May 2022
News and updates for our packaging community.

Thank You For Making the 2022 ISTA Forum a Success!

We are pleased to share we successfully hosted the ISTA Forum April 11-13 in beautiful San Diego, California - watch now! More than 300 packaging professionals from around the globe came together to tackle today’s challenges, explore industry best practices, discover latest trends, and shape the future of transport packaging. Check out the photos from San Diego!
The ISTA Forum included TransPack & TempPack events. TransPack events were focused on the optimization of packaging for transport & TempPack events were focused on global temperature-controlled performance packaging.

Highlights of the ISTA Forum include:
Thank you to all our attendees, sponsors, speakers & exhibitors for coming together to network, learn and make this event possible. 
Save the date for the 2023 ISTA Forum!

We are thrilled to announce we will be hosting the 2023 ISTA Forum next 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 details!

The ISTA Global Board of Directors is pleased to announce the election of Bill Green, Distinguished Engineer & Chief Technologist at IBM Systems Supply Chain, as its new Chair. “I am very excited for this opportunity to collaborate with such a strong group of thought leaders in the packaging and distribution industries,” said Bill Green. “As Chair of the ISTA Global Board of Directors, I have the chance to lead & advance ISTA’s efforts of being the leading resource to the global transport packaging community.”  Bill succeeds Greg Batt, Professor at Clemson University, who will remain on the board serving as Immediate Past Chair.
Nora Crivello, President & CEO at WESTPAK, Inc. was also elected as Vice Chair. “I am honored to serve as Vice Chair on ISTA’s 2022 Global Board of Directors,” said Nora Crivello. “ISTA is the most trusted and knowledgeable authority in transport packaging, and I am thrilled to continue the mission of the organization and support the companies we empower.”
ISTA is also pleased to welcome new member-at-large director to ISTA’s Global Board of Directors, Anthony (TJ) Rizzo, Chief Commercial Officer at Cold Chain Technologies. TJ has extensive experience in the packaging industry and will provide valuable input and perspective to ISTA.
Three individuals recently completed their terms, and ISTA would like to express our deep appreciation for their outstanding contributions to our Board of Directors. The departing members, Sam Sheppard Fidler of Smithers, Greg Fornasiero of The Home Depot, and Mike Gabriel of Land O’ Lakes have been an integral part of ISTA’s growth during their terms of service.

“ISTA and the entire transport packaging community has benefited from the experience Sam, Greg and Mike brought to the table during their time on the Global Board of Directors,” said ISTA President & CEO A.J. Gruber. “ISTA would like to thank them for their commitment in guiding ISTA’s mission with their valuable insights and expertise.”

Congratulations to all and thank you to all ISTA members who participated in this important election process!



PackSight Office Hours are live interactive sessions where the PackSight team will answer your questions about using PackSight. Curious about the powerful new custom test builder? Not sure how to conduct a test? Join Office Hours to get help. 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?  

With the new addition of 1A & 2A test blocks to the Custom Test Builder feature, PackSight users can now select any of the 114 test blocks from ISTA's most popular test procedures! Users can modify test blocks, create custom test plans & reports, add test objectives & results and more!


Discover and Grow! Exploring the Future of Effective Package Design

We are pleased to present the 8th edition of the ISTA European Packaging Symposium to be held in-person 4-5 October, 2022 in Berlin, Germany at the Courtyard by Marriott Berlin City Center. 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. 

New to the program this year are sessions on sustainability, e-commerce design and testing panels of experts discussing important topics and big trends. Check out the full event program & register today!


The ISTA Educational Foundation (ISTAEF) is issuing a call for undergraduate research proposals focusing on minimizing product damage throughout distribution and optimizing resource usage through effective package design. ISTAEF will award two (2) grants of $4,500 each for research to be performed in the Fall of 2022, with the results reported at the 2023 ISTA Forum. The deadline to submit proposals is June 30, 2022.


The call for design works for The 3rd ISTA Transport Packaging Design Competition, co-hosted by ISTA and China Committee of ISTA, is officially open

Need help navigating PackSight? Check out the Support Community

The support community has resources such as training videos, past webinars and FAQ's to help you get the most out of Packsight. 


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

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