Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been a rocky year for CPG packaging conferences—and any other on-site events for that matter. How the packing industry networks and stays informed has changed this year, but there are still plenty of opportunities.
Here is a list of upcoming conferences worldwide, many of which you can attend virtually.
CPG Packaging Conferences Fourth Quarter 2020
Automotive Packaging Summit
In the U.S., Cosmoprof, which is typically held in Las Vegas, in the fall, has been moved to the summer of 2021. That’s disappointing news for CPG packaging teams, but the Automotive Packaging Summit is on for October 8 as a virtual event.
As we write this, registration for the virtual event hasn’t opened. But tickets sold out the past three years and the conference, which is geared for OEMs to discuss packaging innovations, has been growing. Typically, this conference sees attendees from all over the world, including CPG packaging teams from the U.S.
Digital Print for Packaging US
Shortly after the Automotive Packaging Summit, the Digital Print for Packaging US conference launches on October 12-14. This event has gone online, and it looks to be a great show this year. The conference will offer some of the same networking and industry talks the show has been known for over the past few years.
Given that digital printing is so hot in the CPG packaging space, it’s likely brand owners, vendors, and design experts from some of the biggest names in the world will attend. Some of the speakers are from some of the biggest enterprise organizations in the nation, from The Clorox Company, Kodak, Conagra Brand, Campbells, P&G, Georgia-Pacific, Coca-Cola, KraftHeinz, and many more.
The SmartPack US conference on October 26th was scheduled for Chicago; they’ve also converted to an online format. This is an excellent conference for CPG packaging teams interested in innovations in intelligent packaging. It’s a forward-thinking event with major players in the industry and key packaging influencers discussing some of the changes we will see in the future. The conference has four key areas of focus this year:
- Smart packaging in an era of food sustainability
- The role of technology in e-commerce packaging
- Future technologies and materials
- Overcoming challenges and harnessing opportunities in smart packaging and supply chain
For industry leaders in the area of CPG packaging innovation, this conference is one you won’t want to miss.
SmartPack US is followed by a virtual conference on October 27 and 28 called E-Pack US. This specialized conference for e-commerce packaging experts has a great line-up that will interest everyone from retailers and brand owners to equipment and software suppliers.
The conference will cover current and upcoming trends in e-commerce packaging, and some of the changes we’re sure to see in the booming e-commerce landscape. Given that so many organizations have increased their e-commerce presence, CPG packaging experts should be highly interested in attending this event.
There are also a number of shows overseas through the remainder of the year. Many of these have also reorganized as virtual conferences. Click here to see a list.
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