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ISTA regards Education and Networking as cornerstone activities and considering today's economic challenges, knowledge is more important than ever. ISTA offers many educational opportunities to help you stay current with relevant industry issues and keep up-to-date on the newest innovations and best practices in transport packaging. We are committed to providing quality educational events that will deliver direct benefits to you and your company.



ISTA is pleased to announce an upcoming educational webinar by one of ISTA’s top rated TransPack Forum speakers, Monica D. Habash of West Pharmaceutical Services. Monica will be presenting Material and Performance Evaluation of Shipping Containers Utilizing Alternate Materials and Styles on Thursday, March 19th at 1:00pm. The webinar will be 45 minutes of useful ideas and information and is a great way for you and your team to stay abreast of the best practices and current issues in the industry. The webinar will also include a short Q & A session. As a member benefit to ISTA members, this webinar is free of charge. Non-members are welcome to participate for a $55 fee.


THURSDAY, March 19th, 1:00pm EST
Material and Performance Evaluation of Shipping Containers Utilizing Alternate Materials and Styles
Monica D. Habash, West Pharmaceutical Services, Packaging Engineer

This presentation compares the material characteristics, style and performance qualities of extruded high density polyethylene, polypropylene and paperboard corrugate containers. Creep compression testing, compression strength testing and single parcel distribution simulation was conducted for several groups of shipping containers using different material types, thickness and container style. Generated data and trended market research are used to provide performance and cost comparative analysis of the evaluated container material, thickness and style. Takeaway: A better understanding of how materials and container style impact overall performance of shipping containers.

ISTA Members: FREE Non-Members: $55

Monica Habash Biography: Education: B.S. in Biotechnology and M.S. in Packaging Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. Activities: ISTA Member and ASTM Member.



You Still Have Time to Register for ISTA's TransPack Forum!

ISTA's TransPack Forum program includes presentations from world-leading experts on the latest in packaged-product performance testing methodologies, load stability analysis, pallet design and valuable case studies along with opportunities to network and gain direct access to key people in the industry.

New E-Commerce Segment Added to the Forum Program: The special sustainability segment and panel discussion from the 2014 TransPack Forum were a big success. This year’s special segment will focus on the evolving E-Commerce supply chain and its impact on packaging. This segments presentations will provide insight on E-Commerce packaging from the perspective of manufacturers, CPGs, retailers, carriers, and test laboratories and will culminate in a panel discussion with questions from the audience.

Check out the 2015 program and register today. You won't want to miss this important educational opportunity!

There is no better way to build new relationships and to stay in touch with what is going on in today's world than by attending the Forum. The entire program including the receptions, ice breakers, breakfast, lunch and breaks are all designed to offer you an opportunity to interact with industry peers. Connecting with people matters and the Forum makes it happen!

Discover the Advantages of Being Certified Become an ISTA Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) while attending the Forum! ISTA CPLP Instructional Workshop to be held Monday, April 6th and Tuesday, April 7th. Click here to learn more.

Sponsor this Important Educational Event
The Forum is the premier opportunity for you to show you are an industry leader and to extend your company’s brand identity and marketing capabilities by becoming a sponsor. The sponsors are of great importance to the overall success of the Forum and ample opportunities are provided for maximum exposure to all of the attendees. Don’t miss this chance to support this unique and valued educational event. Click here for more information on sponsorship.




Upcoming RPbD Training Programs
for those who are interested in learning how to implement the process in their company. Whether you’re seeking to test the waters, committed to implementing the program, or desiring to obtain a professional certificate, the RPbD training program can help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to build your company’s reputation as an environmentally and socially conscious corporate citizen – and drive profitability.

Dates and locations for upcoming RPbD Training Programs are being planned. The format for the program includes a full day in-person session followed by a half day web meeting. Contact Lisa Bonsignore ( at ISTA Headquarters for upcoming dates and locations or to request a Training Program to be held at your company.

RPbD Guide Available to ISTA Members and Non Members
The Responsible Packaging by Design (RPbD) Guide is a step-by-step process management standard for the design, testing, and qualification of responsible packaging that meets industry, consumer, and regulatory expectations. The RPbD Guide is available as a member benefit at no additional cost under a licensing agreement to ISTA members classified as a Business Primary Location. Individual members and university members are not eligible for this benefit. Non-members may purchase the Guide for an annual license fee of $750. Simply visit the ISTA E-Market at