August 2021
News and updates for our packaging community.

Watch PackSight's Test Builder in Action!





PackSight’s powerful enhanced test builder feature makes it easy for you to customize a test specific to your distribution chain. Learn more from the ISTA and Specright team as they demo the new test builder feature and discuss other new updates to the platform. The beta version of the enhanced test builder will be available soon.

New Enhanced Test Builder!
  • Link individual test elements or ingredients together from the existing 3-series or 6-series test blocks to build your own test or recipe that meets your supply chain needs.
  • Plus, save your test as a template for your entire team to use again and again.

Two Ways to Use Custom Test Planning
  1. Make your own recipe with our existing ingredients, equations & logic 
  2. Or, modify the ingredients as you wish to make it your own!

Platform Updates!
  • Create shareable password-protected links.
  • Embed videos in web reports.

Remember, PackSight is available for free to all ISTA Labs!
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Distribution Environment Data Collection Project: China

Submissions due August 27, 2021

We’re now seeking bids on the following research project: Distribution Environment Data Collection Project: China. The work sought in this RFP is the creation of a technical report detailing the transport modes, storage, and handling involved in the distribution of CPGs, including last segments, in the representative land routes in China. 





Register now for the following webinar presented by industry expert Luke Venechuk with Highlight Industries. Free for ISTA Members! Don't forget to visit our Videos On-Demand page for recordings of July's webinars.






New job postings in our industry are updated regularly at ISTA's Career Center! Opportunities at ​GE AppliancesWestPak, PCA, VeritivMaxQ Research, Mars and more have just been added.




Packaging leader Amcor makes transformative gift to Michigan State University School of Packaging

Congratulations to ISTA members Amcor and the MSU School of Packaging on this historic partnership! Read more here.


Smurfit Kappa Announces New E-commerce Packaging Laboratory

Smurfit Kappa has announced the opening of a new ISTA-certified lab at its new e-commerce facility in Northampton, UK. Read more here.






New date! The 15th annual ISTA China Packaging Symposium will be held September 28-30 in Huzhou City, Zhejiang Province. Registration is open, click the link below to view the full program and save your seat.




Date Announcement! The ISTA Asia Pacific Packaging Symposium will be held on December 2, 2021 in Jeon-ju, South Korea.

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




Did you know our new website includes a helpful Support Center that allows you to browse through a collection of articles and FAQs? The knowledge base includes popular topics surrounding Testing, Certification, Membership and so much more. Plus, if you can’t find an answer to your question, you can easily submit a ticket and we’ll get back to you.
Here's a popular question we're being asked right now:
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Call for speakers! We're interested in topics related to e-Commerce Packaging, Sustainable Packaging Development, Damage Reduction Success Stories, and more! Visit ISTA's TransPack page for the full list of topics and to submit your proposal.





Call for speakers! We're interested in topics related to New Methods for Protecting High-Value Product in the Supply Chain, Innovative Cold Chain Packaging Solutions, Case Studies on gathering temperature lane data, and more! Visit ISTA's TempPack page for the full list of topics and to submit your proposal.




New videos have been added to ISTA's Videos On-Demand page. Members have free access to the latest webinars and years of video educational content. Check it out!



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