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Reusables Learn­ing Cen­ter (RLC) to return to Pack Expo in Chicago

Education forum features more than a dozen sessions over three days.
By Modern Materials Handling Staff
August 27, 2014

The Reusable Pack­ag­ing Asso­ci­a­tion is staging 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 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,” said Robert Engle, RPA chair­man and pres­i­dent and CEO of Inter­na­tional Con­tract Mold­ing, LLC, (ICM) an Otto Com­pany. “Sev­eral of them had standing-room only. 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. Click here to 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
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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