MMH    Topics     60 Seconds

60 Seconds with Alison Zitzke, Orbis Corporation

Modern's editor sat down with Alison Zitzke, Senior Project Manager at Orbis Corporation do discuss her background in sustainable packaging.


Alison Zitzke

ORBIS Corporation

Title: Senior product manager

Location: Oconomowoc, Wisc.

Experience: Ten years in packaging, including nearly seven years with ORBIS. Zitzke is the 2022 On the Rise Award winner by PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. The award recognizes 10 young professionals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership qualities in the packaging and processing industry.


Modern: Congratulations on the award. How did you learn you were being honored with this award?

Zitzke: I was nominated by my leadership team, and I didn’t know about it until I’d won, so it was a total surprise and definitely an honor to win. What was gratifying was the recognition for thinking about packaging in new ways. That’s important because these are mature products that have been commoditized, so there isn’t always a lot that is new.

Modern: Can you tell us a little about your background?

Zitzke: I graduated with a degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA from Marquette University. My first job was with a treadmill company, and I dealt a lot with packaging and managing their trade shows. After that, I worked at Uline for four years in disposable packaging. And then I joined ORBIS 6.5 years ago. I’ve always worked on the pallet side of the business.

Modern: What brought you into packaging?

Zitzke: I entered the business by accident, but what keeps me here is digging deep into the supply chains of products we use every day as consumers. Packaging touches every step of the process, and the excitement is solving a problem that makes it easier to get something through the supply chain to the consumer.

Modern: PMMI highlighted your work on the development and launch of ORBIS’ flagship 40 x 48-inch pallet, the Odyssey. They noted that it’s “bringing ORBIS’ pallet portfolio into new manufacturing technologies, applications and markets within the reusable packaging space.” Tell us about your work on the product.

Zitzke: The Odyssey family of pallets is unique because it was designed to be fully configurable for different applications. To do that, we did a lot of front-end research to make sure it could be adapted to different applications. There are a number of options, including open deck or solid deck options, a lip or no-lip version and options for steel reinforcements. One of the most unique aspects is that we have molded anti-skid options into the pallet to create more stable loads. There’s a small rubber material that’s put into the press and permanently fused with the pallet rather than a secondary component that could cause contamination.

Modern: Sustainability is part of the supply chain discussion today. What role can packaging play in helping your customers meet their sustainability goals?

Zitzke: First, reusability is inherent in our business. But, we’re taking it one step further to help our customers achieve zero waste. All of our pallets are completely recyclable at the end of their usable life, and now, many of our pallets are made from recycled content in the first round of manufacturing.

We’re also recycling some of our clients’ materials to manufacture the products they use, including pallets. Our customers’ customers are asking their brands to be sustainable. We’re doing our part to help them meet their sustainability goals, and for their customers to feel good about doing business with them.


Article Topics

Features
60 Seconds
Magazine Archive
Other
Warehouse
60 Seconds With
ORBIS
Packaging
Sustainability
   All topics

ORBIS News & Resources

Time to act on sustainability
Standing at the intersection of pallets & automated equipment
ORBIS showcases sustainable, integrated products and solutions
Kotek retiring from Menasha; Drees to succeed
ORBIS announces leadership changes
60 Seconds with Alison Zitzke, Orbis Corporation
AROS Totes, from ORBIS, efficiently transfer, store and organize product in automated systems
More ORBIS

Latest in Materials Handling

Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association releases semi-annual statistics
Zebra study: nearly six in 10 warehouse leaders plan to deploy RFID by 2028
Conveying Strategies for Robotic Applications: How to Maximize Throughput
Combilift enters offshore wind sector with handling solution, collaborating with Siemens Gamesa
Kion Group partners with Li-Cycle to recycle lithium lift truck batteries in Europe
Record-breaking Pack Expo Las Vegas exceeds expectations
Dexterity AI and FedEx unveil robotics trailer loading technology
More Materials Handling

Subscribe to Materials Handling Magazine

Subscribe today!
Not a subscriber? Sign up today!
Subscribe today. It's FREE.
Find out what the world's most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today.

September 2023 Modern Materials Handling

Providers of automated packaging and carton right-sizing solutions have thrived by offering systems that deliver on labor and parcel shipment savings— now they’re looking to further evolve by looking to use lighter materials and support flexible “box-first” workflows.

Latest Resources

Conveying Strategies for Robotic Applications: How to Maximize Throughput
This webinar will discuss the recent development of embedding motion-control technology into conveyors to enable packages to be correctly presented to a robot so that throughput of the manual task that the robot has been assigned to perform is maximized.
Improve safety and ergonomics with code-compliant stairs
Outside the Box: Why parcel shippers are suddenly focusing on packing
More resources

Latest Resources

2023 Automation Study: Usage & Implementation of Warehouse/DC Automation Solutions
2023 Automation Study: Usage & Implementation of Warehouse/DC Automation Solutions
This research was conducted by Peerless Research Group on behalf of Modern Materials Handling to assess usage and purchase intentions forautomation systems...
How Your Storage Practices Can Affect Your Pest Control Program
How Your Storage Practices Can Affect Your Pest Control Program
Discover how your storage practices could be affecting your pest control program and how to prevent pest infestations in your business. Join...

Warehousing Outlook 2023
Warehousing Outlook 2023
2023 is here, and so are new warehousing trends.
Extend the Life of Brownfield Warehouses
Extend the Life of Brownfield Warehouses
Today’s robotic and data-driven automation systems can minimize disruptions and improve the life and productivity of warehouse operations.
Power Supply in Overhead Cranes: Energy Chains vs. Festoons
Power Supply in Overhead Cranes: Energy Chains vs. Festoons
Download this white paper to learn more about how both systems compare.