The bi-weekly, email newsletter with the information you need   January 22, 2013 • Vol. 11, Issue 2

IoPP adds FASTRAQQ's Packaging360Leadership course to its Packaging Learning Center
IoPP  will offer a new online packaging leadership course through its Packaging Learning Center beginning early in 2013, through a partnership agreement with Fastraqq Corp., an educational management consultancy. Packaging360Leadership will become the latest offering in IoPP’s expanding suite of online packaging education courses, joining IoPP’s Fundamentals of Packaging Technology course at www.iopp.org. These online training programs recognize the value of packaging professionals’ time. The courses are designed so people can select only the content they need and then complete the lessons whenever and wherever it’s convenient for them, from the convenience of their computer screen.

For details, click here

IoPP webinar focused on supply chain engagement
IoPP's next webinar, "Best Practices in Supply Chain Engagement," presented by Jay Edwards, Founder, Pack2Sustain and taking place February 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. CST, will focus on the attributes successful supply chains share, and what the initiatives are for getting there. How do you improve collaboration among internal and external resources to fully engage all stakeholders to develop the best possible package? Find out at this engaging webinar.

For details and registration for this webinar, click here

IoPP AmeriStar Package Awards competition now open for entries!
The 2013 AmeriStar Package Awards Competition is now open for entries! AmeriStar showcases the most ground-breaking, innovative packages of the year.
Does your package:

♦ Go beyond brand-owner expectations?
♦ Increase product sales?
♦ Boost brand image?
♦ Result in cost savings?
♦ Show an innovative way to protect product?
♦ Embrace the latest material technologies?
♦ Address environmental concerns?

If so -- ENTER NOW!

IoPP Packaging Education Scholarship Fund submissions due March 18!
The Institute of Packaging Professionals is pleased to offer four $2,500 academic scholarships for 2013-2014 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! Applications are due soon - deadline for submissions is March 18.
For submission details, click here 

WPO 2012 WorldStar Student Award Winners announced
Over 229 packages were submitted from 17 countries around the world to compete in the World Packaging Organisation's (WPO) international packaging design competition for students. Through publicity of WPO's global presence, student winners are provided the opportunity to gain professional acknowledgement and entrance into a career as a packaging professional. Awards winners will be recognized during the U.S. Student Packaging Jamboree at Michigan State University held March 21-23, 2013.
For WorldStar Student Award winners, click here 

Connect, discover, and advance your knowledge at WestPack
Leave your office behind for a day (or two) and attend WestPack, February 12-14, 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.  As a comprehensive resource for packaging professionals, WestPack offers the ideal opportunity to discover the newest packaging and processing technologies, connect with suppliers one-on-one, network with industry leaders and peers, and compare solutions side by side. Also, there is a new line-up of WestPack Seminars – six interactive learning forums to choose from – designed to tackle your greatest technical and strategic challenges. WestPack is supported by IoPP.
For information about WestPack 2013, click here 

Don't miss the Contract Packaging Association Annual Meeting!
Attention all IoPP contract packaging professionals! Gain valuable insight into the contract packaging industry! The Contract Packaging Association (CPA) Annual Meeting - taking place February 21-24 at the Waldorf Astoria Naples in Naples, Florida - brings together the industry's most innovative thinkers focused on how to make your business thrive. Participate in knowledge-building sessions led by industry decision-makers while networking with top executives; share ideas with contract packaging company business owners; and discover winning edge solutions (or strategies, or innovations) from key suppliers to the contract packaging industry. If you're in the contract packaging business, you don't want to miss this event!
For more information, visit www.contractpackaging.org/AnnualMeeting

IoPP UK to sponsor the Packaging Innovations Conference & Exhibition 2013
Packaging Innovations 2013, taking place February 27-28, 2013 in Birmingham, UK is the only show of its kind in the UK concentrating on packaging design. The event is ideal for marketers, designers, buyers and technologists. It is estimated that over 5,000 will attend the show from a range of packaging concentrations. As part of the sponsorship, IoPP UK is organizing speakers for 'learnshops' that occur throughout the exhibition. These 'learnshops' are 30 minutes in length and are focused on brand inspiration, creation, successes and pitfalls. If you would like to an opportunity to speak at this event, contact Adele Balzan at abalzan@iopp.org.
For information about Packaging Innovations 2013, click here 

Upcoming events

January 22-23
IoPP Technical Bag Committee Winter Meeting, Treasure Island, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Jessica Bodine, e-mail jbodine@mica-corp.com.

January 23
Western New York Chapter Cast Alumni Reception, Rochester, NY.
Click here for more information.

January 25
Cincinnati Chapter January Event - Monthly Meeting and Facility Tour, Hebron, KY.
Click here for more information. Contact: Craig Henize, e-mail chenize@fuse.net.

January 28
Fox Valley Chapter Chili Cook Off Winter Social, Greenville, WI.
Click here for more information. Contact: Brenda Halama, e-mail: brenda.halama@styreneproducts.com.

January 28-30
Fundamentals of Packaging Technology - Semester 1, Orlando, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Barbara Dykes, e-mail bdykes@iopp.org.

January 30 - February 1
Fundamentals of Packaging Technology - Semester 2, Orlando, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Barbara Dykes, e-mail bdykes@iopp.org.

January 31
Golden Gate Chapter Event: Packaging a Sustainable Supply Chain, Pleasanton, CA
Click here for more information. Contact: Madeline Kwiecien, e-mail madeline.kwiecien@gmail.com.

February 6
Chemical Packaging Committee meeting, Sarasota, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Carole Schiller, e-mail cschiller@iopp.org.

February 12-14
WestPack, Anaheim, CA.
Click here for more information.

February 18
Western New York Chapter Board Meeting.
Click here for more information.

February 19
IoPP Webinar: Best Practices in Supply Chain Engagement, Online.
Click here for more information. Contact: Jim George, e-mail jimg@iopp.org.

February 21
Central Florida Chapter Meeting, Largo, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Ismael Santiago, e-mail isantiago@allesinc.com.

February 21-24
Contract Packaging Association Annual Meeting, Naples, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Mary Von Qualen, e-mail mvonqualen@contractpackaging.org.

February 22
Cincinnati Chapter Monthly Meeting and Facility Tour, Cincinnati, OH.
Click here for more information. Contact: Craig Henize, e-mail chenize@fuse.net.

February 27-28
Packaging Innovations 2013, Birmingham, UK.
Click here for more information.

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