Skip to main content

RPA Conference Sessions at PACK EXPO

By October 5, 2012December 30th, 2020General, Industry News, RPA News, Trade Shows & Pavilion Programs

Reusable Packaging Association Conference Sessions

NEW INFORMATION: All RPA sessions will be in Room S-502B in the South Building

M09 – RPA
Monday, October, 29 M09
11:00 a.m.
Reusable Transport Packaging Track:
Part 1: Measuring the Impact of Reusables
Part 2: Overview of the nationwide Use Reusable campaign

As companies strive for increased sustainability and efficiency, they scrutinize the entire supply chain for opportunities to reduce their operations’ environmental impact and costs related to resource consumption. Plastic reusable packaging provides an effective method to handle, store and move product through the supply chain that can also reduce a company’s environmental impact, in terms of solid waste generation, electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. This session demonstrates how life-cycle data is critical to accurately compare packaging alternatives.
Speaker/Presenter: Bob Klimko, ORBIS Corporation, Director of Marketing-Retail Supply Chain

In part 2 of the session, attendees will learn more about the “Use Reusables” campaign, a joint project of Alameda County, CA public agency StopWaste.Org and the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) with financial support from the U.S. EPA. Launched in 2007, the campaign recently expanded from the San Francisco Bay Area to a nationwide program. “Use Reusables” has helped many businesses make the switch to reusable packaging solutions, benefiting individual companies’ bottom line as well as the community, and making a positive contribution to sustainability efforts of the Bay Area and beyond. The session will provide an overview of the campaign’s free resources, including a suite of online tools and educational materials, workshops and financial assistance. Highlights of pilot projects in key industries will help illustrate the benefits of “Reusables” and round out the presentation.
Speakers/Presenters: Eric Fredrickson, Thor Consulting and Maia Coladonato, SAIC

Tuesday, October, 30 TO7
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Optimize Your Sustainability Efforts through a Reverse Logistics Center Model
The presentation will outline the sustainability benefits and business opportunities when utilizing a reusable transport packaging program through reverse logistics centers. Topics include how reusable asset tracking and waste stream management increases your overall supply chain efficiencies and translates into financial savings and revenue generation.

Speaker/Presenter: Matt Dannenfeldt, Vice President of Logistics for Rehrig Pacific Company

Tuesday, October, 30 TO8
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Title: Implementing an Asset Tracking System is Easier Than You Think – And It’s Key to Meeting New Regulations

Upcoming government regulations such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) require data capture at numerous critical control points throughout the supply chain. An asset tracking system can automate the required data capture, and implementing one is much easier than most people think.

This session explores the common misconception that asset tracking is complex and time-consuming, and teaches attendees how to utilize an asset tracking system to reduce labor, avoid loss, and automate compliance with upcoming government regulations. The presentation includes a customer’s account of what it’s like to implement a tracking solution.

Speaker/Presenter: Keith Schall, CAPS and Drew Merrill, CAPS

Wednesday, October 31 WO7
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Returnable Container Selection Criteria
The content of the presentation will provide attendees with tools to make informed decisions regarding the type, size and density (parts per container) of returnable containers in their operations. The focus of the talk will be on determining the most effective container for an operation’s parameters, including operational constraints such as ergonomics, available storage space and space in the manufacturing operations, inventory policies, and operator efficiency. The presentation will show how these constrains can be balanced against inbound transportation costs to provide the lowest total delivered cost of material to a plant or warehouse

Speaker/Presenter: Michael McGrath, President of 3P Supply Chain Engineering, and Michael Kennedy, Vice President of Operations at 3P Supply Chain Engineering.

Wednesday, October 31 WO8
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Benefits of Intelligent Shipping

Lightweight pallet systems provide benefits such as weight reduction, uniformity, advanced technology, and increased food safety. With each weight savings, more fuel is saved and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced. Not only will this minimize the effect the supply chain has on the environment, but enables financial savings as well. A lighter pallet also means improved safety for workers and decreased work related injury cost.

Uniformity in a shipping platform equates into reduced and more accurate projection of shipping costs. A pallet that is uniform in size leads to lower transportation cost, elimination of pallet-related downtime, and enables use in automated environments. Solid top deck and unitized construction reduce product damage and rejected loads as well as the elimination of protruding nails which can injure workers or damage equipment or products. This can lead to savings in unsalable goods cost, equipment usage cost.

Four RFID tags embedded in a shipping platform enable reduction of inventories at all points across the supply chain, improvements in billing accuracy, and better tracking of shipments. Customers are able to recognize the substantial benefits that pallet tracking and tracing provides, often associating the pallet’s unique identification number with their internal license plate number (LPN).
Speaker/Presenter: Jack Sparn, CIO

To register for PACK EXPO go to

Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap