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Find Solutions to Your Challenges at The Forum – An Industry Knowledge Exchange

The Forum

Find Solutions to Your Challenges at The Forum – An Industry Knowledge Exchange

A NEW educational experience “The Forum” will debut at PACK EXPO East 2018. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in unique, interactive presentations at PACK EXPO East 2018.  The Forum will feature 20-minute open sessions on the latest industry trends by the OpX Leadership Network, Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), Contract Packagers Association (CPA) and PMMI Business Intelligence, followed by 25-minute small group discussions and Q&A. 



Monday, April 16, 2018

Streamlining the Request for Proposal Process
Specifying and purchasing packaging equipment can be a tedious process. This session will introduce a new tool for simplifying and streamlining this task
Speaker: Bryan Griffen, Director, Industry Services, PMMI
11:00 am
What’s Your Plan? Career Mapping – Understanding the Path to Success
While there isn’t any one single formula for success in the packaging industry, we’ve mapped the careers of industry leaders and will share what their careers can teach us about the common characteristics their career paths share.
Speaker: Jane Chase, Executive Director, IoPP
1:00 pm
Contract Packaging Today; The Industry is Quickly Evolving and CPA is Keeping Pace!
Today more than ever, companies are partnering with contract packagers to deliver significant business advantages. From traditional retail to e-commerce learn how the contract packaging / manufacturing industry delivers cost effective and rapid solutions in these ever changing markets. Visit with us as we offer valuable insights on the industry, our dynamic association, and the advantages of outsourcing.
Speaker: Vicky Smitley, Past President, Contract Packaging Association
2:00 pm

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Future Trends and Expectations in the Contract Packaging Industry
CPA has just completed its tri-annual state of the industry report. For the first time the details will be presented, and a summary will be made available all who attend.
Speaker: Carl Melville, CPA
11:00 am
The Evolution of Automation
We will share highlights of PMMI’s “Evolution of Automation” report including trends, adoption rates, challenges, expectations and with audience input, we will try to put a finger on what is being solved and where we are falling short.
Speaker: Jorge Izquierdo, Vice President of Market Development, PMMI                    
1:00 pm
Your Career in Today’s Volatile Workplace
This session will identify issues that shape the current employment environment, and recommend tactics to maximize your career growth.
Speaker: Dennis Gros, President, Gros Executive Recruiters                                      
2:00 pm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Understanding Total Cost of Ownership
Learn the attributes and how to assess the Total Cost of Ownership. In addition, attendees will discover tools and methods to assist in partnering relationships, making better decisions in quoting and buying.
Speaker: Steve Schlegel, Managing Director, OpX Leadership Network                
11:00 am
Standardizing Factory Acceptance Test Procedures
Learn about reducing Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) “one offs” and focusing instead on some common attributes that CPGs and OEMs can use time and again to improve the FAT process.
Speaker: Steve Perry, Managing Director, OpX Leadership Network                              
1:00 pm



You’ll walk away with new solutions and ideas you can bring back to your team. The Forum presentations will take place throughout PACK EXPO East in Booth #1629.