Reusable Packaging Learning Center at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2021
The Reusable Packaging Learning Center takes place September 27-28, 2021 at PACK EXPO Las Vegas.
Schedule as of July 30, 2021. All Session Detail To Be Listed Soon.
Monday, September 27
12:00 - 12:20
Reusable Packaging Systems for a Modern and Resilient Supply Chain
12:30 - 12:50
Investment Climate for Sustainable Companies with Reusable Packaging Systems
Investment capital into companies committing and leading on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues continues to increase at record pace. In the first quarter 2021, the “global sustainable universe attracted USD 185.3 billion in net inflows,” up 17% from the prior quarter and reaching all-time highs for the fourth quarter in a row, according to a Morningstar research report. With an investor focus on companies measuring and reporting reductions in waste, pollution, raw material dependency, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions in their operations, there is a correlation in ESG investing in companies who deploy and operate reusable packaging systems. In this session, learn insights from RPA leadership on why the investment community is attracted to companies seeking sustainable supply chain including the adoption of reusable packaging models.
Ben Stoller, RPA Chairman, CEO Paxxal Inc.
Kevin Mazula, RPA Vice Chairman, CEO RM2
1:00 - 1:20
1:30 - 1:50
What Type of Packaging Best Suits Your Application?
Sustainability is a key factor in today’s supply chain. It’s also one of the main reasons that companies are turning to reusable packaging for closed loop supply chain processes. However, there is a wide variety on the market and determining which fit works best for your company can sometimes lead people astray. In this session, SSI SCHAEFER walks you through the various solutions within the returnables industry and gives the pros and cons to each solution for specific applications. You’ll also learn what to look for in an eco-friendly program, gain knowledge on materials, and how to increase your bottom line by implementing a program.
Brandon Hoots, National Sales Manager
2:00 - 2:45
Optimizing Reverse Logistics for Managing Reusable Packaging Assets
The reusable packaging model, whether involving transport products for supply chain distribution or primary products for consumer use, is dependent on the ability to recover and return the packaging in a timely and cost-effective operation. In many cases establishing a reverse logistics network for the reusable packaging is not enough for a business to sustain and compete in the marketplace. Often it takes system optimization to realize the economic promise of reuse by increasing collection rates and speed of asset utilization while reducing operational activities and costs. In this panel session, learn from industry experts on how to overcome common reverse logistics obstacles and reach the potential of managing a reusable packaging system.
Mike Hachtman, CEO, Relogistics
Andy Schumacher, VP Packaging Systems, SSI Schaefer
Sarah Kate Conway, Director Logistics, Tosca
Graham Connor, SVP Sales and Customer Support, iGPS Logistics
3:00 - 3:20
Good Things Come in Smart(er) Packaging
Liviri is the leading innovator of sustainable packaging solutions for thermal performance, operational efficiency and cost-effective scalability. Discover how reusable totes and containers sync with your grocery staging, wine shipping, last-mile delivery and MFC processes. - Taking thermal performance to a higher level - Operational efficiency for specific use-cases - Consultative approach, defined - Sustainable packaging’s role in closing the loop.
Andrew Norton, Business Development Director
3:30 - 3:50
Tuesday, September 28
11:00 - 11:20
11:30 - 12:15
Product Traceability Through a Reusable Packaging Platform
The Covid-19 crisis has accelerated the share of digital or digitally enabled products by seven years, and today most business and IT executives report an accelerated pace for their company’s digital transformation with 92% revealing urgency in their call to action. Having durable and lasting properties, reusable packaging products like pallets, bins, and containers offer an optimum platform for technology integration and the opportunity for real-time product visibility into location and condition from point of manufacture to point of sale. In this panel session, learn the latest technology developments and applications with smart packaging for the supply chain and how technology available today is creating unit load and case level visibility for more efficient, resilient, and value-creating business operations.
Shawn Stockman, VP Sustainability Solutions, OnePak Inc.
Scott Schwalbe, CEO, NimbeLink
Scott Hurley, VP Marketing and Strategy, Roambee
David Gustafson, President, Smart Logistics
12:30 - 12:50
How Bringing Intelligence to Pallets and Packaging Can Save the Planet and Make Us All Rich at the Same Time
Tiny self-powered computers, called IoT Pixels are being embedded into everyday things include reusable plastic crates and pallets. How will brining intelligence and cloud connectivity to these ordinary things change the way business is done. What is possible and how will this sea change happen? Wiliot technology is being used to reduce cycle time, cut waste and increase profits. In this presentation we will dive into the capabilities and business model that is changing the way things are made distributed, sold, used, reused and recycled.
Steve Statler, SVP Marketing
1:00 - 1:20
Technology for Reusable Packaging Assets and Supply Chain Applications
The Technologies that Enable Reusable Packaging. Learn how one of largest US logistics providers of cold chain shipping and supply chain management found a solution to enhance their reverse logistics and reusability of electronic data loggers for their major pharmaceutical customers using AIDC technology. Hear insights on the implementation of a reuse data logger program which returned loggers by 125%, while decreasing e-waste by turning their supply chain from linear to circular. This session also reveals how the use of QR codes on the logger devices enabled rapid download and re-programming in order to get these assets back into use.
Patti Blessing, VP of Sales and Business Development, CAVU Group
1:30 - 1:50
Automation Value Proposition – An Automotive Manufacturer Case Study
To invest in sophisticated automation systems, but choose containers that fail to fully maximize the use of space in the system, in effect wastes part of the return on the project. Join Georg Utz VP of Sales and Marketing, Leslie LeMair as she discusses how major manufacturers have implemented packaging strategies that enhance the operations of their automated processes.
Leslie LeMair, VP Sales and Marketing
2:00 - 2:45
Leveraging Supply Chains for Consumer Reuse: The Case of Refillable Glass Wine Bottles
Reusable or refillable packaging for consumer products is rapidly gaining popularity to prevent waste and pollution and to create more value through an enhanced customer experience. But many startup challenges exist in building reuse models that will incentivize consumer participation such as operating logistics and costs. Established packaging reuse systems for the supply chain can help consumer reuse models succeed with scale and operating efficiencies. Refillable glass bottle company Conscious Container, in partnership with the Reusable Packaging Association, is developing a commercial pilot involving wine packaging to test and demonstrate the opportunities from a holistic transport and primary reusable packaging system. The pilot is a grant award winner from CalRecycle. This panel session features a conversion with Conscious Container, RPA, and ecommerce solution provider Liviri on the pilot program and how its deliverables will identify market synergies to advance and strengthen reusable packaging across use patterns.
Caren McNamara, CEO, Conscious Container
Chuck Kukic, General Manager, Liviri
3:00 - 3:20
Returnable Packaging Adoption 2021 - How the Pandemic Fast-Forwarded Sustainable Packaging Solution Decisions
Discussion around how Covid-19 forced the broad consumer goods vertical to quickly adapt, expediting future plans for automation and sustainability projects. The pandemic and ensuing stay-at-home orders forced consumers to shop differently. Curbside pickup and home delivery became the norm. Merchants struggled to keep up using manual labor and needed to automate. This coincided with the increasing public outcry and firm stance taken by leading investment firms calling for companies to employ more sustainable processes, legitimately. Major consumer goods companies reprioritized projects moving both automation and sustainability projects to the forefront. Companies are moving more quickly towards automation that requires robust, returnable packaging that, in some cases, can be used in closed-loop B2B applications. These projects may have been on companies 3-5 year adoption radar, or not at all, but have been fast-forwarded to now!
Paul Kamholz, VP Sales and Marketing
3:30 - 4:15
Excellence in Reusable Packaging Awards