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RPA Reusables Learning Center at PACK EXPO Delivers Informative Presentations for New and Veteran Users of Reusables

Sessions presented by end-users, thought leaders, and suppliers

Bob Klimko ORBIS Corp.

RPA Learning Session at PACK EXPO

Arlington, VA, August 18, 2014 –
The Reusable Packaging Association is staging its popular education forum – the Reusables Learning Center (RLC) – again this year at PACK EXPO in Chicago. The lineup of sessions includes Reusables 101 for companies just starting to explore the concept of reusables, end-user accounts by veteran users and award winners, and research and updates from suppliers.

The RLC will be conveniently located on the show floor in the RPA booth #6866 within the Reusable Packaging Pavilion in the Lake­side Build­ing of McCormick Place.

“Sessions in the Reusables Learning Center were really well attended last year at PACK EXPO. Several of them had standing-room only,” said Robert Engle, RPA Chairman and President and CEO of International Contract Molding, LLC, (ICM) an Otto Company. “The response reinforces the ongoing demand for strong educational information about all aspects of implementing reusables.”

Attendees that visit the RLC will receive an independent research study based on data from end users and an electronic copy of the “Reusables 101” presentation. Major sponsors of RPA’s activities at PACK EXPO are IFCO, ORBIS Corporation, Rehrig Pacific, ICM, and CHEP. Supporting sponsors are reLogistics, SSI Schaefer, Coroplast, APR Allen Plastics Repair, pointGUARD, and The Kennedy Group.

Additional presentations are being added to the schedule. Check RPA’s website for updates.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Noon – 12:45  RPA Keynote Session: Reusables 101: A complete guide to deploying reusables in your supply chain

2:00 – 2:45      RPA Keynote Session: the Online Reusables Learning Center: Learn how to access the reusable industry’s most in-depth library of content 24/7  

Monday, November 3, 2014

9:45 – 10:00    Learning Center Welcome; Robert Engle, RPA Chairman

10:00 – 10:45  Tracking Reusable Containers: Learn how to select the appropriate solution – identification nameplates, bar codes, or RFID; Kevin Marrie and Nate Golembeske, The Kennedy Group

11:00 – 11:45  Optimize Global Shipments with Customized Dunnage Solutions: Learn how companies reduce product damage in transit and improve packing densities across the entire global supply chain with custom dunnage; Bob Petersen, ORBIS Corporation

Noon – 12:45  Best practices for getting the most out of your wooden pallet: Ways to reduce pallet damage, pallet operation costs, and pallet-related product damage for optimal reusable results; United Pallet Services, pointGUARD Pallet Protector

1:00 – 1:45      Reusable Packaging Right-Sized: How to Evaluate the Right Reusable Container for your Product’s Protection, Internal Handling, and Logistics;David R. McCulloch, Schaefer Systems International

2:00 – 2:45      Integrating Reusable Packaging within an Omni-Channel Supply Chain: Today’s consumer is looking for seamless shopping experiences from retailers – from brick and mortar stores to web sites, and mobile apps to direct mail and catalogs. Retailers are seeking ways to provide the right product, at the right time, in the right place….regardless of channel. Supply chain efficiency and visibility are critical for omni-channel applications. Learn how reusable totes and pallets can drive picking and fulfillment efficiencies; Andrea Nottestad, Senior Marketing Manager, ORBIS Corporation  

3:00 – 3:45      Solving Your Supply Chain Inefficiencies: Learn how CHEP USA and its partners are using platform standardization and collaboration to create cost-saving efficiencies in their clients’ operations; CHEP Supply Chain Solutions

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

10:00 – 10:45  RPA Keynote Session: RPA 2014 Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award Winners: Learn how Svenksa Retursystem and Full Belly Farm gained cost savings and labor efficiencies with reusables.    

11:00 – 11:45  RPC Wash Cycle Efficiency and Sanitation: Exceed current quality and cleanliness standards in your wash cycle – how to improve your processes; Paul Pederson, Director of Food Safety, IFCO Systems

Noon – 12:45  RPA Keynote Session: Reusables 101:A complete guide to deploying reusable’s in your supply chain

1:00 – 1:45      Mobile Engagement/Pepsi Case Study: Learn how Rehrig Pacific’s Mobile Engagement Platform enabled Pepsi Bottling to bridge the gap between mobile marketing and real world marketplace by delivering targeted promotional content, creating greater consumer interaction with the product; Rehrig Pacific

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