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E-PACK Europe heads to Austria to discuss growing e-commerce packaging sector

Leading packaging executives will gather in Austria next month to discuss best practices and operational challenges in the rapidly growing e-commerce packaging sector at E-PACK Europe, taking place on September 5-6 in Vienna.

The event, which is being run by packaging expert Smithers, will provide a platform for experts to discuss everything from functional packaging design and protection; innovative, sustainable and cost-effective solutions; new business opportunities, and advancements in materials and technology.

The key themes for the 2023 event include automation, fulfilment, reusable packaging and regulations.

It will feature +20 industry leading speakers, five information sessions, 7.5 hours of networking and an interactive site visit. For the latter, attendees will be given the opportunity to visit Austrian Post’s logistics center in Vienna to see how parcels are processed and packaged.

Agenda highlights

The event will also include case studies from leading brands, retailers and logistics firms. Highlights on day one (September 5) include Marcin Pfeifer, Head of Solution Design, Central Europe at GXO Logistics discussing how automated packing solutions can improve productivity, cut costs, reduce environmental impact and enhance end-consumer satisfaction (11:55am), and Karla Tankersley, Lead Director of Business Solutions at Ralph Lauren looking at packaging’s big role in e-commerce (11:30am).

Other topics covered on day one include right-sized packaging, future trends in sustainable e-commerce packaging, circular designs, and consumer expectations.

Meanwhile, on day two (September 6), experts will discuss recycling and regulations, the future of packaging, and the role data can play in e-commerce packaging. Thomas Fugl, co-founder of RE-ZIP, is speaking on the future of circular packaging. Doris Diebold, CEO of Hey circle, will ask whether reusable packaging is really that hard to handle? Hey circle is currently working with DPD Germany to test reusable shipping packaging together with German clothing manufacturer TRIGEMA.

Why attend?

According to E-PACK Europe, the overall market for e-commerce packaging is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years, with a projected value of US$98.2 billion by 2025.

The rapidly evolving nature of e-commerce as a sales and delivery channel is making it one of the most attractive areas of the global packaging industry, with all stakeholders, from brands and retailers to converters and suppliers, positioning themselves to take advantage of this.

E-PACK Europe will take place at the Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen in Vienna, Austria on September 5-6.

SourceE-PACK Europe, CEP-Research

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