Online packaging leadership course

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), a member of WPO from USA, is offering a new online packaging leadership course through its Packaging Learning Center through a partnership agreement with Fastraqq Corp., an educational management consultancy.

Packaging360Leadership will become the latest offering in IoPP’s expanding suite of online packaging education courses, joining IoPP’s Fundamentals of Packaging Technology course at training programs recognize the value of packaging professionals’ time. The courses are designed so people can select only the content they need and then complete the lessons whenever and wherever it’s convenient for them, from the convenience of their computer screen. The new course will be available for download in six prerecorded modules, each approximately 90 minutes in length. The modules are:

  • Mastering Packaging Convergence
  • Mastering Supply Chains
  • Mastering Your Customer’s World
  • Mastering Your Internal Value Chain
  • Mastering Sustainability
  • Transforming Your Packaging in 360 Days—A Structured Approach

Participants may purchase either the entire course or the first five modules individually. The sixth module, “Transform Your Packaging in 360 Days,” applies all the principles learned in the first five modules. It will be sold only when purchasing the complete course.

Certificates of Completion will be available upon completing either individual modules or the entire course, and also passing an exam. The course also will award points toward a Certified Packaging Professional designation. The discussions are lead by Dan Balan, global leader in supply chain innovation and a published author who has advised global companies such as PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, Tropicana, Motorola, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. and Pregis. As no extra charge, Balan will hold a twice-monthly online “packaging excellence hour,” when he will lead live discussions about the Packaging360Leadership course content. These discussions will be available only to participants who have completed the entire course. More details on Packaging360Leadership visit

Student creative workshop in Croatia

CropakThe Student creative workshop Cropak 2013, organized by Institute of Packaging and Graphic Arts Tectus, a WPO member, is a project currently underway, which will culminate, in May, at the Vetropack Straža glass factory d.d. Hum na Sutli where the best student work will be announced. This year’s workshop will gather over 80 students from four higher educational institutions from Croatia and one from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The topic of this year’s workshop is redesigning labels and glass bottles for Vitinka mineral water from Vitinka A.D. Kozluk, a BiH company, which is one of the biggest and most important producers of mineral and spring water, juices and refreshment drinks in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The winning work will be nominated for WorldStar Student Award, from WPO.