ISTA Advocate Research & Value Delivery Program Awards Project

Part of the vision at ISTA is to provide the global supply chain with the confidence that they have the best package possible for their supply chain.

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Part of the vision at ISTA is to provide the global supply chain with the confidence that they have the best package possible for their supply chain. With this in mind, one of the primary objectives in the initial formation of ISTA’s Advocate Research & Value Delivery Program (ARVD) was to advance science by conducting research and collecting data that improves testing and design methodologies to keep pace with the rapidly evolving global marketplace. With the awarding of its first research project, "An Evaluation of the Handling, Storage and Shipping Environment of Consumer Packaged Goods in China" the ISTA ARVD has taken its first step in accomplishing this goal.


ISTA is working with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to develop a collaborative research initiative to observe and document the typical transport modes, storage, and handling methods involved in the distribution of CPGs within China.


This project is organized in 3 steps: field observation, previous studies and integrated analysis. The field observation will be carried out studying 11 companies in China, involving 10 consumer goods manufacturers and one carrier. The project involves mapping the supply chain models, transport modes, warehouse and cargo stacking and handling for targeted companies. The previous studies will concentrate on papers and reports related to the transport modes, storage and handling. Finally, results from field observation and previous studies will be integrated into a document including photos, videos, as well as various charts that are of crucial importance. The project will conclude in November.

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