Learning Center 2017

 

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Monday, September 25

Track

Time

10:00 AM

Presentation

RPA Members-Only Download

Session Title

Connecting Reuse: Networks for Greater Use and Value of Reusable Packaging Systems

The reuse of transport packaging in a managed system delivers superior supply chain performance today, and the future offers even greater promise for reuse. Learn how connecting products and services and expanding networks will take reusable packaging to new levels of impact and value.

Presenter

Tim Debus
President & CEO
Reusable Packaging Association

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Track

Time

11:00 AM

Presentation

Session Title

Leveraging Packaging Material Innovations to Support Supply Chain Compliance

Ensuring a safe and clean supply chain is critical to today’s major food, beverage and pharmaceutical companies.  Inspections and ongoing compliance are standard in modern distribution. Now, in addition to choosing the right pallet or container for the supply chain, understanding material options helps companies identify the right total solution to reduce risk. From FDA compliance to fire-retardant compliance to the need for detectability in load inspections, materials provide the added level of reliability and confidence required in today’s supply chains.

Presenter

Ryan Roessler
Product Manager
ORBIS Corporation

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Track

Time

11:45 AM

Session Title

Retail Replenishment Strategies Across the Supply Chain

Retail is changing – but some things will always be the same. Every time a product is touched in the supply chain on its journey from production to the shelf it impacts costs and availability for the consumer. Merchandising and supply chain need to be connected and unified. Retail needs to be looked at End to End, not just function by function. This session will highlight the role of reusable packaging in optimizing the end-to-end supply chain as the product moves from production to the end consumer & the value it can bring to your organizations bottom line – labor reduction on shelf availability, and sales.

Presenter

Brandon D’Emidio
Director, Product Management & Marketing
CHEP

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Track

Time

12:30 PM

Session Title

Industry Panel on Retail Applications

A reusable transport packaging system offers significant advantages to the retail sector, from product sourcing through point-of-sale, by delivering benefits in key areas such as product protection and quality, handling and merchandising, and waste prevention.  But the complexities of the retail supply chain can pose unique challenges in optimizing the system performance.  Learn from experts about reusable packaging in retail operations, the latest innovations and trends for reusable packaging at retail, and tips on getting the most out of your packaging system.

Panelists

Jim McKay
President
The Avleca Group

Brandon D’Emidio
Director, Product Management & Marketing
CHEP

Panelists

Holly Maher
National Director Retail
Rehrig Pacific Company

Bob Albright
Vice President Sales & Marketing
Schoeller Allibert

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Track

Time

1:30 PM

Presentation

Session Title

Hot Stamping: Tips and Tricks for the Branding Process (Quality, Scrap Reduction, Production Flow)

Hot Stamping is a dry decorating process providing a permanent brand for reusable container applications -- Totes, Crates, Pallets, Waste and Recycling Carts, etc... Challenges including inconsistent decorating surfaces, large/bulky containers and combination graphics (bold and fine artwork detail together) are achievable when the appropriate machine size, tooling, and brand plates are utilized. This session will identify the different variables that affect a quality image while introducing tips, tricks and tools to counter these roadblocks resulting in optimized set-up times, scrap rate reduction and improved image quality.

Presenter

Tom Molfese
Strategic Market Manager
United Silicone

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Track

Time

2:15 PM

Presentation

Session Title

New Generation Material for Reusable Packaging

Worldcell® Extrusions is introducing a new product line, Utilaboard™. The initial product being introduced is a conductive grade material. Utilaboard™ is a 3-layer construction polypropylene board (sandwich board). The middle PP foam layer is encapsulated by two PP plastic outer shells. This unique construction gives Utilaboard rigid, lightweight, and cost efficient characteristics when compared to conventional solid HDPE board. Additionally, Utilaboard is fully reusable and recyclable. The conductive grade has a surface resistivity that typically measures from 10^3 to 10^5 Ohms per square.

Presenter

John Petrofsky
President
Worldwide Foam, Ltd.

