Sunday, October 28

1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Attendee Registration

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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.

Full JUMP START Program Info

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

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Distributor Welcome Reception

Monday, October 29

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Attendee Registration

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
General Attendee Breakfast

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

Ray Kurzweil

​9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Concurrent Workshop Series 1

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
​Concurrent Workshop Series 2

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
General Session:
Leadership and Management: Taking Command

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

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
EXPO Theater Session: 
The Direction of Technology - Trucking/Transportation

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.
Expo Hall Happy Hour

Tuesday, October 30

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Women in Foodservice Power Breakfast

Sheila Benny
President, Co-founder & Owner of Optricity

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
General Session:
Foodservice Distribution: A C-Suite Perspective

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

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
EXPO Theater Session:
Transformative Tech in Freight & Food Logistics

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 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 TRU’s

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

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
General Session:
Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve the Impossible

Sarah Thomas
NFL's First Female Official

​2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Concurrent Workshop Series 3

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Concurrent Workshop Series 4

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception

Wednesday, October 31

10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Ben E. Keith Facility Tour
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.

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