Packaging Summit Expo and Conference

A preliminary conference agenda has been announced for the Packaging Summit Expo and Conference, taking place May 13 - 15, 2008 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

2008's event is focused on giving packaging professionals ideas and solutions, including strategies and tactics on sustainable packaging, global sourcing, driving innovation, and outsourcing.

As the conference program nears completion, it focuses on packaging thought-leaders with critical insights on today's strategic issues How to Drive Packaging Innovation. Lisa Bodell, CEO, futurethink, has led innovation sessions for Fortune 100 companies. She will show that packaging innovation is not just a game for CEOs. Bodell analyzes 12 innovation tactics to get packagers into the game.

Wal-Mart's Global Packaging Reduction Strategy. Paul Lewellen, Sr. Director Supplier Development, Wal-Mart International Merchandising, details the company's Global Innovation Project, its U.S. Scorecard status, and International Scorecard applications.

Packaging Development in the Face of EU Regulations. Arno Melchior, Global Packaging Director, Rickett Benckiser, shows how to work with EU regulations on packaging waste. He will address how to deal with Europe's toxic materials requirements.

Packaging and the Environment . . . The Shopper's Perspective. Scott Young, President, Perception Research Services, reveals what consumers see as environmentally friendly packages. Find out about consumer reactions to alternative packaging systems.

Dealing with China . . . Do Your Homework First. Henry Florentius, President of SoliPax. Based in Shanghai, Florentius delivers first-hand insights on packaging in China.

And more The influx of Mideast resin and packaging materials. How to "walk the walk" of packaging innovation. Keys to contact packaging success.

The conference program is almost complete, with live demonstrations on the show floor and over 160 booths of Materials, Containers and Contract Packaging Solutions.

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