March 2022
News and updates for our packaging community.

The ISTA Educational Foundation is thrilled to announce Paul G. Russell as the recipient of this year’s R. David LeButt Award, which honors packaging professionals for their excellence and continuing education in transport packaging.

“Paul Russell has been a stalwart supporter of packaging, dynamics and education for his whole career,” said ISTAEF Board of Director, Nora Crivello of WESTPAK. “He believes in the tenants of teaching and sharing information, which is so vital to our industry. We are incredibly proud to honor Paul with this award and induct him into this league of legends.”

Paul will be recognized for his tremendous impact on packaging education at the 2022 ISTA Forum, April 11-13 in San Diego, CA.


We are so excited for the most important global industry event dedicated to transport packaging - the ISTA Forum! The event is coming up soon in beautiful San Diego, California and we can't wait to see everyone in-person again!

Visit the ISTA Forum website to check out the tremendous line-up of TransPack & TempPack program speakers, training sessions, our sponsors, exhibitors and MORE!

Not registered yet?
You can still use the code SANDIEGOSUN to SAVE $125 off registration!


Learn more about our premier sponsors of the ISTA Forum and how they can help you! The following one-hour spotlight webinars being offered next week are free to attend and are open to everyone, including non-Forum attendees. Simply use the individual registration links below to join us!

Join WESTPAK, Inc. live on
Tuesday, April 5th | 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. EST


Join Sonoco Thermosafe live on
Tuesday, April 5th | 1:30 P.M. - 2:30 P.M. EST
Join Styropek Arcel Resins live on
Wednesday, April 6th | 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. EST

Join SafeLoad Testing Technologies live on
Wednesday, April 6th | 1:30 P.M. - 2:30 P.M. EST

Join Mediline Isothermal Solutions live on
Wednesday, April 6th | 3:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. EST


Join Lansmont live on
Thursday, April 7th | 1:30 P.M. - 2:30 P.M. EST


PackSight's powerful custom test builder feature makes it easy for you to customize a test specific to your distribution chain.

  • 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.
  • Make your own recipe with our existing ingredients, equations & logic  
  • Or, modify the ingredients as you wish to make it your own!

Attending the ISTA Forum? The ISTA & Specright team will be available to answer all your PackSight questions at the exhibitor’s reception! Stop by and take PackSight for a test drive.

If you would like to contribute to ISTA and the Packaging industry by volunteering, ISTA’s Test Series Group (TSG) is a great place to start. The TSG is ISTA’s consensus body responsible for voting on proposed new ISTA Test Protocols, technical revisions to existing and reaffirmation of existing ISTA Protocols as well as the addition & termination of TSG members. To ensure balance and openness, involvement in the TSG is open to ISTA members and non-members.



We want to hear from you! As part of ISTA’s 2022 annual protocol review, the Standards Council is seeking your feedback, through a brief survey, on protocols 3A, 3B, and 3E. The information will be reviewed by the Standards Council to help understand how the protocols are utilized, effectiveness, as well as to identify both Technical and Editorial improvement opportunities. Your participation and feedback are appreciated!


Are you using the most current ISTA Test Procedure?  

We keep the “ISTA Procedure Changes & Development” page on the ISTA website updated with any important corrections, changes, and edits for all procedures. We encourage all users to check this page to be sure you are aware of any technical or editorial changes and are using the most current version. Members may download the full procedures in the Member Area. Non-members may purchase the full procedure by visiting our Store. Click below for more information about ISTA Test Procedures.


New job postings in our industry are updated regularly at ISTA's Career Center! Opportunities at UPS, La-Z-Boy, Veritiv, Smithers and Johnson Controls have just been added. 

We are pleased to announce the 2022 ISTA European Packaging Symposium will be held 4-5 October 2022 in Berlin, Germany at the Courtyard Marriott Berlin City Center. 

Topics at the European Packaging Symposium include:
  • Exploring the future of effective package design
  • Insights on today's e-commerce and sustainability challenges
  • New solutions to help shape the future of transport packaging

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