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Track

Time

3:00 PM

Session Title

Industry Panel on Ecommerce Applications

With the accelerating growth in the ecommerce sales channel, there is much room for development and innovation for transport packaging to optimize product protection needs, handling and logistics requirements, and consumer satisfaction.  A reusable packaging system can be a viable option for ecommerce distribution, but new thinking and collaboration is needed to address the unchartered territory of shipping reusable packaging direct to households.  Listen to an industry dialogue about the ecommerce opportunity for reusable packaging and be a part of this new thinking and effort to eliminate packaging waste at home.

Panelists

Tim Debus
President & CEO
Reusable Packaging Association

Bob Petersen
Vice President, Product Management
ORBIS Corporation

Panelists

Mike Newman
CEO
Returnity

Jim Lowry
Director New Business Development
Sonoco Protective Solutions

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Tuesday, September 26

Track

Time

9:30 AM

Session Title

Industry Panel on Asset Tracking Technologies

The identification and tracking of reusable transport packaging products are critical functions for the movement of goods, including inventory management, quality control and asset recovery.  Rapid technology advancements – from barcode labeling to radio-frequency identification (RFID) to Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity – are offering enormous potential in supply chain visibility and new breakthroughs in data collection and use.  Learn about the latest trends and developments associated with the deployment of tracking technologies for reusable packaging.

Panelists

Laszlo Horvath
Director Center for Packaging & Unit Load Design
Virginia Tech

Cindy Goodman
IoT Business Development Manager
AT&T

Panelists

Bill Wark
Sr. Director, Business Development
Sigfox

Mike Marzolf
Director Operations & Business Development
Xtreme RFID

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Track

Time

10:30 AM

Presentation

Session Title

Reality Check:  How IoT-Enabled Reusable Packaging Drives Business Benefits.

The buzz around the Internet of Things (IoT) is deafening, so it can be difficult to know what are real-world solutions and what are hopeful ideas. This panel convenes a range of experienced practitioners to share the latest thinking about how RM2 and AT&T have joined to create a solution that is in the market today and how companies can adopt similar methodologies to meet their own operational and sustainability goals.

Presenter

David Kalan
SVP Marketing & Business Development
RM2

Cindy Goodman
IoT Business Development Manager
AT&T

Panelists

John Schulz
Director Sustainability
AT&T

Tim Greiner
Managing Director
Pure Strategies

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Track

Time

11:15 AM

Presentation

Session Title

Cut Reusable Packaging Losses Using Smart Logistics

How many of your reusables never get returned?  Learn how ReturnCenter applies smart reverse logistics technologies to reduce or eliminate packaging asset losses. See how cloud-based tools connect all parties to a common set of data for maximum visibility, accountability and control. If you are considering switching to reusable packaging, but are concerned with how you will manage it, here you will learn how other companies have solved this challenge. See lessons learned in controlling a managed logistics loop, optimizing routing, maximizing packaging inventory turn and how to automate traditionally manual processes.

Presenter

Shawn Stockman
Director of Business Solutions
ReturnCenter.com

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Track

Time

12:00 PM

Session Title

Industry Panel on Reverse Logistics

The successful reuse of transport packaging is fully dependent on the ability to timely and cost-effectively recover and reposition the packaging asset following its market use.  Through continuous and coordinated processes in a system approach, the logistics of identifying, consolidating and moving the packaging products from end-of-use back to the site of packing often involves multiple steps and parties to complete the cycle.  With advancements in technology, new asset tracking capabilities and collaboration tools are creating new opportunities in the reverse side of the loop.  Learn from experts on what is takes to achieve reuse for transport packaging and what the future looks like in reverse.

Panelists

Mike Wasson
Vice President Supply Chain & Operations
Tosca

Shawn Stockman
Director Business Solutions
ReturnCenter

Panelists

Mike Hachtman
President & CEO
reLogistics

Tad Anderson
Manager Reverse Logistics
CH Robinson

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Track

Time

1:00 PM

Presentation

Session Title

The Digital Supply Chain Era.  Are You Ready?

Do you have what it takes to move beyond physical supply chain logistics to a digital business that puts you in control of your supply chain network? In today’s fast paced world, partners across the supply chain and end consumers want what they want when they want it, and their expectations are high.  
 
