Scott Dyvig

Location

Hoffman Estates, IL, United States

Role

Retailer

Job Title

Engineering Manager, Protective Packaging

Company

Sears Holdings Corp.

Profile

Scott Dyvig is a packaging aficionado with years of experience designing and testing packaging systems for pharmaceutical and retail customers. Currently the Protective Packaging Engineering Manager at Sears Holdings Corp in Hoffman Estates, IL, Scott interacts with engineers and end users to test and approve Kenmore and Craftsman branded packaging. His sustainability work includes EPS reduction projects and the promotion of Sears' PVC-elimination goals.

In previous positions, Scott installed and operated thermal packaging test labs across the country and managed teams of cold chain packaging engineers. In the highly regulated pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, Scott designed and tested hundreds of successful thermal packaging solutions for ISC Labs. He remains active in this field through his work at www.ColdChainInfo.com, an informational website designed to be a comprehensive resource for manufacturers and shippers of temperature-sensitive products.

Scott's current passion is applying sustainable technology to his packaging solutions. He is the founder of the Green Packaging Forum, a specialty group on LinkedIn.com with over 4700 environmentally-conscious members. He also hosts a Green Packaging blog dedicated to exploring topics of sustainability, found at http://www.greenpackagingforum.com.

Scott holds a BSE in Chemical Engineering and an MBA with concentration in Technology Management, and has attained CPP certification from IOPP.


Recent Blog Entries

  • The Straw Man

    Recently I was eating lunch at a McDonalds in Hong Kong (don’t judge, I ate plenty of authentic Chinese and Cantonese food during my trip!) and a sign near the cash register caught my attention. Strategically placed on top of the straw dispenser, it read “Say NO to straws. Save the environment!” Honestly, it stunned me for a minute. Reluctantly, I took a straw, but the bluntness of the message and being forced to acknowledge this issue before making a decision was amazing.

    Posted 2 days ago
  • External Resources for Sustainability Projects

    With the growing popularity of sustainable packaging, a number of new resources have emerged that can greatly increase the chances of project success. In a recent commentary published in Packaging World Magazine (August 2009, page 80), Brian F. Wagner, a Partner at PTIS Global, discussed using external resources for packaging projects. Concerning out-sourcing, he wrote that the use of “consultants, suppliers, universities, and independent research institutes is probably the most common form of leveraging external resources.”

    Posted 2 days ago
  • Quantifying Green Packaging

    Suppose you’re working on a sustainability project for your company and you have some great ideas- right-sizing your master carton to save 5% in corrugate; using 10% post-consumer recycled content in corrugate inserts; or making the switch to unbleached from bleached corrugate. But to get time and resources for the project, you must show the deliverables, the end results, the quantifiable goal, and it must be in terms meaningful to upper management. How can you do this, without conducting hours of research and complex stoichiometric calculations?

    Posted April 27, 2009
  • A Greener Cold Chain, One Box At A Time

    When thinking about sustainable packaging, one of the worst areas is temperature-assurance packaging. It’s not the fault of the major players in the “cold chain” arena, but is just the by-product of a paradigm based around bulky insulation and heavy phase-change materials. Cold chain packaging, generally used to ship temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals or biopharmaceuticals, often consists of EPS or PUR containers with gel packs (basically water-filled PE bags).

    Posted February 19, 2009

Comments

  • Great look

    This packaging has a great combination of good materials and good design. It lets the customer know it is a sustainable pack, but still has style and is attractive.

  • Shoe box

    There have been great comments by all. If recycled content paperboard boxes are a good disposable solution, then the other experts are correct that a reusable system may be the best option for improvement. But I like Dean's suggestion of no take-home packaging. Perhaps shoes be tethered together at the factory, shipped in a plastic-lined reusable gaylord to a regional warehouse, then distributed in reusable tubs to stores where they are displayed and sold. Aside from making dioramas for kids, there aren't many uses for old shoe boxes, I don't think customers will miss them.

  • Reduce Vitreous China packaging materials while still protecting

    Jeff, great question, I’m sure the members hear will be able to help you. In some ways you are fortunate, at least your product has a higher value that can help justify the packaging costs. Try solving packaging issues for heavy, fragile and CHEAP products! In my experience, the first step in reducing packaging materials is to accurately identify the potential hazards along the distribution system. For example, at Sears I know my products will get “touched” a certain number of times at certain locations. I also know from warehouse visits that each touch includes a clamp truck with a certain pressure setting. Monitoring vibrations profiles from truck routes is important to develop an accurate vibration profile. Reviewing stack height requirements will determine if containers are over engineered. By reviewing the distribution system, potential cost savings can be identified. Would reducing the stack height requirement from 8 toilets to 6 toilets reduce the amount of corrugate material needed? Would using a more accurate vibration profile or drop height allow for materials like molded pulp to replace EPS? Would using a slip-sheet attachment instead of clamping reduce the damage of products and reduce the need for some protective packaging? Has the packaging been right-sized to maximize trailer capacities? Accurately defining the system is a crucial first step in finding waste and identifying areas of opportunity. Reusable containers may not be feasible considering your products are generally taken home by the customer, but reusable master packs or rugged pallets may help reduce the need of the primary packaging to withstand many hazards. As for packaging materials, I have heard green packaging success stories where double-wall containers were redesigned using “better” grade single-wall containers, with no impact to strength but a considerable dimensional/weight/cost savings. Greener dunnage materials certainly exist, check out companies like Ranpack for recycled dunnage paper or look for vendors with green bubble wrap. You may also want to consider molded pulp trays to hold your products. Good luck! Scott Dyvig

  • Save the Earth or Save Money?

    Lisa, great question. I think over the next 5 years there will be ample opportunities to shift to sustainable packaging without increasing costs. When evaluating products that may be good candidates for becoming greener, I look those where a right-sizing initiative can offset any increases due to implementing sustainable packaging materials. Also, I have a certain amount of faith that the work being done at the academic level will help identify products and uses of new sustainable materials. This could help reduce the weight of material and the cost to a point where more and more sustainability projects can be financially beneficial. I believe that as more projects are completed, it will become easier and cheaper for future projects. For example, as companies reduce EPS consumption and increase molded pulp usage, the prices may shift so that going green can be cost-effective. Also, packaging suppliers will get more comfortable designing materials like molded pulp to be as effective as EPS in protective packaging.

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