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The Axia Institute Partners with A-1 Packaging Solutions


A-1 Packaging Solutions Joins The Axia Institute®

Midland, Michigan – January 15, 2020

Michigan State University’s Axia Institute is pleased to announce that A-1 Packaging Solutions, Inc. has joined the Axia Institute as a General Member.

“Since its inception, A-1 Packaging Solutions has done a very good job providing innovative RFID based packaging solutions for industry,” stated Katherine Franz, executive director of the Axia Institute. “Having firms like A-1 Packaging join our institute will help us further our exploration in these important areas of critical interest to today’s supply chain organizations,” Franz summarized.

A-1 Packaging Solutions is a leader in developing RFID solutions. Using both hardware and software products, A-1 Packaging Solutions has developed RFID based tools to help companies better manage their warehouse and manufacturing environments.

“Axia’s mission of finding new technologies developed by small organizations will definitely transform the Global Supply Chain of the future.  We are extremely excited to be a member of this organization and look forward to helping the Supply Chain Industry and Axia achieve its potential,” stated Ken Schoening, CEO of A-1 Packaging Solutions.

As a General Member of the Axia Institute, A-1 Packaging Solutions will have exposure to Axia’s research portfolio and will be able to participate in the Axia Value Chain Index™ (VCI) Performance Assessment.


About Axia

Located in Midland, The Axia Institute®, formerly the Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation, is a premier research and education center dedicated to developing effective and sustainable solutions to improve public and private value chains. Established by Michigan State University in 2013, The Axia Institute® partners with industry to solve grand challenges and conduct cross-disciplinary research in areas of value chain optimization, data analytics, engineering, smart packaging, anti-counterfeiting, and water and food safety. The Institute was founded by leaders in value chain creation and development at MSU, including the Eli Broad College of Business, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Engineering, College of Social Science, and School of Packaging. Founding donors include The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Corning Corporation, Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Foundation, Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, and the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation.


About A-1 Packaging Solutions

A-1 started as a returnable packaging designer/supplier to major industries 15 years ago.  Since then A-1 has developed their own RFID technologies which seem simple, and yet are very advanced solutions.  Today A-1 is a leading innovator in RFID technologies.  Some examples of their technology include:

LivePoint® SDW (System Directed Workforce) – LivePoint® is a Forklift based RFID system that tracks everything that is moved, whether to or from the manufacturing line, receiving raw materials, warehousing, or shipping.

LivePoint® Floor Tags – The revolutionary (and easy to install) Tags provide a convenient and cost-effective way to provide absolute clarity where everything is at in a facility…or items moving through dock doors.

LivePoint® Software – The Software notifies forklift drivers when a mistake is made and prompts them to correct it…eliminating costly errors, saving time and money.


For further information, please contact:

The Axia Institute:

John D. Hatfield

(989) 423-2047


A-1 Packaging Solutions:

Ken Schoening

(630) 587-0660