The packaging industry offers a world of opportunity for the purchasing and supply professional. This enormous industry - in the consumer packaging industry alone, U.S. beverage containers are expected to top 217 billion units by 2003, according to the industrial market research firm The Freedonia Group, Inc. - is very customer focused and driven by technology to improve value to its customers. Purchasing and supply professionals are eager to explore new avenues in terms of purchasing packaging, as it can affect an organization's overall image, safety record, product quality, environmental consciousness, and cost competitiveness. To maximize success, purchasing and supply professionals need to investigate new technologies, new buying strategies, and new types of relationships within the packaging industry.
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