RPA Reusables Learning Center at PACK EXPO: Presentations from End Users, Thought Leaders, and Suppliers of Reusables

Any company 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 – 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, please come as our special guest. Contact Jerry Welcome at info@reusables.org for a complimentary registration code. And check back again 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

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 performan

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

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

Cindy Doman, Packaging Engineering, Herman Miller

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

Sharon T. Spaulding, IBM Poughkeepsie, Packaging Engineering

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

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: Win­ner of the 2013 RPA Excel­lence in Reusable Pack­ag­ing Award: Reducing Costs, Storage Space, and Material Handling in Manufacturing and Assembly with Reusables