Distribution Environment Data Collection Program
ISTA’s mission to empower the people and organizations affecting packaging to minimize product damage throughout distribution and optimize resource usage through effective package design continues to be greatly influenced by packaged-product performance testing. As part of our strategic plan to deliver on this mission, ISTA is in process of developing a new “Distribution Environment Data Collection Program” with the primary goal of expanding our distribution environment data resources. This data will then be leveraged to improve current testing protocols, add new testing protocols, and create a world-class data repository that can be leveraged by ISTA, and its members, to better model distribution locally, nationally, and internationally.
Through both directly-funded research and industry collaboration, we’ve set a goal to obtain atmospheric, vibration, storage, and handling data that meets our established Data Collection Standards for five prioritized global distribution routes. This data will then be developed and implemented into ISTA test procedures as deemed appropriate by the ISTA Testing Council and Technical Division Board.
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.
We are excited for this opportunity to collaborate with the ISTA community to continue pushing package performance testing and design forward. You can contact ISTA VP of Research and Education, Brian O'Banion (firstname.lastname@example.org), directly with any questions or to note interest in participation.
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:
- China (within and between Shanghai and Guangzhou)
- India (within and between Kandla and New Delhi)
- European Union (within and between Rotterdam and Berlin)
- Mexico (within and between Veracruz and Mexico City)
- 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.