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The bi-weekly, email newsletter with the information you need   February 6, 2012 • Vol. 10, Issue 3
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2012 AmeriStar Awards Competition entry deadline EXTENDED!
Because of an overwhelming response to this year's AmeriStar competition, we have extended the entry deadline to this Friday, February 10! If you haven't entered yet, please do so now. AmeriStar showcases the most innovative packages of the year. 
For entry details and submission information, click here
Contact Carole Schiller, e-mail cschiller@iopp.org

IoPP seeks your input for the 2012 Salary Survey
As the definitive salary survey in the packaging business, IoPP's Annual Salary Survey has evolved over the past few years beyond reporting "What you are worth." IoPP's Salary Survey has grown with a greater focus on your career in packaging as opposed to just reporting numbers. Developed in conjunction with Gros Executive Recruiters and Packaging World magazine, IoPP's goal this year is to examine how the economy in 2011 has impacted your packaging career, where you feel you stand in your career, how long you've been in a specific segment of packaging and how your job may be affected in the future. Results will also be published in the April issue of Packaging World. Bonus! After submitting survey, don't forget to download the Gros Executive Recruiters Insider's Report 2012.
To take the IoPP Salary Survey, click here

IoPP webinar focused on store packaging audits
IoPP's next webinar, Aisle by Aisle...The Practicality and Pitfalls of a Store Packaging Audit from Curb to Curb, presented by Jackie DeLise, Vice President, HMS Design, is taking place February 24, 2012, online from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m CST. Jackie will address how you can reach customers through the “life cycle” of their shopping experience. One sometimes overlooked method that can provide profound insights for package design and development is conducting a retail brand audit of a specific category or the entire store. Jackie will also analyze how such an approach, among other benefits, uncovers regional nuances and hidden truths. Registration is FREE to IoPP members, $99 for non-members.
For details and registration, click here

IoPP announces Packaging Education Scholarship Fund for 2012-2013
The Institute of Packaging Professionals is pleased to offer four $2,500 academic scholarships for 2012-2013 to recognize exceptional college students headed for a career in packaging. Do you know of any students pursuing a career in packaging that would benefit from this excellent opportunity? The scholarships have been created to support packaging education and to raise awareness of packaging as a career choice. As an added bonus, the top talent identified through this program will be shared with IoPP Benefactor companies as a recruiting tool for their organizations. This could be that post-graduation foot in the door that jump-starts packaging careers!  
For scholarship details and submission information, click here 

Packaging Machinery: Basics course dates announced for 2012  
If you're either a recent college graduate new to packaging, who hasn't worked with packaging machinery, or a packaging professional who needs a quick primer or refresher on machinery, IoPP's "Packaging Machinery: Basics" course is designed for you. The course requires just 2.5 days of your time, and it's taught by a veteran, certified instructor. "Packaging Machinery: Basics" will be offered March 26-28, 2012 and October 8-10, 2012. The course is held in the Chicago area at Frain Industries, in a facility where you can observe demonstrations on real machines
For "Packaging Machinery:Basics" schedule and registration, click here

HealthPack focused on medical device packaging
This annual conference - taking place March 6-8, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico - helps medical device packaging professionals generate ideas and solutions to create efficient, innovative packaging. HealthPack includes a full conference agenda combined with table-top exhibits providing opportunities for attendees to focus on key industry issues while addressing individual needs with leading suppliers and service vendors. Welcome reception, breakfasts, luncheons, meetings and breaks encourage ongoing networking among attendees, speakers and exhibitors. HealthPack is sponsored the IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee. IoPP members get a $100 discount upon registration! E-mail Mary Von Qualen at mvonqualen@healthpack.net for discount code.
For more information and registration, click here

Accelerate Your Packaging Projects at WestPack
Visit WestPack, February 14-16, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, the comprehensive resource for packaging professionals. WestPack offers the ideal opportunity to meet face-to-face with leading suppliers, experience the newest technologies and equipment, and compare solutions side-by-side… all in one convenient location. See the latest in containers, contract services, custom automation technology, machinery and machinery components, materials, robotics, software, and more. Visit the special focus areas: Contract Packaging; Heath and Beauty Packaging, Supply Chain; and Pharmaceutical, Medical, and Nutraceutical Packaging. WestPack is supported by the IoPP.
For details and registration, click here

Upcoming events

February 7
Chicago Chapter Tour of Team Services and dinner at Ki's Steak and Seafood, Carol Stream, IL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Marty Zei, e-mail president@ioppchi.org.  

February 8
Minnesota Chapter Dinner: Sustainability Issues Today, Golden Valley, MN.
Click here for more information. Contact: Laurice Wade, e-mail willow88@goldengate.net.

February 8-10
IoPP Chemical Packaging Committee Meeting, Sarasota, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Carole Schiller, e-mail cschiller@iopp.org.

February 14-16
WestPack, Anaheim, CA.
Click here for more information. Contact: e-mail packaginginfo@ubm.com.

February 16
New England Chapter Event: Wine Technology Seminar, Boston, MA.
Click here for more information. Contact: Eric Cunningham, e-mail nechili@yahoo.com.

February 21
Central Indiana Chapter Joint Meeting with American Society for Quality, Indianapolis, IN.
Click here for more information. Contact: E-Mail wefunk@gmail.com.

February 20-22
Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, Semester 3, Orlando, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Barbara Dykes, e-mail bdykes@iopp.org.

February 22-24
Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, Semester 4, Orlando, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Barbara Dykes, e-mail bdykes@iopp.org.

February 23
Virginia/Carolinas Chapter Online Seminar Series
Click here for more information. Contact: Kevin White, e-mail kevinwhite227@gmail.com.

February 24
IoPP Webinar - Aisle by Aisle...The Practicality and Pitfalls of a Store Packaging Audit from Curb to Curb, Online.
Click here for more information. Taking place 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST.


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