December 2021
News and updates for our packaging community.

Thank You and Happy Holidays!


Our signature event, the ISTA Forum is where the packaging community comes together to tackle today’s challenges, explore leading best practices and shape the future of transport packaging. 

Check out the exciting line-up of program speakers for the 2022 ISTA Forum, including TransPack & TempPack events. We are excited to have you join us April 11-13 in San Diego! The early-bird registration deadline is February 4.


We are pleased to welcome Matt Thompson as ISTA’s Vice President of Program and Market Development. Matt joins our team to lead development of ISTA’s strategy to expand the impact of, and market for, ISTA programs to member and non-member audiences worldwide.


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.

Bring Your Questions! 

  • When and how would I use it?  
  • How can I leverage PackSight to build a test that represents my end-to-end supply chain test?   
  • If I build a custom test template, will PackSight still auto calculate packaged-product specific test elements such as compression force and drop heights?  
  • How do I modify an existing ISTA test to meet my internal testing requirements?  
  • Can I modify a previously developed custom test template? 




Recently held Omni-Channel Packaging Strategies Webinars are now available for viewing! These free webinars were held for stakeholders across the distribution chain to learn about solutions needed to combat the challenges created by e-commerce and omni-channel distribution. 




When: Monday, April 11, 2022 from 8:00AM - 12:00PM ​
Join Carolyn Williamson, President of Parental Supply Chain, and Eric Silberstein, Principal of eBiotech Consulting, LLC for an in-person training at the ISTA Forum where you will learn: 
  • Basics of a cold chain program 
  • Attributes of a gold standard cold chain program 
  • Guiding standards for the industry 
  • An introduction to the Shipping Qualification Process Flow 
  • Lessons learned on selecting test labs and suppliers (labs, packaging, recording devices, etc) 

When: Monday, April 11, 2022 from 1:00PM - 5:00PM
Join Carolyn Williamson, President of Parental Supply Chain, and Eric Silberstein, Principal of eBiotech Consulting, LLC for an in-person training at the ISTA Forum where you will learn: 

  • How to create a robust URS
  • How to design and implement your OQ process
  • Navigating Change Control to implement your Qualified System
  • Lessons learned on implementing a Qualified Shipping System
  • Case studies

The ISTA European Division Board is pleased to announce it has organized the following webinars focused on transport packaging with the European market in mind. The webinars are open and complimentary to anyone interested in attending!


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:
What orientation should my packaged-product be placed in when identifying its faces, edges and corners for ISTA 3A? 


ISTA Certified Labs and Members offering Packaging Services: Increase your visibility and help your customers find you on one of the most visited pages of the ISTA website. Add your company logo to your listing that appears in ISTA’s Find a Lab and Packaging Related Services search tool. ($200 annual fee). 


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 Award. This 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, 2022



New job postings in our industry are updated regularly at ISTA's Career Center! Opportunities at Westpak Inc.Keurig Dr. PepperVeritiv have just been added. 

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