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Reston, Va.; December 6th 2013 — The Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence (AIOE) is pleased to announce a partnership with Ecodesk, a cloud based platform for enhancing global supply chain sustainability. According to AIOE Managing Director Stephen C. Schlegel, the partnership agreement, will give AIOE members a better way to communicate their sustainability efforts to customers and will give customers enhanced oversight over their supply chains.

“The partnership will promote supply chain sustainability and operational best practice to some of the world’s leading manufacturing brands and businesses,” said Schlegel. “With this partnership, we will see some of the leading manufacturing brands in the US following in the footsteps of existing Ecodesk users GSK, MGM Resorts and CA Technologies and embracing open data sustainability reporting.”

“We are looking forward to working with AIOE to help develop best practice in the area of sustainable supply, whilst at the same time offering AIOE members the means to measure and manage their own supply chains,” said Dr Nick Murry, Ecodesk’s chief sustainability officer and AIOE partnership manager. “With Ecodesk’s support, many organizations are already deriving real value from an improved understanding of their supplier base, using a single, effective, affordable platform.”

PMMI founded AIOE in 2011 to create a forum where original equipment manufacturers and other suppliers and CPGs could collaborate to develop supply chain best practices. AIOE’s more than 100 members include ConAgra, Del Monte, PepsiCo, Smithfield Foods, Sunny Delight, Snyder’s Lance, and Land O’Lakes. Its mission is to improve the performance of CPG manufacturers and their suppliers by developing non-proprietary solutions to common production operations challenges.

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is a trade association representing over 600 packaging and processing supply chain companies that provide a full range of packaging and processing machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through programs and events such as The PACK EXPO family of trade shows, packexpo.com, PMT Magazine, PACK EXPO Show Daily, networking events and educational programs.

PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International and presented jointly with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE); PACK EXPO Las Vegas, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. Coming Up: EXPO PACK México 2014, June 17-20 (Mexico City, Mexico); PACK EXPO International 2014, Nov. 2-5 (McCormick Place, Chicago); Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International 2014; PACK EXPO East, debuting Feb. 2–4, 2015 (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia); EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2015, March 18-20, 2015 (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico).

Learn more about PMMI and the PACK EXPO trade shows at PMMI.org and Packexpo.com.

About AIOE
The Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence (AIOE) was founded by PMMI in 2011 to facilitate the development of solutions to common operational challenges through the collaboration of the manufacturing and engineering professionals in consumer products companies and their suppliers.

About Ecodesk
Ecodesk is the world’s leading user-managed sustainability database and communication platform. Ecodesk enables organizations to improve the management and performance of their supply chains through the aggregation of environmental, social and governance metrics presented via highly readable and customisable screen views and scorecards. Its unique approach of free data entry encourages co-operation and data input at all levels within the supply chain and ensures a complete and comprehensive database. For more information, visit www.ecodesk.com

January 13th, 2014

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