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Register today for RPA's 2018 Annual Conference & Showcase, taking place March 5-7, 2018 at the beautiful Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans! 

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RPA Training Manual - Updated in 2017!

RPA is pleased to unveil its newly updated 2017 Training Manual. The RPA training manual was first published in 2001 and is a valuable training asset for new and experienced retail packaging professionals. You can access the updated 2017 RPA Training Manual here and special thanks to all the retail packaging professionals who offered their expertise and insights for this project. 

Content includes:RPA Training Manual Cover

Bag Styles
Adhesive Labels
Ribbons & Bows
Custom Printed Packaging
Printing Methods
Art Preparation
Glossary of Terms


Nominate Someone Today for RPA's Lifetime Achievement Award 

RPA's Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to a RPA member who has dedicated his or her life’s profession to the advancement of the retail packaging industry. Nominations are now being accepted and the recipient will be announced during RPA's 29th Annual Conference & Showcase in New Orleans!


Who Won RPA's 2017 Awards?

On Saturday, February 18 at the Mirage Las Vegas, RPA hosted the grand reveal of 2017's award entries, including Distributor of the Year, Supplier of the Year, New Product of the Year, and the recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Want to see who won? Check out RPA's Awards page.

Monday Economic Report

RPA is pleased to announce that the organization is now a member of NAM, the National Association of Manufacturers. NAM is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Here is access to NAM’s weekly Economic Report, as well as the latest Global Manufacturing Update so you can stay on top of industry trends and global marketplace developments. We hope that you find this weekly information useful.

NAM Econ Report 12.11.2017

Global Manufacturing Econ Report November


 Renew your Company's 2018 RPA Dues Today!

Please click the EZ-Renew button below to renew your annual RPA dues and continue to receive benefits and services all year long. If you have any questions, please contact the RPA Office at 410-940-6459.

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Member News


Seaman Paper Company of Massachusetts, Inc. Wins 2017 AF&PA Sustainability Award for Safety

Recognized for Raising the Reels for Safety Project

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognized Seaman Paper Company of Massachusetss, Inc. with a 2017 AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Award for Safety for their Raising the Reels for Safety project. The award was presented at AF&PA’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 3 in Greensboro, Georgia.


New PWS Expansion in Tennessee

PWS, Your Bag and Packaging Source, announces significant capacity expansion to better serve East Coast and Midwest customers by officially opening up their new production and shipping facility in Portland, Tennessee on January 1, 2017. This expansion will allow PWS to take on new customers at both of their locations in California and Tennessee. Both new and existing customers will benefit from faster shipping times and lower freight costs on orders that can now ship from their new Tennessee facility.


Merger Announced for Max Pack and Carolina Retail Packaging

John Gialamas, President of Max Pack, and Dennis Egan, President of Carolina Retail Packaging, are pleased to announce that the two companies have merged. We are excited to expand the collective talents and abilities of both companies. The combined entity will now have distribution points in Cleveland, OH, Lexington, SC, Memphis, TN and San Francisco, CA. We appreciate the support of our partners in the industry and look forward to growth and continued success in the service of our customers’ packaging needs.

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Upcoming Events

 December 2017 
March 5-7, 2018

RPA's 2018 Annual Conference & Showcase

Riverside Hilton New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

March 11-14, 2018

University of Innovative Distribution

JW Marriott Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

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