Join BXB Digital, sister company of supply chain industry leaders CHEP and IFCO, for a collaborative discussion on how you can harness digital to orchestrate an intelligent, efficient supply chain. Hear first-hand how we are combining the physical with the digital to help customers move from siloed, inefficient operations to optimized networked platforms. We’ll share how you can leverage cloud-based systems, data analytics and real-time monitoring to move beyond traditional ways of doing business to become a connected digital partner. Join us to learn how you can prepare for the digital supply chain era.

Presenters

Raj Valame
Vice President, Products
BXB Digital

Tom Cometa
Head of Worldwide Business Development
BXB Digital

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Track

Time

1:45 PM

Presentation

Session Title

The Latest Trends in Track and Trace for Reusable Packaging

Ensuring product integrity throughout the supply chain cannot be done without at least a little digitization. No matter where products are along the supply chain, knowing their status, where they came from and where they are going is imperative to consumer safety and operational efficiency. Technology that can track a product’s location in the supply chain and connect its path from point A to point B is a simple way to define discrete asset tracking. Even though tracking a product back to its origin is the original reason for installing this technology, discrete asset tracking can do so much more. To come closer to achieving end-to-end traceability, companies can consider two of the most common, reliable discrete asset tracking technologies: radio frequency identification (RFID) and bar code.

Presenter

Bob Petersen
Vice President, Product Management
ORBIS Corporation

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Track

Time

2:30 PM

 

Presentation

RPA Members-Only Download

Session Title

Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award Program

The winners of the 2017 Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award - STIHL INC. and Goodwill Industries International - will receive their Excellence trophies and present their award-winning case studies. 

Presenter

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Presentation by Award Winner:  STIHL INC.

 

Presentation by Award Winner:  Goodwill Industries International

Wednesday September 27

Track

Time

9:30 AM

Session Title

Industry Panel on Corrugated Plastic Products

Packaging products in the form of boxes, sleeves and panels from plastic hollow twin-wall, triple-layer and corrugated manufacturing processes have widespread applications for reuse.  These products are known for their light weight but rigid and durable properties, folding characteristics for maximum shipping density, and customization capabilities to meet unique supply chain specifications.  As companies are looking to get more uses out of their packaging, these plastic-corrugated transport packaging products offer performance and economic solutions.  This session at the RPA Learning Center convenes experts from suppliers of this product category to share their knowledge and experiences about the expanding market applications and product advantages.

Panelists

Fred Dowd
President
Technology Container Corp

Jason Amatangelo
Director Business Development
AMATECH

Panelists

Steve Harris
Sales Director
Inteplast Group

Session Sponsors

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Track

Time

10:30 AM

Presentation

Session Title

Breaking Asset Tracking Cost Barriers with IoT Technology

What if you could track and recover any supply chain asset – a crate, a pallet, even an envelope, and do so cost efficiently? In the age of digitization, this is now a reality made possible through Internet of Things (IoT). Learn how IoT technology like low-power wide area networks are able to break the cost barriers with a network built specifically for IoT; to consume as little energy as possible, as simply as possible, and as cost efficiently as possible. Hear the stories of asset tracking use cases from around the world that have found value in this technology.

Presenter

Bill Wark
Sr. Director, Business Development
Sigfox

Session Sponsor

Track

Time

11:15 AM

Session Title

Industry Panel on Liquid and Bulk Shippers

Due to performance including unit strength and stability, volume and load capacity, cube utilization, and fill and discharge effectiveness, reusable packaging in the form of large bins, tanks and Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) play an important role in the transport of liquid and bulk granulated substances.  Advancements in product design and innovative features continue to offer new benefits and value in reusable packaging for the liquid and bulk commodity supply chains.  Learn about the latest developments and market trends for these large and high-volume workhouse packaging products.

Panelists

Rod Armstrong
Director Sales and Marketing
CHEP Pallecon

Matt Denney
Senior Application Engineer
Buckhorn Inc.

Panelists

Scott Starbuck
Packaging Sales Manager
Inteplast Group

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