Sustainability Theater 2020

Georgia World Congress Center

Reusable Packaging Pavilion

Booth #6499

Featuring presentations and panel discussions on improving supply chain performance while lowering environmental impacts, The Sustainability Theater at MODEX is the destination for learning about the latest packaging and distribution practices helping companies create more business values in sustainable supply chains.

Schedule as of January 20, 2020

Monday, March 9

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10:30 AM

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11:15 AM

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11:30 AM

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12:15 PM

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12:30 PM

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1:15 PM

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1:30 PM

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2:15 PM

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2:30 PM

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3:15 PM

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3:30 PM

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4:15 PM

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Tuesday, March 10

Start

10:30 AM

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11:15 AM

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Leveraging Packaging Materials for a Sustainable Supply Chain

As packaging materials evolve to support the supply chain, companies are looking for ways to achieve the 3 Rs in the environmental hierarchy: reduce, reuse and recycle. When it comes to reusable packaging, there are many material options. Attend this session to learn more about material options that can support these initiatives.  Key Takeaways:  

- How material choice can impact the supply chain
- Learn about recycling considerations when it comes to reusable packaging
- Understanding of alternative and ocean bound material options
- Trends in material recovery and reprocessing

Presenter

Bob Petersen
VP Marketing and Product Management
ORBIS Corporation

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11:30 AM

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12:15 PM

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Reusable Supply Chain Packaging and the Circular Economy

For decades, reusables have been used in the supply chain to move product faster, safer, more cost-effectively with the goal of reducing a company’s impact on the environment. And now, today’s consumer is looking for reusable packaging on the shelf and in their cart. As today’s leading companies look to better support the circular economy, it starts with the supply chain.  Attend to learn how supply chain packaging can help support the circular economy.  Key Takeaways:

- Better understanding of reusables 101
- Understanding of today’s landscape related to circular economy
- Why it matters now from a customer standpoint
- How supply chain packaging fits into sustainable strategies

Presenter

Bob Petersen
VP Marketing and Product Management
ORBIS Corporation

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Start

12:30 PM

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1:15 PM

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Smart Technologies in a Sustainable World

AIM, the industry alliance representing the interests of users of automatic identification and data capture technologies including RFID, barcode, RAIN, NFC, IoT, biometrics, and blockchain, brings together a group of subject matter experts to discuss the many important roles that AIDC technologies play in advancing sustainable solutions. Hear how AIDC solutions improve security, reduce errors, and improve workflow processes with limited human involvement helping lower environmental impacts along the supply chain.

Also listen in as the experts explain important industry standards that help foster trust and interoperability that will be critical for further development of a more sustainable supply chains.

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1:30 PM

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2:15 PM

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Choose the Tote First? Making a case for choosing a standard size tote before designing a semi or fully automated warehouse system

Many distribution centers often go into the design phase of an automated system with little thought on what type of tote is needed to handle the process. Determining this information first saves valuable time and your bottom line. In addition, it helps avoid pitfalls that one may have when specifying equipment and/or robotic systems.

During this session, learn how to specify a tote that will meet the needs of both semi-and fully automated distribution systems. Learn how to think through the benefits of the different types of totes on the market without having to custom mold or design a special tote.

Presenter

Clinton McDade
Design Engineering Manager
SSI SCHAEFER

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2:30 PM

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3:15 PM

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Optimizing Your Returnables Packaging Program with the Lens of Total Cost in Mind

There are many benefits to leveraging a reusable packaging program. However, in order to reap all of the benefits for your supply chain, the total cost is a factor. This discussion will give insights on what to look for when it comes to hidden costs and how to increase longevity from your program. Discover how specifying the right program for your pallets, containers/totes, bulk bins and dunnage in your supply chain.

Understand what the total costs are when developing in a reusable packaging program. You’ll learn what to leverage when looking for a sustainable program that creates longevity within your supply chain. Know how and where to optimize your program.

Presenters

Andy Schumacher
Vice President of Packaging
SSI SCHAEFER

Mark Ward
Business Development Manager
SSI SCHAEFER

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Brandon Hoots
National Sales Manager
SSI SCHAEFER

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Start

3:30 PM

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4:15 PM

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Entering the U.S. Market:  Opportunities and Risks

Are you a foreign company that has a significant amount of US-based customers? OR do you have a product or service that you’re thinking of taking to market in the US? With the US economy thriving, investors from around the globe (both individuals and institutional) are interested in taking a look at the US market. After all, there are a lot of opportunities: from starting up a branch operation, to joint venturing with US partners and buying existing American companies. However, the investment opportunities in the States do not come without risks. As in any business transaction, a favorable financial climate is only part of the story. Unless one reviews carefully all the aspects of the transaction and all potential risks, what seems like a great opportunity can end up becoming a financial disaster. This session will outline the key points that a company entering the US market should consider carefully before signing on to such a project. Topics for discussion will include: • How to approach the market • Legal considerations/US incorporation and immigration • Accounting considerations – how/when to structure your US entity • Economic incentives and how they are structured / site location • Risk avoidance/liability.  Key Takeaways:

- How to approach the market
- Legal considerations/US incorporation and immigration
- Accounting considerations – how/when to structure your US entity
- Economic incentives and how they are structured / site location
- Risk avoidance/liability

Presenters

Tycho Stahl
Partner and Leader of Global Commerce
AGG - Arnall Golden Gregory LP

Michael Whitacre
Partner
Frazier & Deetrer, LLC

Michael Otte
Vice President & Country Manager
Kienbaum Consultants International

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Christophe Van Gool
Director, Global Solutions
Epic Insurance

John Woodward
Vice President, Global Commerce
Metro Atlanta Chamber

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Wednesday, March 11

Start

10:30 AM

End

11:15 AM

Session Title

The Economic Side to Sustainability with a Reusable Packaging System

A sustainable supply chain is more than environmental protection and conservation in the distribution of goods. Learn how reusable packaging systems can deliver economic advantages for sustainable business operations and growth.

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Tim Debus
President & CEO
Reusable Packaging Association

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11:30 AM

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12:15 PM

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Industry Trends and Market Outlook for Reusable Transport Packaging

We are entering a new decade with great potential for businesses adopting reusable packaging systems. Hear industry leaders discuss how reusable packaging products and services will transform supply chains and offer unmatched benefits in product distribution.

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RPA Board of Directors

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