product’s impact on the envi­ron­ment through­out its life cycle, from raw mate­r­ial extrac­tion to make the prod­uct to its dis­posal or recy­cling at the end of its use­ful life. This pre­sen­ta­tion out­lines the use and value of this impor­tant mea­sure­ment tool. Pre­sen­ter: Bob Klimko, ORBIS Cor­po­ra­tion, Direc­tor of Marketing-Retail Sup­ply Chain

Overview of the Nation­wide Use Reusables Cam­paign Use Reusables PACK EXPO 2012
The “Use Reusables” cam­paign is a joint project of Alameda County, CA pub­lic agency StopWaste.Org and the Reusable Pack­ag­ing Asso­ci­a­tion with finan­cial sup­port from the U.S. EPA. Use Reusables has helped many busi­nesses make the switch to reusable pack­ag­ing solu­tions, ben­e­fit­ing the company’s bot­tom line and mak­ing a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to sus­tain­abil­ity efforts. This pre­sen­ta­tion pro­vides an overview of the campaign’s free resources, includ­ing a suite of online tools and edu­ca­tional mate­ri­als, work­shops and finan­cial assis­tance. The pre­sen­ta­tion also describes results achieved by com­pa­nies that have employed the resources of the cam­paign. Pre­sen­ter: Maia Colado­nato, Envi­ron­men­tal Engi­neer, SAIC

Opti­mize Your Sus­tain­abil­ity Efforts through a Reverse Logis­tics Cen­ter Model Rehrig Pacific Pre­sen­ta­tion
The pre­sen­ta­tion out­lines the sus­tain­abil­ity ben­e­fits and busi­ness oppor­tu­ni­ties that are pos­si­ble when a reusable trans­port pack­ag­ing pro­gram is sup­ported by a reverse logis­tics cen­ter. The pre­sen­ta­tion includes infor­ma­tion on how reusable asset track­ing and waste stream man­age­ment increases sup­ply chain effi­cien­cies and trans­lates into finan­cial sav­ings and rev­enue gen­er­a­tion. Pre­sen­ter: Matt Dan­nen­feldt, Vice Pres­i­dent of Logis­tics for Rehrig Pacific Company

Imple­ment­ing an Asset Track­ing Sys­tem is Eas­ier Than You Think – And It’s Key to Meet­ing New Reg­u­la­tions CAPS Pre­sen­ta­tion
Upcom­ing gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions such as the Food Safety Mod­ern­iza­tion Act (FSMA) require data cap­ture at numer­ous crit­i­cal con­trol points through­out the sup­ply chain. An asset track­ing sys­tem can auto­mate the required data cap­ture, and imple­ment­ing one is much eas­ier than most peo­ple think.

The pre­sen­ta­tion explains how to uti­lize an asset track­ing sys­tem to reduce labor, avoid loss, and auto­mate com­pli­ance with upcom­ing gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions. It goes through the 4 steps of review­ing avail­able tech­nolo­gies, review­ing sys­tems and use, setup and com­pli­ance, and imple­men­ta­tion. Pre­sen­ters: Keith Schall, Direc­tor of Busi­ness Sys­tems and Tech­nol­ogy; and Drew Mer­rill, Vice Pres­i­dent, Busi­ness Devel­op­ment and Strate­gic Plan­ning, CAPS.

Return­able Con­tainer Selec­tion Cri­te­ria 3P Sup­ply Chain Engi­neer­ing Pre­sen­ta­tion
There are many fac­tors to weigh in order to select the most effec­tive reusable con­tainer. This pre­sen­ta­tion out­lines tools that are avail­able to help busi­nesses make informed deci­sions regard­ing the type, size and den­sity (parts per con­tainer) of the most effec­tive return­able con­tainer for their oper­a­tions. It also helps busi­nesses weigh oper­a­tional con­straints such as ergonom­ics, space in the man­u­fac­tur­ing oper­a­tions, avail­able stor­age space, inven­tory poli­cies, and oper­a­tor effi­ciency. These con­straints need to be bal­anced against inbound trans­porta­tion costs to pro­vide the low­est total deliv­ered cost of mate­r­ial to a plant or ware­house. Pre­sen­ters: Michael McGrath, Pres­i­dent of 3P Sup­ply Chain Engi­neer­ing, and Michael Kennedy, Vice Pres­i­dent of Oper­a­tions at 3P Sup­ply Chain Engineering.

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