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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.


Wednesday, May 21, 11:00 EST
Ergonomics and Material Handling

Susie Elkins, Millwood, Inc., Senior Packaging Engineer
This webinar provides an introduction to Ergonomics and Material Handling. As members of ISTA and the packaging community, we are in a unique situation to help improve ergonomics as it relates to handling products, packages, and unit loads. This presentation will help you to recognize high-risk manual material handling work tasks and choose effective options for reducing their physical demands, increasing general safety and health aspects of work environments, and increasing productivity.

ISTA Members: FREE Non-Members: $55

Susie Elkins Biography: Susie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Packaging from Michigan State University. She has been involved in the packaging industry for more than 20 years. She has held packaging positions with IBM and currently holds the position of Senior Packaging Engineer at Millwood, Inc. Her experience and expertise are in the areas of distribution packaging materials, package and unit load design, testing and analysis. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), and Material Handling Industry (MHI).


We Want to Hear From You! Call for ISTA Webinar Series Speakers
ISTA's 2013 webinar series was very successful and many of you took advantage of the learning opportunity! We are looking for speakers to participate in our 2014 series. We want to hear from you if you have an interesting and informative topic or case study related to transport packaging! Here are a few topics of interest but the webinars are not limited to these specific areas:

• Experiences with shipping into and out of new and emerging markets
• Packaging Test Labs – quality and audit strategies
• Package testing strategies for large non-palletized cartons
• Handling graphics for large cartons
• Developing and/or maintaining a custom corporate packaging specification

Click here to send us your title and abstract or contact Lisa Bonsignore at if you are interested or have any questions.


We are pleased to announce that ISTA will be holding the 2014 TransPack Forum next April 22-25, 2014 at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Orlando, Florida. Be sure to mark it on your calendars and include it in your budgets. New to the Forum program this year is a special sustainability segment where attendees will hear first hand the latest news and trends from the executives of the leading associations involved in packaging sustainability issues. This session will also include a panel discussion.

Click here to visit the current list of speakers on the 2014 TransPack Forum Program.

The TransPack Forum is the most well attended educational event providing the latest ideas and advancements of responsible transport packaging and the physical distribution of products. The international educational and networking advantages are superior!

The Forum provides attendees with quality presentations and valuable case studies from world-leading experts along with opportunities to interact with industry peers to discuss critical issues, share solutions, gain ideas and ultimately become a more knowledgeable packaging professional. It has been developed for the seasoned professional or the newcomer and is the largest dedicated event for packaging and distribution professionals working in all areas of the industry.

The TransPack Forum is a great place to connect and network. The program is solid with packaging experts from around the world, and yes, you will walk away enlightened and definitely smarter but don’t underestimate the value of hallway conversations and informal exchanges you'll experience. The Forum is your best source for the recommendations you need and to learn new ways of doing business that apply to your world. The Forum brings us together and the Forum keeps us together.



Upcoming RPbD Training Programs
ISTA offers a Responsible Packaging by Design (RPbD) Training Program with a Professional Certificate of Training for people who are interested in learning how to implement the RPbD process in their company. Whether seeking to test the waters, training to implement the program, or 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. Individuals 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