Tony Schleich, President, American Packaging Division, Lawrence Paper Company
with support of Mark Mathes, CEO, Vanguard Packaging
When: (Tuesday-Thursday) July 18-20, 2017 | Bentonville, Arkansas
Open to AICC ELs only
Spouses/ Guest: $200*
Attendees will see the unique marketing of Bentonville, the small hometown of the world's largest corporation. Participants will visit the Walmart Distribution Center, followed by a discussion of the requirements needed to service the retailer. Throughout the event attendees will hear from industry experts, current and former Walmart employees, on transitioning RSC's to shelf ready packaging and the direction of the industry.
Due to tour constraints registration is limited to the first 40.
*Spouse/ SO Fee pays for attendance for your spouse or significant other at the opening reception and evening networking event. It is not for those in the industry.
Ron Sasine will share some of his experiences as Senior Director of Packaging at Walmart from 2009-2015, where he led all private brand packaging programs and directed packaging sustainability efforts. Walmart’s corrugated packaging usage accounts for a significant volume of all corrugated packaging manufactured or marketed in the United States, whether for free-standing display units, industrial shippers, or retail-ready packaging. Ron will share his observations on the direction of the packaging industry, the impact of changes in retailers’ requirements and strategies, and the emerging demands of e-commerce. Ron will offer personal insights gathered from his 25+ years in the corrugated packaging and retail industries.
Ron Sasine is the Principal of Hudson Windsor, a boutique consultancy focused on packaging strategy, packaging innovation, and supply-chain transparency. The firm draws on extensive experience in consumer packaged goods and retail merchandising and works with a wide range of packaging manufacturers, private-equity investors, and independent packaging companies. In addition, Ron is frequently sought out by industry groups to share his insights at conferences and seminars addressing packaging innovation and the retail industry.
Prior to founding the firm, Ron served as Senior Director of Packaging for Walmart from 2009 to 2015, where he was responsible for packaging design, execution and sourcing for the company’s largest global brands. He created a new visual look for over 7,000 individual retail items, bringing a national brand design standard to the Great Value, Spring Valley, Equate Beauty and Parents’ Choice brands. He also created first-of-its-kind supply chain visibility for the global packaging market, working with Walmart’s more than 5,000 packaging providers. He led Walmart’s sustainable packaging initiative, achieving a 9.4% global reduction in greenhouse gas impact.
Before joining Walmart, Ron was a marketing and manufacturing executive with MeadWestvaco (now WestRock). He directed international sales integration, business development and design, and he served seven years as an expatriate leading M&A and marketing for MeadWestvaco’s packaging operations in Brazil and Latin America.
Ron is a graduate of the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and Brigham Young University. In addition, he served as an adjunct professor at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He is a frequent commentator on the packaging industry and has been published and quoted in The New York Times, CNBC, Forbes.com, and USAToday.
5:30pm Opening Reception
Dinner on your own.
Free breakfast is offered by the hotel
8:15 am Load Bus
9:00 Walmart DC Tour
12:00 pm Lunch
2:00 Delilah Gonzalez, Walmart
5:30 Dinner, laser tag and bumper cars at Fast Lanes
Free breakfast is offered by the hotel
8:30 am- 9:30 Chet Rutledge, Director of Marketing for Retail Ready Packaging, Vanguard Packaging, transitioning RSC's to shelf ready packaging
9:30- 10:30 Ron Sasine, Principal, Hudson Windsor, the direction of the industry
10:30- 11:30 Your Questions Answered
11:30- 12:00pm The Coolest Thing You Saw
*Rate is only valid on meeting dates.