Agenda


2018 Agenda is below; 2019 agenda to be posted soon!

Monday, November 5, 2018
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Optional Golf Tournament for Attendees & Sponsors

12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Conference Registration

4:30 PM - 4:40 PM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

4:40 PM - 5:15 PM

Keynote

Keynote: State of the Industry, Trends & New Developments

Speaker:  Conference Co-Chair, Marco Boer, Vice President, IT Strategies, Inc.

Description:  A look at market trends, run size trending, brand owner preferences, dynamics and impacts.

5:15 PM - 6:00 PM

Keynote Panel

Keynote Panel:  Looking back and forward at rapid innovation in the digital package printing equipment business

Moderator:   Conference Co-Chair, Kevin Karstedt, CEO, Karstedt Partners

Panelists will include key customers from our Keynote Sponsors along with some advice from our keynote executives. 

  • Domino Digital Printing North America
  • HP
  • Xeikon

Description:  The level of enthusiasm for package printing, both flexo, offset, and digital printing, seems to be at an all time high.  Reinvestment in hardware is the strongest we've seen in a decade.  Some of this may be due to marketing communication channel fragmentation, with packaging offering the last stance in convincing a consumer to buy - "the moment of truth".  With us this evening to discuss some of these trends are three esteemed representatives of three of the leaders in digital package printing equipment manufacturing and three of their end user customers.

6:10 PM - 6:50 PM

General Session: What do the numbers say? Numbers & Trends

General Session:  What do the numbers say? Numbers & Trends

Speaker:   Bob Leahey, Director, InfoTrends, Division of Keypoint Intelligence

Description:  To ground us in the opportunity for digital printing of packaging, Bob Leahey will provide a forecast for units and volume of digitally printed packaging.  He'll support the growth assumptions with end user research insights.

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Reception

Digital Packaging Summit Welcome Reception & Dinner

Description:  A networking dinner for all attendees designed to foster interaction among executives and build relationships with potential clients and customers.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Keynote: You have 8 Seconds - Why now is the best time for innovative packaging.

Keynote: You have 8 Seconds - Why now is the best time for innovative packaging.

Speaker: Vicki Strull, Design Strategist & Brand Visionary

Description:  We all know packaging has become one of the most distinctive ways to differentiate brands. But did you know that digital printing capabilities are revolutionizing the way consumers interact with brands? Vicki Strull knows. As one of the nation's leaders in design thinking, digital print and packaging innovation, Vicki will show you how to attract and engage designers, marketers and brand owners in new and exciting ways. From truly distinctive design and eye-popping finishing expertise to amazing customization and cost-saving efficiencies, Vicki will reveal how digital print and packaging is building brands like never before. A business development must-see for packaging converters, printers, OEMs and marketers looking to leverage digital investments.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Keynote: Brand Owner/Retailer Panel

Keynote Brand Owner Panel:  Thousands of Small/Regional and Startup Brands‚ĶThousands of customers!

Moderator: Kevin Karstedt, CEO, Karstedt Partners

Panelists: Rochester Midland, WinterLife Cannabis, Sola Company

Description: At this years Digital Packaging Summit we are bringing four stellar examples of small to medium sized brands to the stage to gain insights on how digital packaging can address their specific unmet needs and can help to grow both their businesses and the businesses of their packaging suppliers. There are many thousands of companies all over the country producing products that need every form of packaging and displays looking to compete with larger brands. These brands are looking for suppliers that can offer them a competitive edge that include project management, graphic design, packaging design and short run packaging, all things digitally capable packaging converters are uniquely positioned to offer. Learn firsthand from some of these companies what they are looking for and how these growing brands can be discovered and served.

9:55 AM - 10:50 AM

Case Study Presentations

Case Study Presentations

Description: 25 minute case study sessions. Solution providers and their end user customers discuss challenges faced, strategy, implementation, outcome, and the future.

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

General Session: Substrates, inks, and finishing Innovations in Digital Printing Equipment that are pushing the industry forward

General Session: Substrates, inks, and finishing Innovations in Digital Printing Equipment that are pushing the industry forward

Speaker:  Marco Boer, Vice President, IT Strategies, Inc.

