August 2022
News and updates for our packaging community.

Happening soon! The ISTA European Packaging Symposium will be held in-person 4-5 October, 2022 in Berlin, Germany at the Courtyard by Marriott Berlin City Center - Room block ends 3 September! This year’s program will provide insights on today's e-commerce and sustainability challenges and will offer new solutions to help shape the future of transport packaging. Don't miss out, we have an incredible lineup of speakers in store for attendees! Check out the full event program & register today to join us in Berlin.


ISTA’s new Packaging Dynamics Professional (PDP) certification program is here! This new expanded educational opportunity replaces our Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) program. PDP was developed by ISTA in collaboration with experts in the packaging research, design & testing industry.

Participants will be required to complete and pass six PDP training modules and now you can choose how you want to learn and get certified. Choose the flexibility of learning on your own with ISTA's new Online Learning platform or the interactivity of Live Virtual or In-Person Training events. Check out the upcoming live virtual and in-person trainings below. Plus, ISTA is offering our education and certification programs to both members and non-members around the globe.




Have questions about the PDP process? We have answers! Check out the FAQ's.

The ISTA Pharma Committee is hosting its annual Technical Exchange on Wednesday, September 7, from 11:00-12:30 EST. You're invited to learn more, provide feedback & ask questions. This virtual industry discussion is open to all!

Discussion topics include:

  • Update on the Pharma Committee Progress
  • Thermal Shipping System: Performance Qualification (PQ) and Performance Verification (PV) Best Practice Guideline Overview
  • What’s next for the Pharma Committee
  • General Open Discussion


Call for Speakers is open for the 2023 ISTA Forum, TransPack & TempPack events! Abstract submissions must be made using the online speaker form and must include an abstract title, topic description, and any practical takeaways. If selected to be a speaker, your attendee registration will be waived. See below for target topics of interest!

TransPack target topics:
Packaging Performance Testing Applications and Research | Challenges of Protective Package Design | Quality Assurance and Validation Best Practices | Damage Reduction Success Stories | e-Commerce Packaging | Sustainable Packaging Development | Optimization of Packaging | Systems Case Studies


TempPack target topics:
Frozen Shipment Best Practices and Case Studies | Real-Time Monitoring & Monitor Qualification | Sustainability Case Studies of Re-Use vs. Single Use | New Methods for Protecting High Value Product in the Supply Chain | Use of the Internet of Things (IoT) for Gathering or Acting on Temperature Data Within a Supply Chain | Innovative Cold Chain Packaging Solutions


The 2023 ISTA Forum is happening May 1-3 in Houston, Texas at the beautiful Marriott Marquis Houston. The Marriott Marquis will deliver a downtown Houston urban resort experience for our attendees while providing over 150,000 square feet of elegant event space, a rooftop terrace, outdoor pavilion and the world's largest Texas-shaped rooftop lazy river! We can’t wait to see everyone next May. Stay tuned for more program details and registration!

PackSight Office Hours are live interactive sessions where the PackSight team will answer your questions about using PackSight. Bring your questions about the powerful new custom test builder or about any aspect of the PackSight tool. Ask questions live or use this form to submit your questions prior to the sessions. We’re excited to have you join us and learn more about PackSight!  


ICYMI: Hear from a top consumer packaged goods company about how their packaging team is using PackSight in the lab to improve their e-Commerce go-to-market speed and strategies. This webinar provided an overview of how PackSight can be used to improve accuracy, save time and promote test team & stakeholder communication for both existing and custom ISTA test procedures. PackSight's Custom Test Builder is a powerful new tool letting you create your own test plans & reports tailored specifically to your supply chain. 


4AB Vibration Blocks Have Arrived in the Custom Test Builder  

ISTA has invested in a collection of global supply chain transportation data! Use PackSight‘s Custom Test Builder to create your own unique test plans & reports using these 14 new regional vibration profiles ready for test lab simulation.

  • Global regions: Asia-Pacific (China, India, Thailand), Western Europe, North America (United States) & Australia
  • Transportation modes: Rail, over the road & air
  • Vehicles: Boxcar, large semi-trailer (steel spring & air ride), flatbed trailer (steel spring & air ride), composite truck, small straight truck (box truck) & aircraft.

With more than 50 years, both as an academic and a packaging industry professional, Dennis Young is retiring as a Packaging Instructor from Michigan State University School of Packaging – effective September 1st.

Prior to joining MSU, Dennis served as ISTA’s Technical Director and played a very significant role to the foundation and success of the association. Dennis also served on ISTA’s Board of Directors and was a recipient of ISTA’s Educational Foundation R. David LeButt Award for excellence in packaging education. Dennis has made his mark through his willingness to share his expert knowledge with the packaging community. So many have learned from him through his countless presentations and technical papers with emphasis on distribution packaging, supply chain measurement and package development & testing.

Dennis Young, in the world of packaging, has always been and always will be an icon and ISTA will be forever grateful for his contributions. Please join us in congratulating Dennis on his well-earned retirement!

Happening October 23-26! ISTA will be exhibiting at PACK EXPO International 2022 in Chicago, Illinois! Look for us in booth N-4537. Make sure to stop by and say hi!

Click the banner to register for free using our code: 74D61

Congratulations to the four $4,500 undergraduate research grant awardees! The ISTA Educational Foundation is thrilled to announced we have selected the following four undergraduate research proposals focused on minimizing product damage throughout distribution and optimizing resource usage through effective package design. The universities have been invited to present their research findings at the 2023 ISTA Forum, which will be held May 1-3, 2023 in Houston, Texas!

  • Rochester Institute of Technology: Evaluation of crowdsourced logistics operations during last mile delivery segments
  • Clemson University: Shock, Vibration and Environmental Analysis of Automated Fulfillment Center for Grocery Distribution
  • Virginia Tech: Mapping of the Grocery Delivery to Home Process and Hazards in a Suburban Environment
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout: The Principle of Optimized Cushion Design for minimizing product damage throughout the distribution

Do you know someone who has made notable contributions to education in transport packaging? It is easy to nominate them below!

The ISTA Educational Foundation (ISTAEF) is seeking nominations for the R. David LeButt AwardThis prestigious award honors packaging professionals in recognition of their excellence and continuing education in transport packaging. The R. David LeButt Award was established in 1999 in the memory of Dave LeButt, who served as an ISTA officer and participated in, and realized, the importance of packaging education. Nomination deadline is January 31, 2023


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