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The bi-weekly, email newsletter with the information you need   April 2, 2012 • Vol. 10, Issue 6
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IoPP's new online learning platform is here!
Answering the growing demand for education on your own time, at your own pace, and from wherever you are, IoPP is launching its first series of educational programs via the Internet. Starting now, IoPP is introducing the convenience of web-based learning options. Developed in cooperation and funded by Kraft, General Mills, Clorox and Ecolab, the E-Learning platform creates and offers downloadable-on-demand training content through the IoPP Packaging Learning Center. IoPP's first E-Learning offering will be its signature seminar, Fundamentals of Packaging Technology. You now have instant access to the Fundamentals curriculum without having to travel to take classes! Online Fundamentals is available 24/7. It entails 42 prerecorded modules and more than 25 hours of content closely resembling IoPP's popular in-person Fundamentals course.
For details about IoPP's E-Learning program, click here 

2012 Salary Survey results published
Over 1,450 packaging professionals participated in IoPP's 2012 Salary Survey (developed in cooperation with Gros Executive Recruiters and media sponsor Packaging World). As in previous years, this year's survey shows that membership in IoPP has its rewards regarding salary. Simply, IoPP members make more money. Even higher on the salary scale are Certified Packaging Professionals. Packaging Professionals who are CPP designated tend to make about 7% more in total compensation compared to non-certified professionals.
For survey report, click here

AmeriStar winners announced
Over 150 packages were submitted for IoPP AmeriStar awards consideration in North America's most prestigious packaging awards competition. Judges evaluated and analyzed packages from 18 categories at IoPP Headquarters in Naperville, Illinois, on February 16, 2012. Student AmeriStar entries were also judged on February 16. Top AmeriStar winners included the Best of Show Award, the 3M Sustainability Award, sponsored by 3M and, new for 2012, the Design Award for excellence in structural & graphic design. Judging was based on package innovation, sustainability, protection, economics, performance, and marketing. Winning packages will be honored at the AmeriStar and IoPP Honors & Awards Reception & Dinner, taking place Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at the Marriott Chicago O'Hare, Illinois. Celebrate the winners! Register now!
For winning packages, click here
For Reception and Dinner registration and details, click here

Start the celebration early! The IoPP 2012 Golf Outing honors all of IoPP
Taking place May 22 at Traditions at Chevy Chase in Wheeling, Illinois, the IoPP Golf Outing is a great way to start your celebration of all things IoPP, including outstanding members of the organization as well as AmeriStar award winners. Shotgun start is 11:00 a.m. Format for the outing is 4-person scramble. Single golfer and foursome packages are available. Sponsorship packages are also available. Don't miss this event! 
For Golf Outing details registration, click here 

IoPP Webinar focused on implementing an effective serialization/UDI program
Counterfeiting and diversion are significant challenges in many countries to assuring patient safety and product manufacturers' bottom lines. In IoPP's next webinar, The A to Z Cookbook of Implementing an Effective Serialization/UDI Program--taking place April 10, 2012 online from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST--presenter Kimberly Riley will provide need-to-knows and best practices establishing a serialization program in pharmaceutical and medical device packaging as part of an overall brand-protection strategy. Kimberly's career has centered in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices, previously working for companies such as Covidien, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Baxter Healthcare and Boston Scientific.
 
For details and registration, click here

IoPP Southeastern Chapter hosts NextPack 2012 - The Future of Packaging  
Taking place April 10 from 11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia. Speakers include: Eric Ryan (method), Peter Borowski (Kraft), and Jennifer Acevedo (Brand Packaging).
 
For details, click here

Upcoming events

April 6
Class City Chapter event: 2012 Toledo Mud Hens Home Opener Social.
Click here for more information.

April 10
Chicago Chapter meeting and tour: Anderson Packaging, Rockford, IL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Trevor Deck, e-mail programming@ioppchi.org.

April 10
Southeastern Chapter NextPack - The Future of Packaging, Atlanta, GA.
Click here for more information.

April 10
IoPP Webinar: The A to Z Cookbook of Implementing an Effective Serialization/UDI Program
Online, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST. Click here for details and registration.

April 11
Meadowlands Chapter event: Safety Testing Revelations for the Cosmetic and Pharma Industries, New York, NY.
Click here for more information. Contact: Sami Hemsey, e-mail shemsey@estee.com.

April 12
Connecticut Chapter Tour/Meet and Greet, Orange, CT.
Click here for more information. Contact: Steve Filanowski, e-mail steve.filanowski@bicworld.com.

April 17
Gulf Coast Chapter Meeting & Tour: Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Houston, TX.
Click here for more information. Contact: John Hayward, e-mail john.hayward@hp.com.

March 29
IoPP Webinar: Non-Destructive Package Testing: Driving Sustainable Operations, Online.
Click here for more information. Contact: Jim George, e-mail jimg@iopp.org.

April 20
Cincinnati Chapter Monthly Meeting & Facility Tour: Kroger Ice Cream & Beverage Plant, NY.
Click here for more information. Contact Craig Henize, e-mail chenize@fuse.net.


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