Sunday, October 28

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
JUMP START Program
Room 206 AB

This innovative program is geared for first time attendees to the DSC.  Special programming is tailored for operational leaders on your team with a focus on providing warehouse and transportation supervisors and leaders with skills that they need to continue their development. This IFDA Members-Only program is limited to 50 participants and requires a separate registration from the Distribution Solutions Conference. A link to full program information and the registration form are available below.

1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Attendee Registration
Outside Hall 4A-B

Full JUMP START Program Info

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Attendee Orientation
Room 205

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Distributor Welcome Reception
Including an Informal Meet & Greet for Women in Foodservice
Grotto & The LDR on the Convention Center
River Walk Level
Sponsored by Great Dane, Lytx and RefrigiWear


Monday, October 29


7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Attendee Registration
Outside Hall 4A-B

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
General Attendee Breakfast
Sponsored by Penske

8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Opening General Session:
How to Manage Innovation in an Era of Accelerating Technologies
Hemisfair Ballroom C1 & C2

Speaker:
Ray Kurzweil

​9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Concurrent Workshop Series 1
How to Deal with the Sixteen Personality Traits
Room 214CD

Keys to a Successful Safety Roadeo
Room 212AB
10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Sustainability and Renewable Technologies
Room 210AB

Turning Information into Action: Big Data and IoT in the Real World
Room 214AB

Warehouse Idea Exchange
Room 213AB

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
​Concurrent Workshop Series 2
Best Practices for Temperature Monitoring - Warehouse & Delivery
Room 212AB

Promoting from Within vs Outside Talent
Room 214CD
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Slotting – Strategy and Benefits
Room 210AB

Transportation Idea Exchange
Room 213AB

Virtual Reality Training - Using Tech for Effective Training
Room 214AB

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
General Session:
Leadership and Management: Taking Command
Hemisfair Ballroom C1 & C2

Speaker:
Adm. William H. McRaven, USN (Ret.)
Retired four-star admiral, 37-year veteran of the United States Navy and best-selling author

​12:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
EXPO Hall Open

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch at the Expo

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
EXPO Theater Session: 
Innovation That Moves You

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
EXPO Theater Session:
The Future of Trucking: Electric Mobility

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
EXPO Theater Session:
ABCs of Drones – What You Need to Know

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Hall of Fame Happy Hour
IFDA Central

5:45 p.m.
Grand Prize Drawing 
Stop by Utility Trailer Manufacturing located at booth #101 and drop off your
business card to be eligible for a chance to win an Apple iPad Pro.
IFDA Central

Sponsored by Utility


Tuesday, October 30


7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Registration
Outside Hall 4 A-B

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast
Park View (2nd Floor)

7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Women in Foodservice Power Breakfast
Room 205
Sponsored by AR Marketing

Speaker:
Sheila Benny
President, Co-founder & Owner of Optricity
Sponsored by AR Marketing

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
General Session:
Truck Driver Hall of Fame Awards

Foodservice Distribution: A C-Suite Perspective
Hemisfair Ballroom C1 & 2

9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
EXPO Hall Open

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
EXPO Theater Session:
The Future of Freight is Here: How Uber is Transforming Freight

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
EXPO Theater Session:
The Insider's Guide to Emerging Technologies

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
EXPO Theater Session:
Making the Transition from Diesel to Electric Transport Refrigeration Units

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch at the Expo

12:30 p.m.
Grand Prize Drawing
Stop by Utility Trailer Manufacturing located at booth #101 and drop off your
business card to be eligible for a chance to win an Apple iPad Pro.
IFDA Central

12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
EXPO Theater Session:
Prevention and Intervention: Combatting Human Trafficking Through
the Trucking Industry


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
General Session:
Mike Roach Awards

Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve the Impossible


Speaker:
Sarah Thomas
NFL's First Female Official
Hemisfair Ballroom C1 & 2

2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Concurrent Workshop Series 3
Blockchain Part 1 - What’s it all About?
Room 214AB

Compensation Plans for Drivers
Room 214CD

The Essentials of Finance and Accounting for Non-financial Managers and Supervisors
Room 210AB

Food Safety Training for Operations
Room 212AB

Freight Marketplace Challenges and Solution Options
Room 213AB

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Concurrent Workshop Series 4
Blockchain Part 2 - Succeeding with Blockchain

Room 214AB

How Leading Hospitality Distributor Achieved Business Success with Data Analytics
Room 212AB

IDPs and Personal Development - Keys to Increasing Capacity and Skillsets
Room 214CD

Hiring and Retaining Women and Diverse Talent
Room 210AB

Prediction and Prevention: Fleet Maintenance to Keep your Equipment Moving
Room 213AB

5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
"Remember the DSC" Networking Reception
Charles Court
207 N. Presa St., San Antonio


Wednesday, October 31


Ben E. Keith Facility Tour - **Tour is sold out**
Buses will start loading at 8:00 a.m. outside the Grand Hyatt lobby. (600 E. Market St.) It is anticipated that participants will return to the Grand Hyatt no later than 1:30.

Ben E. Keith Foods will open a new distribution center in San Antonio in the fall of 2018.   The new facility will be designed with the goal of LEED Silver certification, charging stations to accommodate 80 forks trucks and pallet jacks, 30 high speed doors throughout the facility, inside and outside LED lighting, state of the art product demonstration kitchen, “Safe Connect” outlets to allow no-idle pre-cooling of trailers, and 4 multi-level ASRS systems.  Storage capacity will be 619,000 square feet with 35 dock doors, 47 refrigerated doors, along with a state of the art truck facility with 16 truck bays.

Sponsored By:


To learn more about the design and construction of the facility please click on our logo above.