Host an Innovation Lab at the 2022 IFDA DSC

Sponsor now to host one of the select Innovation Labs at the 2022 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 a list of those who attend your session.

Please note that submitting a request does not guarantee approval as there are limited spots available. 

Investment

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

 

Key Dates

Application Deadline: July 15, 2022
Approval Notices: by August 3, 2022

 

Contact Janet Skelly, jskelly@ifdaonline.org for more information.
 

2022 Innovation Lab Sample Schedule

This schedule is subject to change.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.       

Improving Driver Behavior and Reducing Collisions

In a world where fleets are always asking what is best for their drivers, vehicles, and business, we aim to provide the latest and most advanced collision avoidance system available. This technology can be retrofitted into all types of vehicles and make a difference in the lives of drivers by keeping them safe with an easy-to-use device. Attend this session to learn which companies have reduced forward collision by more than 50%, improved driver performance and lowered insurance costs.

Speaker:
Travis Sanders, Director of Safety Sales, North America, Mobileye, Inc.

WEST

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.        Best Practices & Tips To Overcome Today’s Biggest Challenges in Transportation

The food service and heavy-duty truck transportation fleet industries continue to deal with a host of challenges, including inflation (rose 9.1% in July 2022), truck and driver shortages, logistical changes due to a fluctuating pandemic environment, and asset management hurdles that continue to impact organizational bottom lines. Also, with the ongoing supply chain issues plaguing the heavy-duty truck industry including lack of build slots for Class 8 vehicles, it has never been more important to pay close attention to maintenance and repair (M&R) spend to keep existing trucks on the road and on time, as well as keeping drivers happy.

Leading fleets are focusing more on shortening their trade cycles, which positively impacts several areas of their organization. Fleet are also focusing on "back to basics" with best fuel and maintenance protocols. By focusing on shorter asset life cycles these organizations can lower their Total Cost of Ownership and improve residual positions on the asset, and more frequent truck replenish cycles ensures fleets are spec’ing trucks with advanced safety equipment which improves driver retention and recruitment efforts.

Speaker:
Al Barner, CTP, Senior VP, Strategic Fleet Solutions, Fleet Advantage
NORTH
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.       

Transforming Your Food Distribution Business; How to Increase Margins and Food Safety Simultaneously

IFDA’s Operational & Financial Report reveals that Labor and Inventory Control continue to be major challenges within the food distribution community. Food distributors face increased  competition with 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 reduces profit margin.  Technologies used in the current distribution centers weren’t built for the modern era, which calls for fast, accurate, detailed, real-time information. Many companies still use antiquated, manual processes — including handwritten documents, spreadsheets, email, and phone calls — to share information about products internally and externally with partners in the chain.  These processes are time-consuming, inefficient, and prone to error — wasting money and labor every day.

Don't miss this must-attend session from IFDA's first foundational IFDA Elite Allied Member on their new disruptive, yet proven, technology that is now available to provide you with the benefits to your financial and operations business . With the PLM TrustLink™ cloud-based SaaS platform, deliver your products to your customer exceeding their expectations and providing them the unique end-to-end brand experience and value they seek while saving time and money within your business.  

Speaker:
Don Durm, VP, Customer Solutions, PLM Fleet, LLC

EAST

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Collaboration Eases the Logistics Pain for Performance Food Group (PFG)  

Rapid swings in freight rates and carrier capacity keeps logistics analysts on their toes. Global and local events over the last few years have knocked the system out of balance. We might be finally entering a new normal, or the next global disruption is right around the corner. The unpredictable market and an increasing focus on emissions, call for rolling logistics planning and re-planning to keep goods moving and not leave money on the table.

PFG navigates the turmoil more effectively by collaborating with their suppliers, customers, brokers, and carriers while executing much of their freight management business on a single platform from e2open. Attend this session to learn about the benefits of working together and where they see the market heading.

Speakers:
Jim Sanborn, Area Sales Director, e2open
Andy Long, Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Performance Food Group
WEST
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

How National DCP Enhanced Dunkin' Stores' Delivery Experience and Accuracy with nuVizz

The accurate and real-time delivery visibility in B2B delivery world have become critical. The cost of fuel, labor shortage and supply chain disruptions have increased the need to better optimize your delivery ecosystem and provide real-time visibility to all stakeholders. In this presentation by National DCP, global provider of innovative supply chain solutions for the foodservice industry including Dunkin’ stores, we will explore how advanced AI &ML based delivery optimization and orchestration SaaS platform by nuVizz was leveraged to improve delivery efficiencies and provide stores with accurate and real-time visibility and completely automate the back-end reconciliation and invoicing processes.

We will show how the platform was implemented within a short period at 10+ DCs across 1000+ drivers delivering products to 10,000+ stores.

Speakers:
Guru Rao, CEO, nuVizz
Cristian Petcu, Senior Director, Enterprise Applications, National DCP (Dunkin Donuts Supply Chain Division)

NORTH

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Staffing Challenges?  -  Benefits of a 3rd Party Sanitation Program

Unprecedented staffing shortages has become one of the largest challenges companies are facing today, resulting in many organizations doing everything they can to deliver high quality services to their customers with a reduced workforce.  TEC Services, a national janitorial, maintenance and sanitation services company will review how they have been able to help food service distributors deal with this major issue along with other challenges they are facing including retention, high turnover, training, documentation, quality of services, audit readiness and audit scores.

