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Agenda

Registration and welcome refreshments
SESSION 1: MARKET TRENDS
From the City of Vienna’s perspective: challenging the e-commerce sector to embrace producer responsibility, reusable packaging and return logistics
Key insights from Mondi’s annual e-commerce trend report – implications for the entire supply chain
  • Objectives, methodology, highlights
  • Potential customer feedback/customer case studies backed up by report findings
  • What trends have we seen in the eCommerce sector during 2024, and how are they supported by the report’s insights and predictions?

Sebastian Frank | Sales Director Europe, Mondi Group
The Single Use Plastics Project, a case study. How competitors cooperate in the outdoors sector to advance sustainability in e-commerce
Misinformation dominates the discussion around single use plastic packaging. It often causes good organisations to make bad decisions. The Single Use Plastics Project and the work at the European Outdoor Group provides a case study of how industry competitors can work together to develop better packaging strategies and engender confidence from end users.
Scott Nelson | Operations Director, European Outdoor Group (EOG)
Networking break
SESSION 2: REGULATION & SUSTAINABILITY
A survivor’s guide to the Packaging & Packaging Waste Regulation – implications for the e-commerce supply chain
  • Brief history of the PPWR…and PPWD. Why did it need to be updated?
  • What packaging items are in scope?
  • What are the headwinds and opportunities for e-commerce packaging innovators?
  • Timeline…and next steps

Mike Turner | Managing Director, European Carton Makers Association (ECMA)
How EPR schemes help companies to realise their circular commitments & ambitions
  • Overview of the EPR landscape for packaging in Europe: main similarities & differences in terms of organization, financing, activities & services
  • Activities, functioning and results in terms of recycling and efficiency regarding on e-commerce packaging
  • EPR responsibilities & obligations for e-commerce packaging
  • Helping companies to lower the impact of their packaging and to reach their targets: both operational and financial
  • PPWR: challenges and opportunities for e-commerce packaging sector

Lieven Capon | Program Manager Sustainable Packaging, Fost Plus
Fireside chat: Amazon’s Ships in Product Packaging (SIPP) programme
Helping selling partners drive towards their sustainability goals, enhance customer satisfaction, and maximise efficiencies.
Speaker to be confirmed
Networking lunch
SESSION 3: KPIs, LCA AND REUSE
e-Commerce packaging sustainability – fit for 2030
  • How to assess the sustainability of e-commerce packaging?
  • PPWR requirements and sustainability
  • Sustainability KPIs – carbon footprint and beyond
  • Paper vs plastics and single use vs. reusable packaging

Dr. Manfred Tacker | Founder and CEO, Circular Analytics TK GmbH
The neglected “R” for Reuse in online retail
This presentation will focus on the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – the three pillars of sustainability. The neglected "Reuse" is key to implementing circular economy in online retail.
Together with universities and opinion research institutes Austrian Post ran studies and asked ques-tions including:
  • Will consumers support these products?
  • How important is the appearance of the packaging?
  • What significant impact could LCAs have?
In 2023, the Austrian Post introduced the reusable packaging POSTLOOP, attracting international attention. What’s the status quo of this innovation?
Rasmus Raubaum | Innovation Manager, Austrian Post AG
Reusable packing – the future of e-commerce
Reusable packaging is the ‘talk of the town’ and a not least a huge part of EU parliament PPWD to reduce packaging waste. To meet the PPWD e-commerce reuse goals of 40% in 2030 and 70% in 2040 we will, amongst other things, need:
  • international cross border infrastructure,
  • reusable packaging reducing footprint at the very first reuse,
  • standardised data and reporting requirements,
  • improved cooperation between producers, logistics, e-commerce and reusable packaging operators

