ADVOCATE RESEARCH AND VALUE DELIVERY PROGRAM
ISTA Advocate Program Researchers are in the Field and Solicitation of Interested Parties to Join the Advocate Council Continues
The ISTA Advocate Research & Value Delivery Program has been active conducting research and adding new members. With the recent addition of Amazon and Pratt Industries as Leader members the Program's 23 Advocates have pledged $1,750,000 in support of the Program's goal:“To conduct research and data collection that improves testing and design methodologies to keep pace with the rapidly evolving global supply chain and enhance the knowledge of existing channels.”
In addition, they are participating in the belief it will advance the goals of their enterprise. We have also received numerous endorsements acknowledging that the research generated by the Advocate Program will serve to minimize the risk of product damage while lowering waste, cost and the environmental footprint of packaging.
On the Research front projects have been completed and reports have been distributed to Council members of the transport modes, storage, and handling methods involved in the distribution of CPGs, including “last segments”, in China and India. We are in the field with our eCommerce project whose goal is to Map packaged-product handling within e-retailer's distribution systems to determine similarities and where hazards exist. We have received and are evaluating proposals for the Ideation phase of our Eliminate Over-Packaging project and are in final RFP development for our Unit Load Stability project. For additional details see the list below.
of Transit Damage Figures
and Multi-Axis Simulation of Unit Load Stability Transportation Hazards
Test Protocol to predict package performance in e-Commerce Retailer
and Consolidator Shipping Systems
Environment Data Collection – Phase 1
The benefits of being an Advocate member
company are numerous:
Research findings will begin coming in this
fall, but, it’s not too late to get involved. Multi-year pledges
made with payments starting as late as the first quarter of 2017 are
currently being accepted at the following levels of participation:
Membership rules are changing: For planning purposes please be aware that at their March meeting the ISTA Global Board of Directors took action to remove the Partner ($50,000) and Sustainer ($25,000) levels from the Program effective with pledges received after 9/30/16. This was done to protect the investment of the existing Advocates once the useable information begins being disclosed in the 4th quarter of this year. If companies have been waiting to become an Advocate at these levels now is the time. Participation begins with a signed pledge (can be up to five years) and the initial payment can be delayed until the first quarter of 2017.
Current members of the Advocate Council
represent all areas of ISTA membership and include:
For more information, copies of the Program prospectus, or to set up an appointment for a presentation, please contact Dwight Schmidt, ISTA Advocate Program Manager at 317-753-1437, firstname.lastname@example.org or A.J. Gruber, ISTA President at 517-333-3437, ext. 212, email@example.com.