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RPA Presenting Educational Conference Sessions and Hosting Comprehensive Reusable Packaging Pavilion at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

Arlington, VA, August 18, 2011

The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) is presenting two conference sessions as part of the Sustainability Track of the Conference at PACK EXPO Las Vegas. The educational sessions are designed to help attendees address key issues facing users and potential users of reusable packaging. Also at the show, the RPA is hosting a comprehensive Reusable Packaging Pavilion that will showcase products and services for reusable packaging from 23 industry leaders, as well as membership information at the RPA booth #6063. In addition, the RPA is hosting its annual Networking Reception for members and their invited guests. Complete information on all RPA activities at PACKEXPO can be found at here.

“The RPA has compiled comprehensive and varied resources for anyone interested in learning more about reusable packaging, whether they are in the discovery phase or want to gain added efficiencies from existing systems,” said Jerry Welcome, President, RPA. “Attendees can participate in our in-depth conference sessions, relax and network at our Networking Reception, and learn about the products and services necessary to support a reusable supply chain from our 23 vendors in the Reusable Packaging Pavilion. Having so many suppliers exhibiting together will make it easy for attendees to find the solutions they need.”

The two sessions, the reception, and the Reusable Packaging Pavilion support the RPA’s mission to provide end users with the tools and information they need to effectively utilize reusable packaging solutions throughout their supply chains. The RPA’s annual Networking Reception will take place on Monday, Sept. 26. Tickets for the RPA Networking Reception (N-243 second floor North Building) will be available in the RPA booth or from exhibiting members in the Reusable Packaging Pavilion. The RPA activities at PACK EXPO are sponsored by CHEP, IFCO Systems, iGPS, Brüel, Buckhorn and Schoeller Arca Systems, Inc.


The RPA is developing a comprehensive, four-part curriculum to help users make informed decisions and successfully manage the transition to reusable packaging. The second part of the curriculum will be presented during two sessions as part of the Sustainability Track of the Conference at PACK EXPO on Sept. 26 and 27.

Session One: Reusables 102 – Implementing a Sustainable Reusable Transport Packaging System;
Monday, September 26, 2011
N-259 Second Floor North Building

Session One, Part A (10:15 – 11:15 a.m.) will introduce attendees to the reusable packaging curriculum and resources available from the RPA to help end users find reusable solutions to meet their specific transport packaging needs. This will be followed by a presentation and panel discussion of how to implement a reusable solution, including how to align the resources and key personnel critical to building a successful reusable solution.

Session One, Part B (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) will focus on better understanding the financial structure and decisions which must be made at this phase of implementing a successful reusable packaging strategy. Presenters for Session One will include Bob Klimko, ORBIS Corporation; Drew Merrill, Container and Pooling Solutions (CAPS); Andy DeWitt, TOSCA; and panelists from end user companies that have adopted reusable solutions.

Session Two: Managing and Protecting Your Reusable Packaging Assets
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
N-259 Second Floor North Building

(Part A 9-10:00 a.m.; Part B 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.) This two-part program is designed to help end users of reusable packaging better understand the issue of product loss, and develop systematic approaches to better manage their valuable reusable resources. From a simple paper and pencil accounting system to complex RFID solutions, managing a company’s reusable assets is an important part of the supply chain process. This two-part session will feature presentations, an end user panel discussion, and best practices case studies to help users minimize loss of their valuable assets. Presenters include Keith Schall of Container and Pooling Solutions Inc. (CAPS).

To register for the RPA conference sessions at PACK EXPO, click here.


The Reusable Packaging Pavilion will be located on the first floor of the South Building at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In the Pavilion, attendees will find manufacturers of reusable packaging products, providers of reusable services such as poolers and technology, and information on joining the RPA.

Exhibitors include:

• Anwood Logistics Systems Co, Ltd. (Booth #6060)
• Buckhorn Inc. (Booth #5752)
• CABKA North America (Booth #5751)
• CHEP (Booth #5749)
• Container and Pooling Solutions Inc. (CAPS) (Booth #5750)
• Coroplast Inc. (Booth #5952)
• CTC Technologies (Booth #5950)
• Fitzmark, Inc. (Booth #6063)
• Georgia Pacific (Booth #6062)
• Greenline Armor (Booth #5651)
• IFCO Systems (Booth #5845)
• iGPS (Booth #6065)
• The Kennedy Group (Booth #5745)
• Lomold USA LLC (Booth #5652)
• Millwood Incorporated (Booth #5850)
• Monoflo International Inc. (Booth #5852)
• ORBIS Corporation (Booth #5649)
• Polymer Logistics (Booth #5945)
• Polymer Solutions International (Booth #5951)
• Quick-Crate (Booth 5946)
• Rehrig Pacific (Booth #5502)
• Schoeller Arca Systems Inc. (Booth #5848)
• Trienda/Spara Logistics (Booth #5948)

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
PACK EXPO Booth #6063
1100 N. Glebe Rd, Suite 1010
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-224-8284 Fax: 703-243-5612
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