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 CHEP and IFCO sponsor first annual reusable packaging forum  

CHICAGO, Ill.–In late April, packaging professionals from around the country gathered in Chicago for a two-day forum centred around industry collaboration and solving the unique challenges related to reusable packaging. Attendees of the forum had an opportunity to hear real-world examples, experiences and best practices from peers in similar industries.

CHEP was one of several sponsors of the two day event, providing the opening night reception in a joint effort with sister company IFCO. As part of the Brambles family of companies, CHEP and IFCO provide pooled container and supply chain solutions for a variety of industries including the food, beverage and automotive sectors. A diverse array of packaging suppliers were represented at the forum with poolers, 3PLs and plastics manufacturers, as well as a mix of end users of returnable packaging.

“The collective expertise at the forum provided a unique opportunity for users of reusables to gain tips on cost reduction, creating leaner operations and really maximizing the benefits of their returnable packaging,” said Chris Bomgaars, Director of Sales & Marketing at the containers division of CHEP North America.

“Building momentum for future events of this kind and encouraging end user participation would be advantageous for the industry as a whole.”

Subject-matter expert panellists presented and fielded questions on several common reusable packaging issues. The forum topics included:

  • Best Practices for Implementing Reusable Supply Chain Solutions
  • The Business Case for Reusable Packaging
  • Controlling Reusable Assets and Preventing Loss


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