2021 Innovation Lab Sessions


11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.        Innovation Lab Session East - Fleet Advantage: Honing Equipment Life Cycle Programs & Fleet KPIs to Improve Bottom-Line Revenue 
Speaker: Don Davis, SVP, National Accounts
Companies spare no expense in evaluating tractor makes and models that best fit their operations and keep their costs low. However, knowing when to replace equipment can be just as important to ensure fleets are not leaving money on the table. 
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.        Innovation Lab Session West - Wise Systems: Planning Your Dispatch Transformation Project
Dispatch Transformation, a core part of Digital Transformation, automates your last-mile planning, routing, and dispatch operations to improve automation, efficiency, and customer service.
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Innovation Lab Session East - Optricity: Sustainable Warehouse Slotting-Positioning for Success
Sustainable slotting is key to continual success. Gain insights and guidance on how to make your solution sustainable via real-world examples featuring various techniques that deliver proven results.
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Innovation Lab Session West - VAI - Vormittag Associates, Inc.: Mobile spotlight
In light of the pandemic, the transition to mobile solutions increased productivity and locked in customer loyalty without face-to-face interaction.
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Innovation Lab Session East - TuSimple: Autonomous Trucks Delivering Fresh Faster 
Speaker: Robert Brown
A presentation and deep dive on the work TuSimple is doing today with McLane and Giumarra. TuSimple's technology is a potential gamechanger for how goods are moved around the country. 
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Innovation Lab Session West - ProCat: An Insider’s Guide to Order Picking Technologies for Increased Accuracy & Productivity
Speaker: Steve Stomel, Founder & CEO of ProCat Distribution Technologies; Joe Doyle, Director of Sales
Inefficient picking system? ProCat Distribution Technologies will compare the pros and cons of different picking technologies including paper picking, RF Handheld, Voice picking, and Scan picking.
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.        Innovation Lab Session East - Orkin Pest Control: Pest Traceability: Protecting Your Supply Chain
You keep your facility’s standards high, and so should your pest control provider. Learn how pest traceability can help protect your supply chain from our experts with 120+ years of experience.
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.        Innovation Lab Session West -  PLM: Electrification Strategies for Facilities and Fleets
Panel Discussion – Moderator, Don Durm (PLM) – Panelist, Mike Marshall (PLM),  Peter Schneider (GridMarket),  Robert Koelsch (AEM – Advanced Energy Machine)
This session will show you how to leverage proven technologies and innovative business models to optimize project development and incentive dollars. Participants can expect to gain a clear understanding of how to execute a green energy and EV fleet strategy and will be given an opportunity to immediately begin working with market leaders towards these goals. 
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Innovation Lab Session East - Omnitracs
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Innovation Lab Session WestTBD
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Innovation Lab Session East - Lytx: Hazard Identification: Using Data to Map Risk and Avoid Collision Hotspots 
Crashes are not random - they follow patterns. Factors such as time of day, weather and location affect when collisions occur and where. Learn how distribution fleets are leveraging data from 50 million collisions to reduce route risk.
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Innovation Lab Session WestPLM: Transformative Strategy: Digitize the Cold Chain
Speakers: Don Durm & Murli Ram (PLM TrustLink) 
Food distributors are faced with increased competition with today from emerging food categories, eCommerce and new food products, cutting into sales revenue. They also face age-old operational challenges like inventory inaccuracies, shrinkage, food waste/loss, incomplete deliveries, delivery rejections, quality discounts, and counterfeit products — and must absorb the costs associated with each. The unnecessary waste increases business costs and further erodes profit margin.

Host an Innovation Lab at the 2021 IFDA DSC

Sponsor now to host one of the select Innovation Labs at the 2021 IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference. All sponsors will present a 30-minute session on-site at the DSC, as well as provide a video to IFDA to be posted online at the conclusion of the event. Sponsors will also receive access to all those who attend your session at the DSC.

Sign up today as limited spots are available!


Member: $2,500
Non-Member: $3,500


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Contact Matt Witt, mwitt@ifdaonline.org for more information.