'Big box' retailers to discuss flexible packaging trends

Representatives from Wal-Mart, Costco, and Home Depot will provide insight into the market forces driving flexible packaging at the upcoming Flexible Packaging 2004 Conference in Atlanta, GA, March 24-26.

The first-ever FPC conference will be produced by the Society of Plastics Engineers www.4spe.org and the Institute of Packaging Professionals www.iopp.org. Packaging World is serving as the media partner for the event.

Ron Reed, Wal-Mart’s corporate packaging manager, Jay Tilley, buyer for Costco Wholesale Industries, and Emily Clay, loss prevention manager-merchandising at Home Depot, will participate in a panel discussion on "Flexible Packaging Value & Trends in Mass Merchandising." The panel will be moderated by PW editor Pat Reynolds. The conference will include two full days of three simultaneous but separate program tracks. Paper, film, foil, and combinations of the materials will be involved. The event will also offer a flexible packaging supplier exhibit, keynote speakers, and networking receptions.

For those registering before Feb. 28, the advance member registration cost is $695; $895 for nonmember registration. After that date, fees increase by $100 for both members and nonmembers. For more information, contact Rick Wagner, conference chair, at 409/882-6156, or visit www.flexpackcon.com.

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