Innovation Labs

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

*Must be a current 2019 DSC Exhibitor to participate

Connect with attendees outside of your booth space in one of the innovation lab theaters located directly on the trade show floor. Host and lead a 45 minute discussion on innovation and technology in the foodservice distribution industry. Develop your own content and deliver relevant material that our attendees crave. Examples may include a discussion on new game changing innovation/technology, case studies, or areas that need extra attention/focus. The schedule will be listed online and in the program to let attendees know of your session and topic.

  • All participants will receive free promotion on website, agenda/schedule, social media mentions, lead retrieval from those attending, and the ability to bundle mobile app push notifications at a discount.

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Innovation Lab Design Renderings

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Monday, October 28

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

The Future of Delivery Using Drones

Speaker: Darshan Divakaran, UAS Program Engineer, NC Department of Transportation Division of Aviation

The presentation will discuss about how drones are revolutionizing the future of package delivery. The future is now and there are companies making this a reality. The presentation will talk about the various successful drone operations in the nation. It will also talk about the current regulations and procedures to get a authorizations to operate drones for delivery.

Warehousing: Emerging Technologies in Distribution

Speaker: Matt Herms and Zac Boehm, AHS LLC

What are some industry trends over the next five years? How will technology change the way we operate today? Listen as Matt Herms and Zac Boehm of AHS answer these questions and more.

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

BIONOMICS - Finally a Solution to Prevent Back & Shoulder Injuries to Foodservice Employees

Speaker: Dennis Downing, Future Industrial Technologies (FIT)

Bionomics, a training methodology used throughout US/Canada, reduces back and shoulder injuries. Employees LISTEN, LEARN and USE it. Learn to prevent painful back injuries to YOU and your employees.

Machine Learning & Last-Mile Deliveries

Speaker: Erich Wolters, Wise Systems

Machine learning and artificial intelligence will transform last-mile delivery, creating new opportunities to stay competitive, meet your customers’ needs, and improve the bottom line.

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

The Impact of Omnichannel in the Food Industry

Speaker: Greg Braun, Senior Vice President, C3 Solutions

The food industry is struggling to keep up as they adapt their operations to accommodate e-commerce. Solutions for dock and yard management can make the difference between success & a costly mistake.

Transportation Refrigeration in a Sustainable World: How Regulation and Innovation Will Shape the Future of Your Business

Speaker: Scott Bates, Product Management and Marketing Leader, Thermo King North America 

With sustainability more the norm than a trend, how prepared are you for the upcoming CARB regulations and other industry changes that will directly affect your business? Explore current options that will keep your business compliant, competitive, and ahead of the sustainability curve.

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Fleet Management: Three Ways to Pull Ahead of Your Competition

Speaker: Gabby Deocares, Product Marketing Manager, Samsara

Ever wonder what other fleets are doing to grow their business? What’s the secret to their success? We talked to some of our safest and most productive customers to see what they’re doing differently. Join this session to hear how food and beverage distribution leaders have driven measurable impact through new, easy-to-deploy programs, and how you can use those same strategies for your fleet operation.

Advanced Energy Machines All-Electric TRU Technology: What, No Diesel to Run My Reefer Fleet?

Speaker: Robert Koelsch, Engineer and Founder of AEM
Panelist, Mike Marshall, Vice President, PLM a fleet solutions company
Panelist, Don Durm, Vice President PLM – Moderator

That wait is over, AEM (Advanced Energy Machines) has announced the All-Electric Transport Refrigeration Unit designed for food transport that demonstrates the power of distribution in a typical 24-hour workday without the use of diesel fuel.  Come here about this new innovative way to operate your Refrigerated Trailer Fleet without a drop of diesel.

Tuesday, October 29

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

More Than Just a Bot: How Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) Are Helping Workers Increase Productivity, Efficiency and Operation Speed by Double Digits.

Speaker: Kurt Nantkes, Fetch Robotics

We will give an overview of cloud robotics, dive into specific food distribution workflows, and walk through how some distribution companies are already integrating AMRs into their environments.

How AI Technology is Paving the Road for Better Fleets?

Speaker: Travis Sanders, Mobileye, an Intel Company


Mobileye discusses AI vision solutions impact safety, driver behavior, and bottom line. With a connected world, comes the integration of fleet management services, providing intelligent insights.

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Winning the Battle for Protection and Prevention with Video Intelligence

Speakers: Jim Angel, Trimble Transportation

While truck drivers are at fault in less than 25% of catastrophic collisions, litigation is common. Video Intelligence can protect you from litigation and help prevent future accidents from occurring.

New Tools to Transform Energy Costs Into Revenue

Speakers: Collin Coker, Viking Cold Solutions

Utility challenges on the grid + new technologies have created new opportunities for foodservice distributors to transform facility energy costs into multiple revenue streams. Find out how & why.