A number of high profile speakers have been lined up for this year’s Packaging Innovations learnShops seminar in Birmingham, packagingeurope.com reports.

Taking place at the city’s NEC arena on 26 and 27 February, the event will see professionals from within the packing industry get together and knowledge-share in what has been dubbed an opportunity for them to “reveal [their]¬†secrets”.

Among those lined up to speak at the event are representatives from DHL Supply Chain, Marks and Spencer, Iceland Food, Procter & Gamble, Wilkinson,¬†Tesco and Asda. These delegates will then take part in the free-to-access ‘learnShops’, to offer trade insights and industry forecasts. Guests will also be able to benefit from real-world examples from the guest speakers in the hope of offering a much more qualitative insight than theory alone.

One such talk will be given by head of packaging services at DHL Supply Chain, Paul Young, who is to gaze into his crystal ball in the hope of discovering what the next few decades have in store for the industry. His seminar, ‘Packaging in 2050: A scenario study’, will look at the technological, social, environmental, trade and consumption trends to forecast just what the industry would look like in 36 years.

The representative from Marks and Spencer, meanwhile, is set to take a much softer approach to the market, packagingnews.co.uk notes. Its packaging technologist, Kevin Vyse, will focus on ‘The Imperative of Doing the Right Thing: A business philosophy’.


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