Description: Expanding ranges of substrate and ink formulations plus innovations in ancillary equipment and processes are bringing value to digital printing of packaging in ways not possible previously. Hear about advances in substrates, inks, direct-to-shape printing, and finishing - including embellishment, foiling, varnish, cutting, etc.

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Case Study Presentations

Case Study Presentations

Description: 25 minute case study sessions. Solution providers and their end user customers discuss challenges faced, strategy, implementation, outcome, and the future.

3:15 PM - 6:35 PM

Meeting Zone

Meeting Zone

Attendees and sponsors conduct 1:1 meetings

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Dinner & Casino Night

Networking Reception, Dinner, &  Casino Night

Description:  A cocktail networking reception, dinner, and Casino Night designed to allow informal meetings over cocktails and build relationships with other executive attendees, potential clients and customers.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

General Session End User Panel

General Session: Real Life User Experiences: From your Peers in the trenches

Moderator:  Kevin Karstedt, CEO, Karstedt Partners

Panelists: Will be your peers and digital leaders in Corrugated and Display, Labels and Folding Carton

Description: This session has been well received in years past and is brought back by popular demand. Here what your peers have to say about their digital integration efforts and gain insights to how your efforts can be done.

9:10 AM - 11:10 AM

Case Study Presentations

Case Study Presentations

Description: 25 minute case study sessions. Solution providers and their end user customers discuss challenges faced, strategy, implementation, outcome, and the future.

11:20 AM - 12:20 PM

Networking Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:25 PM

Breakout Session

Breakout Session:  A Deep Dive on Labels

Speaker:   Conference Co-Chair Marco Boer, Vice President, IT Strategies & Bob Leahey, Director, InfoTrends, Division of Keypoint Intelligence

Description:  Today's market for digitally printed labels has been in existence for over 10 years.   We are past early adopters and theoretically are heading into the mainstream, but are we really going into the mainstream in a market where less than 5% of label volume is printed digitally?   What will it for converters to continue to grow the digital label printing business?

12:30 PM - 1:25 PM

Breakout Session

Breakout Session:  A Deep Dive on Folding Cartons

Speaker:   Kevin Karstedt, CEO, Karstedt Partners

Description:  Today's market for digitally printed folding carton has been 10 years in the making and is now poised to ascend the handle of the hockey stick. What can we can we expect to see for both digital and analog printing of folding cartons from 2017 to 2020?

12:30 PM - 1:25 PM

Breakout Session

Breakout  Session:  A Deep Dive on Corrugated

Speaker:    Jeff Wettersten, President, Karstedt Partners LLC

1:40 PM - 2:10 PM

General Session Panel

General Session: Trends Driving Digital Packaging Investments

Speakers:  Nathan Safran, Director of Research, NAPCO Media & Cory Francer, Editor-in-Chief, packagePRINTING

Description:  According to a recent packagePRINTING/NAPCO Research survey of packaging printers and converters, over half (55%) invested in digital printing devices in the last year. This group is highly interested in digital packaging printing as customer demand for higher numbers of stock keeping units (SKU) and shorter runs are accelerating. In this presentation, Nathan Safran, Director of NAPCO Research, and Cory Francer, Editor-in-Chief of packagePRINTING, will present a combination of key market trends and survey research to highlight the challenges and opportunities influencing packaging technology investments.

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

General Session

General Session: What have we heard these past two days and where is the industry going?

Speakers:  Conference Co-Chairs Marco Boer & Kevin Karstedt

3:15 PM - 6:15 PM

Meeting Zone

Meeting Zone

Attendees and sponsors conduct 1:1 meetings

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Cocktail Reception

Cocktail Reception

Description:  The final cocktail networking reception designed to foster interaction and build relationships with other executive attendees, potential clients and customers.

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Awards Dinner Celebration & Entertainment

Awards Dinner Celebration & Entertainment

Description:  Dinner followed by entertainment and an Digital Packaging Summit awards reception.