May 27, 2021

New RPA Executive Director Announced

A Letter from Your Executive Director

Molly Mullins Primary Headshot  

I have had the honor to serve as RPA’s Executive Director since February 2016. Since that time, the association has undergone a lot of changes, but one thing has remained the same – the deep commitment this membership feels for the retail packaging industry it serves. During these past five years, I have grown to love this industry as well, and the people who are a part of it. Few times in my career have worked with a more dedicated or professional group of individuals who truly believe in the core mission of RPA – bringing the retail packaging community together for the betterment of the industry.

Click here to read the full letter.

RPA Industry Awards Announced at
Annual Conference & Showcase

During RPA's 31st Virtual Conference & Showcase on April 29, 2021, RPA presented awards showcasing excellence in the industry. Congratulations to Distributor of the Year Don Hedrick Packaging, LLC; Supplier of the Year PWS; and New Product of the Year Vela Bags produced by Seaman Paper.

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with Our Instagram Show

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Industry News

Packaging World on Marketplace: How COVID-19 Might Change Packaging for Good

Packaging World Editor Matt Reynolds talked packaging with Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal earlier this week on how COVID-19 may change the packaging world. Read the full interview here.


15 Sustainable Packaging
Innovations to Watch

Sustainable packaging innovations just keep coming, with new technologies and introductions that follow a number of global trends. Read the full list of sustainable packaging innovations here.

Showcase Your Company and
Products Year-Round

RPA is pleased to offer advertising opportunities for our members. Multiple options are available for any budget and frequency.
  • RPA News: Our bi-monthly e-newsletter, The Power of Packaging, is distributed to all RPA member companies and contacts, targeting more than 400 retail packaging professionals.
  • Scrolling Logos: Become an RPA Partner and your logo will be visible on every page of RPA’s website.
  • Product Showcase: Showcase your company and products on RPA’s home page in an advertisement linked to your website.
  • Social Media: Advertise in a paid social media campaign reaching RPA members and beyond. Provide us with your ad copy to help achieve your business goals.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to increase your company’s exposure in the retail industry and beyond. Review RPA’s new advertising flyer for more details and secure your advertising space today!

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact Cathy Vick, Sales Development Manager, at or 410-940-6459.

Member News

Vanguard Packaging Announces Gold and Bronze Wins in the 2021 Shop! Outstanding Merchandising Achievement (OMA)
Awards Competition

Vanguard Packaging, founded in 1975, a leading designer and manufacturer of value-added point-of-purchase displays is pleased to announce the winning of two coveted Shop! OMA Awards. The Shop! Outstanding Merchandising Achievement (OMA) Awards program, now in its 63rd year, is the Marketing at Retail Industry’s most prestigious, largest, and longest-running awards contest. It recognizes and honors excellent displays that set the merchandising and design precedents of today to become the standards of tomorrow. See the full list of winners here.

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