MONDAY, OCTOBER 29


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

Is big data crushing you?  Is your investment in technology becoming obsolete after you deploy it in the supply chain.  Learn how to use little data for big results. How can you look for alternative financial ways to deploy technology and get what you want - access to information and not investments in hardware

IOT allows you to create opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer based systems resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefits.   Examples are tractor trailers with live feeds of activity around you protecting the delivery driver, forklifts integrating with scanning technology, and mobile enabled drivers communicating simultaneously with both the home office and customer. It can also provide logistic and fleet management and immediate safety and road assistance.

At the end of session, attendees will be able to:
  • Learn what to measure from your technology and how to use those results
  • Understand expectations for technology vendor engagement
  • Explore alternative sources for gaining access to information, rather than owning the hardware
 
    

Virtual Reality World Training - Using Tech for Effective Training

New ways on utilizing virtual reality in training employees on safety tasks before being placed in harmful situations. Forklift training, driving, order selecting.

The on-boarding and refresher training needs in distribution consume a substantial amount of time and resources.  To combat those challenges, this session will focus on new technologies meant to support consistent training in a controlled environment

At the end of session, attendees will be able to:
  • Touch on the brain science of Virtual Reality
  • Building the foundation for muscle memory in a safe environment.
  • Understand how VR directly impacts the organization more than “It’s Cool” factor.
  • Explore how the use of technology for training can assist in retaining younger generations in the workforce.
 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30


Demystifying Blockchain: Part 1 - What’s It All About?

Speakers: Don Durm, Vice President, Customer Solutions, PLM Trailer Leasing (Moderator)
Timothy Leonard, EVP and CTO, TMW Systems
Troy Schenk, Warehouse Systems Manager, Dot Foods, Inc.

Blockchain. It’s all the buzz. Designed for transparency, accuracy and security, Blockchain stands ready to revolutionize the way information moves and is processed worldwide. Implications for food management are astounding and in include positive benefits for safety and product integrity through real-time farm-to-fork tracing of food products, benefits for data security and and benefits for finance through near instantaneous passage of financial data.

It’s time to get ahead of the curve. Are you ready? Join IFDA members and industry leaders for an introductory course designed to set the foundation for understanding Blockchain terminology, players and most importantly the real-world applications and benefits. This session is part-one of a a two-part series designed to demystify one of the biggest technical advancements to hit the foodservice industry.

Key Takeaways:
  • Blockchain’s key terms, concepts and players;
  • Impact Blockchain will have on food safety, data integrity and data security both now and in the future;
  • Downsides of of not deploying Blockchain:
  • Real-world uses for Blockchain and what could it look like in your company:
  • Connection points from Blockchain into the food supply through IoT, digital ledgers and more.

Demystifying Blockchain: Part 2 - Succeeding with Blockchain

Speakers: Don Durm, Vice President, Customer Solutions, PLM Trailer Leasing (Moderator)
Timothy Leonard, EVP and CTO, TMW Systems
Troy Schenk, Warehouse Systems Manager, Dot Foods, Inc.

Now you know the basics and understand the value of Blockchain and its place in the food supply chain. Next come the bigger questions. How do you keep step with your customers and meet the needs of your prospects through Blockchain? How do you successfully apply Blockchain to your operation? In short, where do you start?

Catch our panel of experts, representing a wide range of industry members and technology providers, as they delve into the reality of Blockchain and examine ways you can work closer with your customers and prospects to stay on top of the Blockchain wave. This session is part-two of a a two-part series designed to help your business successfully start with one of the biggest technical advancements to hit the foodservice industry.

Key Takeaways:
  • How to support your customers through Blockchain
  • Where and how to start implementing Blockchain
  • IT investments, needs and resources needed for Blockchain deployment
  • Lessons learned in implementing Blockchain
  • Answers to other key questions submitted by our planning council's distributors

Can You Afford not to Invest in the Latest Technology? Don’t get left behind.

How implementation and investments in new technology will help improve Distributors’ delivery performance, deployment do’s and don’ts, and identifying customizable solutions that makes sense for even the newest or smallest Distributors.

At the end of session, attendees will be able to:
  • Understand what new technology is available to the industry
  • Discern which tools may provide breakthrough solutions for your operations
  • Conduct a basic return-on-investment (ROI) calculation regarding technology investment opportunities