They will share how they have partnered with clients to transition their sanitation services to TEC Services, providing them with a range of benefits that includes the ability to promote sanitation services personnel to other revenue generating roles in the company providing much needed staff, increasing pick counts, aiding in employee retention by showing personnel that promotional opportunities exist, developing and providing SOP's and training programs custom to their environment, performing quality audits against a set of KPI's requiring management sign-off, providing detailed reporting and dashboards, and much more. 

Speaker:
Jay Hutchison, Vice President - Partner Development, TEC Services
EAST
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Turn Everyday Mobile Devices into Powerful Business Tools for Sales and POD

With the rapid expansion of mobile devices, enterprises everywhere are being dramatically impacted by the new wave of mobile technology. VAI’s mobile solutions turn ordinary smartphones into powerful business tools that can help you improve efficiencies, enhance customer service, and increase sales. S2K Mobile solutions are actual applications that are downloaded and installed on your mobile device, rather than being rendered within a browser. They are specifically designed for smaller handheld displays and a touch-screen interface and can easily access the native functions of the mobile device, such as the camera.

This rise in mobile device usage means that mobile apps have become a key sales tool for companies of all sizes. Giving your sales team and customers immediate access to account and product information can make the difference between getting the sale or not.

Mobile POD app replaces the clumsy paperwork process of capturing signatures with a clean efficient paperless process to confirm the delivery of merchandise and electronically capture signatures and photographs.

Speaker: 
Joe Scioscia, VP of Sales, VAI

WEST

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. A Faster Way to Solving Labor Challenges

Many foodservice distributors are investigating robotics and other automation solutions to solve labor challenges and improve productivity. But the cost and time to implement these types of solutions can be long, complicated, and expensive. 

Lucas Systems has introduced an AI-based software solution, called Dynamic Work Optimization that reduces in-warehouse worker travel by 30-70 percent. This solution can be implemented in just a few months.  In combination with the complete Lucas warehouse optimization solution using voice and smart optimization, customers have seen greater than 100% improvements in productivity and over 50 percent reduction in picking hours needed per shift.

This twenty-minute session will describe our unique approach to reducing in-warehouse travel and share examples of customers that are using Dynamic Work Optimization today to dramatically increase picking productivity and reducing labor.

Speaker:
Dan Keller, Sr. Consultant, Lucas Systems, Inc.
NORTH
 
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Fortify Your Warehouse with Actual Intelligence™


Learn more about the Fortna | Optricity™ Software Platform, including OptiProfile™, the @Ease Warehousing Technologies™, the Moves Conductor™ and the highly acclaimed warehouse slotting application, OptiSlot DC™. Fortna | Optricity creates and supports warehousing analysis, optimization, and performance improvement software utilizing a blend of domain expertise, advanced mathematics, and software engineering skills. Attend this Innovation Lab session to capture techniques that will fortify your warehouse with Actual Intelligence™.

Speakers: 
Dan Basmajian, CEO, Fortna | Optricity
Chuck Grissom, CTO, Fortna | Optricity

EAST

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
10:00 – 10:45 a.m.       
Fleet Insights: Integrating Zero-Emission Reefer Technology in Foodservice Delivery

Learn about Sysco and ConMet eMobility's ESG commitments while also exploring the forces impacting the foodservice distribution industry which are rapidly increasing the importance of fleets electrifying their trailers. By attending this innovative session, you will hear a case study of how Sysco deployed a trailer equipped with the Vector eCool powered by ConMet eMobility System and you will learn how it impacted their efficiencies, fuel cost, emissions and overall lessons learned from the project. You will also leave this session with an understanding of how the Vector eCool system works and how you could obtain it through the partnership with Carrier.

Speakers:
Tracey Anderson, Senior Director, Global Real Estate and Supply Chain Sustainability, Sysco Corporation
Marc Trahand, Vice President and General Manager, ConMet eMobility
WEST
 
10:00 – 10:45 a.m.   
Quality Assurance and Proof of Delivery

Ignition by TELUS and Muddy Boots, both members of the TELUS Agriculture and Consumer Goods family, help our customers produce safer, more sustainable food through our innovative supply chain management software.

With the goal of digitizing the consumer goods and food industry, and with a vision of the critical role that technology plays in the full value chain, Jim and Dan will lead a discussion on how distributors can gain 360 degree visibility from the seed to the last mile.

This presentation will focus on food safety & compliance, cold chain management, the advantages of a Proof of Delivery solution, and the ways in which distributors can drive revenue growth while reducing cost and risk.

Speaker:
Jim Hilton, Director - Strategic Solution Growth, Ignition by TELUS

Dan Rafuse, Account Executive, Agriculture & Consumer Goods, Ignition by TELUS

NORTH

 
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. 

Building a Future Proof Foodservice Distribution Operation

Distributors are often held back by disparate systems that lead to inaccurate inventory, bad data, food waste, and other organizational challenges. In order to thrive in today's competitive market, it's time to reimagine the way your company operates and equip your team with the education, training, and tools they need to be successful. Join Jake Sampson, VP of Sales at Encompass Technologies, to learn how their solutions are helping distributors modernize operations by leveraging purpose-built cloud technology in order to improve sales order management, manage inventory, automate planning & processing, simplify financial processes, and more.

Speakers:
Jake Sampson, VP of Sales, Encompass Technologies
Meteor Mekonen, Sales Executive, Encompass Technologies

EAST

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. 
Gold Star Foods' Implementation of Engineered Work Performance Standards

Speaker:
Alfredo Hernandez, Corporate Senior Director, Distribution, Gold Star Foods
WEST
 
10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Innovation Lab Session North
 
10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Innovation Lab Session East
 

 

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