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:
  1. China (within and between Shanghai and Guangzhou)
  2. India (within and between Jawaharlal Nehru port (Mumbai) and New Delhi)
  3. European Union (East/West and North/South routes)
  4. Mexico (within and between Veracruz and Mexico City)
  5. Japan (within and between Tokyo and Osaka)
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: European Union (OPEN)

Click here for the full RFP.


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: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.

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