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Speakers sought for new industry conference

Contract Packaging magazine announces the launch of the conference “CP 07: Succeeding With Contract Packaging.” The conference will be Sept. 10-12, 2007, at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare hotel, and it has the endorsement and support of the Contract Packaging Association.

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In order to make this a must-attend event for both buyers and suppliers of contract packaging services, we are seeking speakers for the conference. Packaging professionals who can address issues concerning the qualification and selection of contract packagers, best practices, and industry growth are encouraged to contact Contract Packaging Editor Jim George at 630/897-7158 to discuss speaker opportunities. Possible topics might include these:
* Improved methods of responding to specific retail channel needs.
* The role of contract packaging in the sustainability movement.
* What purchasing managers need to know about packaging in order to get the best value rather than simply the lowest price.
* Trends and opportunities in the industry resulting from the supply chain’s continuing convergence.
* A panel discussion of best practices for getting the most out of contracting packaging.
* The benefits of placing co-packing facilities right in a consumer packaged goods company’s manufacturing plant or distribution center.
* Identifying packaging’s role in the converging business strategies of merging product manufacturers and integrating contract packaging into the mix.
* Customizing a co-packing strategy to meet the different manufacturing dynamics of large- and small-volume product manufacturers.
* What product manufacturers wish contract packagers could do for them, but don’t.
* An update on regulatory and certification issues affecting the industry.
Speakers should come primarily from the consumer packaged goods sector. Some contract packagers and consultants will be considered—provided their presentation focuses on general trends and best practices as opposed to sales of their own products and services. Contract packagers will be asked to co-present with one of their customers.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. To learn more, call Contract Packaging Publisher Joe Angel at 312/222-1010, ext. 114.

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