Data Collection Project

The Distribution Environment Data Collection Project aims to enhance ISTA’s value proposition by ensuring we continue to offer the industry’s most current testing procedures.  This data will be leveraged by packaging professionals to design optimized packaging solutions for both domestic and global distribution. See Distribution Environment Data Collection Program details.

The purpose of this project is to undertake a transport environment data collection study, obtaining atmospheric, vibration, storage and handling data that meets established ISTA Data Collection Standards for five prioritized global distribution routes.

Based on research using trade data from the World Bank and others, ISTA’s Technical Division Board decided upon the following approach:
  • Gather data for the ocean route of Asia to the EU (Shanghai to Rotterdam). This data can then be adjusted to scale for various ocean transport distances.
  • Gather data for two of the top global ports ranging across locations of interest, such as Shanghai and Rotterdam. This data collection effort will determine if there are substantive handling differences at the various ports or if all major ports can reasonably be modeled the same.
  • Collect data for the top five inter-regional land routes of interest for which data is currently deemed to be non-representative:
  1. China (within and between Shanghai and Guangzhou)
  2. India (within and between Kandla and New Delhi)
  3. European Union (within and between Rotterdam and Berlin)
  4. Mexico (within and between Veracruz and Mexico City)
  5. Japan (within and between Tokyo and Osaka)
  • As a first pilot phase, we will focus on data collection for a land route.
This approach will yield data that can then be segmented to model global distribution routes. It is also intended to serve as a starting point and not an end goal. We are also interested in working with members of the community who own data for routes outside of these identified target areas and have interest in sharing and building the ISTA data repository. This will ultimately serve to improve testing and package design globally.

The following RFP includes the initial phase of the Distribution Environment Data Collection Project:

Distribution Environment Data Collection Project: India (CLOSED)

Click here for the full RFP.

UPDATE 1/9/2018:
This project is the initial project phase focused on data collection of the land route in India.  The contract was awarded in December 2018 and will collect data within and between Mumbai and New Delhi.  We expect this project phase to be completed by Q4 2019.

An acceptable proposal alternative is outlined as follows:
1. Focus on the Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNP) rather than the Kandla Port. The primary reasons for this alternative are:
  • JNP is the biggest container handling port in India (55%) and accounts for ~40% of India’s overall containerized ocean trade.
  • It is ideally located in the vicinity of Mumbai where the collaborators may be situated and can establish the CPG industry contacts with more ease. 
2. It may not be possible to integrate the distribution modes for individual CPGs towards the required measurements of distribution hazards. Therefore, it is acceptable to undertake separate measurements for the 4 road transport identified in the RFP i.e. FTL, LTL, parcel and other.

  • November 15, 2018 – Release and distribution of RFP
  • November 16 – 29, 2018 – Questions and answers exchanged
  • December 3, 2018 – Deadline for submitting proposals
  • December 10, 2018  – Selected vendor notified
  • December 17, 2018 – Contract signed

For more information, please contact ISTA VP of Research and Education, Brian O'Banion ( or (517) 333-3437 ext. 216.