E-PACK Summit 2018

18th - 19th September 2018

Chicago, IL.

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Packing for  E-Commerce or E-PACK  is the first cross sector conference focused on technical discussions around leveraging the packaging industry to fulfill the growing e-commerce market.

Overview

With consumer e-commerce shipments increasing globally by 33% between 2014 and 2016, this distribution channel is fast developing from a niche to a volume application. This is presenting technical challenges for the packaging industry in terms of functional designs and protection. Simultaneously it is opening up new business opportunities as the e-commerce supply chain for packaging technology differs significantly from that for traditional retail selling. The rapidly evolving nature of e-commerce as a sales and delivery channel is making it one of the most attractive areas of the global packaging industry, with brands, logistics companies, conventional and online retailers, converters and material suppliers all positioning themselves to take advantage of this.

E-Pack will provide brand owners the perfect platform to have an open dialogue with packaging converters and packaging design firms on the challenges of staying competitive in the online retailing space, and how the packaging industry – as a whole – can provide innovative and cost effect solutions to assist brand owners in this transition.  

This conference will cover the full landscape of the e-commerce packaging market including supply chain workflow, the CPGs footprint, future outlook and more. 

Agenda

 E-Pack will bring together brand owners, retailers, packaging converters, equipment and software suppliers and more, to discuss recent trends, advancements, and challenges going on in the packaging for e-commerce landscape. 

Over the course of two days, attendees will have the opportunity to network with representatives from across the e-commerce packaging value chain, while exploring topics such as:

  • A current market overview
  • e-Commerce packaging segmentation: case studies in corrugated, flexibles, protective mailers, and protective packaging,
  • CPG’s perspective on the value of consumer-centric packaging
  • Bringing back brand loyalty and staying competitive in the e-commerce landscape
  • Streamlining workflow in e-commerce packaging
  • Cost savings developments, product packaging safety
  • And more! 

Stay tuned for the full agenda announcement that will be announced in May

Advisory Board

Meet the experts on this year's E-PACK advisory board, who are helping to shape the 2018 program

Derrick Lawrence | Director of Packaging Development | Seventh Generation

Derrick Lawrence is the Director of Packaging Development at Seventh Generation, a leading company in environmentally-safe household products.  He leads the Packaging Development department at Seventh Generation.  He has been with Seventh Generation for 6 years and has steadily guided the increase of post-consumer recycled content in packaging to a total of 86%, and increased the percentage of widely recycled packaging materials to 86%.

Greg Tucker | Chairman/CEO | Bay Cities

Greg Tucker graduated from the University of Southern California and started his career at Bay Cities 37 years ago as a sample maker in its Design department.  His interests led him to sales where he single-handedly grew 25% of the company’s revenue and profit, expanding Bay Cities services to value added retail packaging and POP displays.  Greg became heavily involved in both the AICC and ICPF in 1983 and later served on each as a board member.  He is also a member of the AICC Board of Directors, ICPF Board of Directors, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Packaging Advisory Board, and Cal Poly’s Packaging Consortium.  In 1995, Greg assumed the position of president at Bay Cities, became CEO in 1998 and later in 2005 took over the position of Chairman.  He was a founding member of LACORR Packaging and later went onto becoming a founding member or ENCORR. Greg currently serves as one of the three ESOP Trustees of Bay Cities. In 2014 Greg served as the Chairman of the AICC and continues to serve on that Board.  During 2014, Greg transitioned Bay Cities into a 100% employee-owned company. Greg was recently appointed to the FBA Board of Directors.  Greg continues to drive Bay Cities towards the leading designer of packaging and point-of-purchase displays serving markets throughout North America.

Jeff Travis | National Accounts Technical Manager |American Packaging Corporation

Jeff Travis has been in the packaging industry for over 28 years involved with both rigid and flexible packaging.  He is currently a National Accounts Technical Manager for American Packaging Corporation.  Jeff works on the corporate Solutions Team responsible for technical, product development, and packaging innovations assisting brand-owners with their next generation packaging needs.   Prior to working at American Packaging Corporation, Jeff worked at CL&D Graphics and Alcan packaging in package development and customer interface roles.  Jeff has a BS in Plastics Engineering from University of Lowell in MA and a MBA from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.

Susan Bell | Global Vice President of Strategy, Business Development and M&A | Sealed Air, Product Care Division 

Susan Bell is the Global Vice President of Strategy, Business Development and M&A for the Product Care division. Product Care has annual global sales in excess of $1.6 billion, driven by an industry-leading portfolio of packaging innovations designed to resolve the demanding challenges of moving products through complex and evolving global supply chains.

Susan is responsible for leading the global team which is charged with creating the divisional strategy, catalyzing and executing mergers and acquisitions, developing new business, generating customer and market intelligence and to ensure the division outperforms the market. Susan brings to Sealed Air more than 20 years of global marketing and sales experience in strategy, business development, and global account leadership across consumer and industrial markets.  

 Prior to assuming this Strategic leadership role in 2016, Susan was most recently with Sonoco where she held progressively expanding roles, including Global Corporate Customer Director for 3M where she drove global sales expansion, and M&A Manager where she developed the market segmentation strategy and led the largest accretive acquisition in Sonoco history. Prior to Sonoco Susan held various global marketing and commercial leadership roles at Stanley-Black & Decker, Ingersoll Rand and Newell-Rubbermaid.

Susan has been awarded three US patents (08329268, 8329268 B2 and 2351444 A1) for innovative products. She believes that people are a company’s greatest asset and that lifetime learning is the key to success. Susan belongs to the National Organization of Women and is a founding member of the Anne Springs Close Greenway Ladies Guild where she currently serves on the Development Committee and Sponsorship Chairperson.


Rebecca Dominick | Senior Packaging Engineer | Pepsico

Rebecca Dominick leads the PepsiCo eCommerce Packaging R&D team, with responsibility for North America Nutrition Beverages, including brands such as Gatorade, Tropicana, Naked Juice, and IZZE.  She has been with PepsiCo Research and Development for over 6 years, with experience in Package Quality Assurance and Packaging Innovation.  Rebecca also had the opportunity to lead a packaging based research assignment located in the Middle East.  Prior to PepsiCo, Rebecca worked for the Beauty Industry in New York City, across multiple Packaging remits, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Packaging from Michigan State University.    


Robert Seay | Director of Digital Business Ventures | Georgia-Pacific

Rian Mabry | Packaging Engineer | HelloFresh

Register for E-Pack 2018

Pricing for E-PACK 2018 is phased, register early to secure the lowest price possible

 

Super Early Bird Rate

Early Bird Rate

Standard Pricing

Final        Fee        

E-PACK SUMMIT 2018

$999

Expires 6/8

$1,099

Expires 7/27

$1,299

Expires 8/31

$1,399

 

If you  have additional questions regarding registration,  please contact  Alyssa Perna  at aperna@smithers.com   or +1 330 762 7441.