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Reusable Packaging Pavilion returns to PACK EXPO.

Press Release Summary:

Oct 12, 2012 - Sponsored by Reusable Packaging Association, Reusable Packaging Pavilion plays an important role at PACK EXPO by connecting attendees with reusable transport packaging solutions that ensure products make the journey to store shelf safely and efficiently. RPA will also provide educational programming at The Conference at PACK EXPO, which runs concurrently with the show, from Oct. 29-31. Sessions will focus on sustainability, benefits of intelligent shipping, and container selection criteria.

Original Press Release

RPA Returns to PACK EXPO, Bigger Than Ever

Press release date: Oct 04, 2012

Reusable Packaging Association Sponsors Pavilion Provides Conference Programming

Arlington, Va. — The Reusable Packaging Pavilion will make its return to Chicago at PACK EXPO International 2012 (October 28-31; McCormick Place, Chicago). Sponsored by the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA), this pavilion is sold out and the largest it’s ever been. Its exhibitors are suppliers of reusable pallets, bulk containers, washing technology, poolers and other solutions that help brand owners enhance the sustainability of their operations while reducing costs.

The Reusable Packaging Pavilion plays an important role at PACK EXPO by connecting attendees with reusable transport packaging solutions that ensure products make the journey the store shelf, safely and efficiently,” said Charles D. Yuska, president CEO, PMMI. “The demand for practical, sustainability-enhancing solutions will continue to drive the growth of this pavilion.”

Additionally, RPA will provide educational programing at The Conference at PACK EXPO, which runs concurrently with the show, from Monday, October 29, through Wednesday, October 31. Sessions offer a special focus on sustainability, the benefits of intelligent shipping and container selection criteria. A full conference schedule and registration details are available at

“The pavilion and our conference sessions keep growing every year in response to the positive feedback we receive from attendees,” said Jerry Welcome, president, RPA. “Having all these resources in one place helps attendees get complete information about reusables, whether they are just starting with implementation or they want to evolve their supply chains further to gain more efficiencies and cost savings. And in turn, it’s a great opportunity for our members and RPA to showcase the value we bring to the packaging market.”

RPA will also present its first annual Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award at PACK EXPO. The award is designed to recognize companies that have developed, supported or implemented measurable and innovative reusable solutions in a business-to-business supply chain.

The Reusable Packaging Pavilion is just one of several pavilions and customer-centric features to help attendees maximize their time at PACK EXPO. These include The Processing Zone, The Pharmaceutical Pavilion, The Confectionary Pavilion and The Brand Zone as well as several networking lounges dedicated to the baking and snack, beverage, confectionery and pharmaceutical industries.

To register for PACK EXPO International 2012, visit Discounted registration rates of $30 apply until October 8, 2012; costs increase to $60 after that date and on-site. Conference sessions can also be booked online. Fees are $99 per session through October 8, 2012; costs increase to $125 per session thereafter. Conference registrations include admission to the PACK EXPO show floor.

To learn more about the Reusable Packaging Pavilion at, contact Jerry Welcome, President, RPA, to learn more about other RPA events and conference programming: or 703.224.8284.

About PMMI
PMMI is a trade association of more than 600 member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and related converting machinery in the United States or Canada; machinery components and packaging containers and materials. PMMI’s vision is to be the leading global resource for the packaging and processing supply chain, and its mission is to improve and promote members' abilities to meet the needs of their customers.

PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, EXPO PACK México, and EXPO PACK Guadalajara, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. Coming Up: PACK EXPO International at McCormick Place in Chicago, Oct. 28–31, 2012; EXPO PACK Guadalajara at Expo Guadalajara, February 27 - March 1; EXPO PACK México 2013 at Centro Banamex, Mexico City, June 18-21.

Learn more about PMMI and the PACK EXPO trade shows at and

About the RPA
The Reusable Packaging Association is a collaborative effort between manufacturers, poolers, distributors, retailers and educators to promote the environmental, safety, and economic benefits of reusable packaging. The RPA serves as the collective voice of the industry and uses its knowledge of the members’ products and services to advance the adoption of reusable packaging and systems throughout the supply chain.  The RPA is focused on promoting the expansion of reusables as the preferred packaging solution across supply chains in all industries. For more information, visit  or call 703.224.8284.