Rick Gessler is Vice President of Engineering at Delkor Systems, a leading U.S. manufacturer of advanced robotic packaging systems and a Fanuc Level 5 Certified Service Provider. Delkor is the automation partner for a wide spectrum of companies in the dairy, food, beverage, and consumer product markets. In his role at Delkor, Rick has led a multi-year development effort that enables robotic equipment to evolve to meet the ever-changing packaging requirements of today’s mass merchandisers and e-commerce retailers.
Rick has been recognized by Walmart as a thought leader on the topic of retail ready packaging and has travelled to their Bentonville headquarters on numerous occasions to speak on this topic with both Walmart executives and Walmart suppliers. He has been awarded several important package patents for new retail ready shipper concepts, the most important of which is his invention of the Delkor Cabrio Case®, which has become the preferred package at major mass merchandisers. Estimated 2022 volume of the Cabrio Case is nearly 1 billion cases across many product categories.
Rick has over 20 years of experience in the packaging industry and is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas (MBA) and Minnesota State University (Mechanical Engineering).