Thomas Fugl | Chief Commercial Officer, RE-ZIP
Networking break
SESSION 4: MATERIALS & PACKAGING INNOVATION
Which right size packaging is right for you?
E-commerce is the biggest driver of right-sized packaging with the global e-commerce packaging market expected to grow at almost 10% and reach more than $101B by 2027. Beyond e-commerce, right-size packaging is playing an ever-increasing role within the supply chain of a growing number of end markets. During this presentation, we will go over current applications of right size packaging (materials and automation) by end markets and channels and a useful 'how to right size for your business' guideline. We will also discuss what is next for these platforms and how digital packaging and connected automation can further deliver value across operations and supply chain, all the way to consumers.
Maurizio Carano | Marketing Director, WestRock
Food & beverage e-commerce: sustainable insulation packaging made of straw and other agricultural residues
The presentation will highlight innovative alternatives made from agricultural residues and other natural materials, showcasing products like bioplastics, mushroom-based packaging, and straw-based solutions. Key topics include the environmental benefits of these materials (LCA), their applications in various industries, and the technological advancements made in creating eco-friendly packaging.
Dr. Thomas Maier-Eschenlohr | Co-founder & CEO, Landpack
Chair’s closing remarks
Networking drinks reception and end of day one
Registration and welcome refreshments
SESSION 5: MATERIALS & PACKAGING INNOVATION cont.
Sustainability and environmentally friendly e-commerce packaging
Are packaging myths and buzzwords holding you back from making impactful sustainability decisions? Is paper packaging always better than plastic? When does the use of compostable packaging make sense? Does plastic have a role to play in the future of e-commerce packaging?
Brands need sustainability information from sources they can trust. Only then they can make packaging decisions that meet consumer expectations and regulatory requirements.
From working in sustainability academia, to pioneering Amcor’s life cycle assessment tool, Gerald shares his expertise on how to back up theory with action; and create sustainable change that benefits business and builds trust with consumers, while committing to a sustainable future.
Dr Gerald Rebitzer | Sustainability Director, Amcor
Material & design choices in e-commerce – is there already a clear winner?
Europe might be on the forefront when it comes to sustainable packaging and upcoming initiatives are supporting this. But in terms of e-commerce market size Europe has still big up-catching potential. The presentation will explore the geographical differences in terms of packaging and supply chain organisation between Europe and the situation in North America, China and other Asian countries. Key questions are if key success factors for the individual packaging materials can be identified, and if any concept has been able to become a winning solution.
Christoph Euringer | Principal, AFRY Management Consulting
Evolution of e-commerce packaging: unpacking the future of paper mailers
Explore the next generation of e-commerce packaging through forward-thinking approaches to paper mailer design and composition. Gain insights into the strategic transition from traditional boxes to paper mailers and learn how to optimize paper mailers for enhanced efficiency, sustainability and consumer brand experience. Delve into the components shaping this evolution, from water-based barrier coatings to innovative tapes.
Tania Montesi | E-Commerce Packaging Business Manager, H.B. Fuller
Networking break
SESSION 6: DIGITAL PRINT FOR E-PACK INNOVATION
Digital printing on corrugated packaging for e-commerce and its impact on carbon emissions
Digital printing is a sustainable option for marking and decorating corrugated packaging. To substantiate and quantify, EFI has partnered with Clean Agency to develop a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) that calculates Global Warming Potential (kg CO2e) for digital printing on corrugated. In addition, a GWP calculator has been developed to enable print job analysis and volume impact comparisons versus other printing technologies. This session, using a panel approach, will discuss the LCA findings, the methodology used, and demonstrate how Brands and Converters can leverage the EFI GWP calculator to immediately quantify Scope 3 emissions reductions from switching to digital print.
Kerry Sanders | VP Market Development, EFI
E-commerce evolution: HP and European partners share strategies for growth
Digitally printed packaging solutions play a crucial role in driving and supporting e-commerce growth for brands. HP's technology portfolio is customer-driven, focusing on meeting the demands and needs of consumers. HP will host a session with 2 of their European partners, Thimm & DJM Vastgoed who will share valuable insight into their respective markets, discussing e-commerce trends, client demands, and their innovative solutions that allow brands to adapt to the evolving ecommerce landscape. This session aims to provide a comprehensive overview to
help businesses succeed and stay relevant in the e-commerce industry.
Joerg-Peter Kober, Manager Strategic Alliances, Specialty Printing & Technology Systems EMEA, Hewlett Packard
Armin Spitzbarth, Director E-Commerce, THIMM
Arwin van Oostveen, Director, DJM Inketjet Solutions
Smart packaging for next gen e-commerce
Speaker to be confirmed
Chair’s closing remarks
Networking lunch and end of conference
E-commerce packaging masterclass – details to be confirmed

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