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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.

To register for MODEX click here

About the RPA
The Reusable Packaging Association is a collaborative effort between manufacturers, poolers, distributors, retailers and educators to promote the environmental, safety, and economic benefits of reusable packaging. The RPA serves as the collective voice of the industry and uses its knowledge of the members’ products and services to advance the adoption of reusable packaging and systems throughout the supply chain. The RPA is focused on promoting the expansion of reusables as the preferred packaging solution across supply chains in all industries. For more information, visit or call (703) 224 8284.

Media contact: Jerry Welcome
1100 N. Glebe Rd, Suite 1010
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703−224−8284 Fax: 703−243−5612

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