July 2021
News and updates for our packaging community.


Amazon is further committing to its sustainability goals by expanding its Frustration-Free Packaging Program, which will incentivize more vendors to use pre-shipment testing to minimize waste and ensure damage-free delivery.

The program expansion was announced June 1, 2021 for North America and is expected to expand to Europe later this year. Products starting as small as 6 x 4 x 0.375 inches can now qualify for the program.
Since 2015, Amazon has reduced the weight of outbound packaging by 36% and eliminated more than 1 million tons of packaging material — the equivalent of 2 billion shipping boxes.
ISTA is proud to partner with Amazon to help educate more people on the importance of pre-shipment testing and the value of reducing damage during transport.
ISTA members can learn more by watching the Amazon Update Webinar, available on-demand on ISTA’s website.



PackSight Custom Test Builder Coming Soon


On Wednesday, July 21 from 1:30-2:30, the ISTA and Specright team will conduct a live demo of PackSight’s powerful new custom test builder feature that makes it easy for you to customize a test specific to your distribution chain. This webinar will also cover new enhancements to the tool’s reporting and delivery capabilities, including adding hi-res photos, videos and online password protected reporting links you can share with your team and customers. Q&A session included. If you want more information before attending, click here for an overview video of the new tool from a recently held webinar!


2021 Annual Membership Meeting


ISTA’s 2021 Annual Membership Meeting was held on Tuesday, June 8th. The meeting delivered board member updates, a financial and membership review, and some of ISTA’s major focuses for 2021. If you missed the webinar, watch it now in our Videos On-Demand section, available to all members.




ISTA PackSight User License Transfer


Did you know ISTA Lab Delegates can transfer your user license to someone else within your company? Email Support and we'll transfer the license. And remember - PackSight is available for free to all ISTA Lab members.




The 2021 Resource Book has been shipped to all ISTA Delegate members. The book includes a collection of ISTA Test Procedures, the Guidelines for Selecting and Using ISTA Test Procedures and Projects. Non-members may purchase the book by visiting ISTA’s store at www.ista.org.





Upcoming Webinars!

Register now for the following webinars presented by industry experts starting Wednesday, July 14th. These webinars are free for ISTA Members!  





New speakers and sponsors added! The 15th annual ISTA China Packaging Symposium will be held September 1-3 in Huzhou City, Zhejiang Province. Registration is now open, click the link below to view the full program and save your seat.



ISTA China Announces 2021 Transport Packaging Design Competition

Submissions due August 6, 2021   



New date! We have rescheduled the next ISTA European Packaging Symposium to be held 1-3 March, 2022 in Berlin, Germany at the Courtyard by Marriott Berlin City Center.

Upcoming Webinars! In lieu of the 2021 European Packaging Symposium, we are pleased to announce we'll be hosting a series of European-focused webinars to be held this upcoming November, December and January to be conveniently scheduled during European time zones.

Call for speakers: If you are interested in submitting a proposal to be considered for the webinars or the 2022 Symposium, click the link below for more information.




We're interested in topics related to (but not necessarily limited to) the following: 
  • 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 





We're interested in topics related to (but not necessarily limited to) the following: 
  • Case Studies on gathering temperature lane data 

  • New Methods for Protecting High Value Product in the Supply Chain 

  • Unique Algorithms that Simplify Supply Chain Decision Making 

  • Unique Design and Distribution Challenges Posed from Large Molecule Protein Solutions 

  • Use of the Internet of Things (IoT) for Gathering or Acting on Temperature Data Within a Supply Chain 

  • Simulation Applications as a Tool for Reducing Laboratory Studies 

  • Innovative Cold Chain Packaging Solutions




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ISTA InTouch E-Newsletter - July 2021