Packnomics, LLC
Kevin Howard
Consultant

Packnomics, LLC
16915 SE Fisher Drive
Vancouver, WA 98683

cell: 360-606-0235
kevin.howard@packnomics.com
Home Page Bio Philosophy Why Us? What Others Say

Strategic packaging by design

Design from the inside out and the outside in: products, packages, testing, material handling systems, and supply chains working together for the lowest landed costs.

Extraordinary Results, year after year...

 

                                            What Other’s Say…

Recent consulting clients:

"We use Kevin like an ATM...when we need money, we call him to look at our packaging, manufacturing processes, material handling, and perhaps most importantly, our supply chain, to find cost saving opportunities.  Kevin's ideas have resulted in the largest packaging savings projects we've ever had.  Though we have several degreed packaging engineers on staff, Kevin's insights added greatly to our abilities."

                          --Senior Packaging Engineer and Project Manager, Fortune 500 company 

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"If there was a Nobel Prize for Packaging, I would nominate Kevin Howard!"

                         --Manufacturing Engineer, Fortune 50 company

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 "We had attempted to replicate Kevin's success with postponement packaging for our products, but we then hired him to assess whether or not there were more opportunities for reducing costs.  Much to our surprise, we had really mis-understood how best to utilize packaging postponement.  Kevin came up with a very different design than we had implemented and it resulted in tremendous savings for both shipping and material costs.  Beyond that, Kevin discovered our test methods didn't allow us to correctly assess the amount of packaging protection on our products, resulting in excessive materials and size.  Kevin saved us a great amount of money."

                         --Senior Packaging Engineer, Fortune 500 company

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"I worked at HP with Kevin for a number of years where we were colleagues. I did not work directly with Kevin but as Finance Manager over Manufacturing and Supply Chain for DeskJet printers I was able to see the contributions that Kevin was making and the savings that were flowing to the bottom line.

When I joined ACCO Brands, I was able to bring in Kevin as a consultant to look at packaging. The brief work that he did resulted in a very well written and impactful report that ended up being circulated amongst the Supply Chain leadership. There were a number of very specific areas that were listed as opportunities and in tandem some very specific recommendations for improvement. It was felt that the modest investment to hire Kevin yielded great returns and there are still plenty of opportunities for Kevin to contribute. I would very highly recommend Kevin to anyone looking for a packaging and distribution expert with a broad experience base across a number of companies."


                                            December 12, 2008
                                            Bruce Starcher
                                            Global Business Model Strategist
                                            ACCO Brands

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From 2003 through 2005, Kevin Howard was one of only two packaging engineers at Hewlett-Packard Co. to be declared a Master Engineer.  A very small percentage of the 150,000 employees at HP are elevated to this level, recognized as the top rung of the technical ladder for engineers. Kevin’s innovative thinking influenced this Fortune 50 company to modify how it went about designing products and packages, how to test these items, how to handle these items in distribution, how to specify packaging materials, and how to achieve the lowest possible landed costs for new products.  Follwoing are recommendations from HP Managers...
                                            
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"Kevin and I worked together closely at HP for over 15 years in a variety of roles. Kevin was clearly the thought leader and the resident expert for packaging and distribution systems for HP's consumer products during that time. He has a combination of solid theoretical understanding, pragmatic approach, and dogged determination to see his efforts succeed that allow him to implement excellent solutions where others cannot. Kevin is one of the best at going from theory to innovation to solid implementation that I have ever worked with. His efforts resulted in many millions of dollars in cost savings for HP and significantly improved product quality. And Kevin is a great guy to work with." 

                                                                           Mark Mahan, past Hewlett-Packard manager of Packaging
                                                                           7 January 2007


“Kevin's deep understanding of supply chain and logistics combined with creative application of new packaging methods saved our firm millions of dollars in shipping and waranty costs, and improved customer satisfaction. He was successful in visualizing new ways of doing things, and then leading the organization to succesfully implement them.” November 30, 2007

Paul Speer , VP & General Manager , Hewlett Packard
managed Kevin indirectly at Hewlett-Packard Co.

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Following are comments taken from annual evaluations.  To read more complete excerpts, please click on < this link >.