Reusable Packaging Association Hosting Education Conference at MODEX — IBM, StopWaste Join Presenters

Arling­ton, Va, Jan­u­ary 24, 2012 — IBM and StopWaste.Org will share their expe­ri­ences with reusables as part of the Reusable Pack­ag­ing Asso­ci­a­tion edu­ca­tion con­fer­ence at MODEX on Feb. 6.

The Asso­ci­a­tion is host­ing a con­fer­ence titled, “Reusable Pack­ag­ing – Effi­cient, Cost Effec­tive and Sus­tain­able Solu­tions for Today’s Sup­ply Chains”. Newly-announced speak­ers for the con­fer­ence are Sharon T. Spauld­ing of IBM who will share the company’s expe­ri­ence in using reusable solu­tions to send main­frame com­put­ers to their cus­tomers; and Janet Smarte of StopWaste.Org who will speak on cor­po­rate respon­si­bil­ity and the need for busi­nesses to make the switch from expend­able to reusable pack­ag­ing. The speak­ers are part of the RPA’s three-hour pro­gram sched­uled for Mon­day, Feb­ru­ary 6, 2012 from 1 to 4 p.m. The pro­gram is designed to help those who are new to reusable pack­ag­ing as well as those who have already incor­po­rated reusable strate­gies to make more informed deci­sions about the broad range of trans­port pack­ag­ing solu­tions avail­able to help them improve their sup­ply chain operations.

Pre­vi­ously announced pre­sen­ters are:

• Bob Klimko, Direc­tor of Mar­ket­ing, ORBIS Cor­po­ra­tion and Chair­man of the RPA Edu­ca­tion Com­mit­tee
• Paul Koleske, Vice Pres­i­dent, Logis­tics, TOSCA Ltd.
• Keith Schall, Direc­tor of Busi­ness Sys­tems and Tech­nol­ogy, Con­tainer and Pool­ing Solu­tions, Inc.

These speak­ers will cover top­ics includ­ing:
• Reusable pack­ag­ing and its ben­e­fi­cial impact on oper­a­tions
• Assess­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ties for reusable solu­tions
• Finan­cial impli­ca­tions of devel­op­ing and man­ag­ing a reusable pack­ag­ing sys­tem
• Suc­cess­fully prepar­ing for and man­ag­ing the change in busi­ness oper­a­tions
• Best prac­tices for man­ag­ing reusable pack­ag­ing assets

A round­table dis­cus­sion will com­plete the day’s agenda. Fol­low­ing the con­fer­ence, there will be a net­work­ing recep­tion with refresh­ments. To reg­is­ter for the con­fer­ence, go to For more infor­ma­tion regard­ing the con­fer­ence at MODEX con­tact Jerry Wel­come, Pres­i­dent Reusable Pack­ag­ing Asso­ci­a­tion (RPA)

The con­fer­ence and recep­tion are spon­sored by RPA mem­bers CABKA, Schoeller Arca Sys­tems, Schae­fer Sys­tems Inter­na­tional and ReLogistics.


MODEX 2012, hosted by the Mate­r­ial Han­dling Indus­try of Amer­ica (MHIA), will be one of the largest expo­si­tions for man­u­fac­tur­ing, dis­tri­b­u­tion and sup­ply chain solu­tions in the Amer­i­cas in 2012. Over 500 exhibitors from indus­try, com­merce and gov­ern­ment will dis­play their sup­ply chain effi­ciency solu­tions on the 150,000 square foot show floor. The show is designed to offer sup­ply chain effi­ciency solu­tions, learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties and infor­ma­tion by show­cas­ing the prod­ucts and ser­vices of these lead­ing providers.

The MODEX Edu­ca­tional Con­fer­ence will include keynote speak­ers and more than 70 supplier-led sem­i­nars pro­vid­ing a one-of-a-kind con­fer­ence set­ting that offers prac­ti­cal solu­tions and insights geared to improv­ing today’s sup­ply chains.


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