MONDAY, OCTOBER 29


Keys to a Successful Safety Roadeo

Speakers: Jim Novak, Eby-Brown and Matt Krol, US Foods

Warehouse and Truck roadeos are a great way to promote a safety culture within an organization while providing the opportunity to improve the employee experience.  A good roadeo hits on the high points amidst the spirited fun of competition and camaraderie. This session will focus on how to put together roadeos, including the do’s and don’ts to make it successful.

At the end of session, attendees will be able to:
  • Optimize participation and generate buzz for the safety roadeo
  • Execute the event logistics for the safety roadeo

 

Best Practices for Temperature Monitoring - Warehouse & Delivery

Speakers: Don Durm, PLM and Phillip Lamb, FAB

Throughout the supply chain, there has been a growing demand for more transparency from both regulatory compliance and the customer. Presenters will address how FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation of Food Act impacts trucking and warehouse operations.  The presenters will discuss approaches to the distribution route and training requirements for drivers and warehouse workers that address regulatory compliance and industry best practices.  Additionally, presenters will examine best practices for maintaining and monitoring temperatures during the delivery process.  Finally, presenters will discuss technologies that help drive proof of delivery and understand how this information is being relayed to customers.

Key Takeaways:
  • The Responsibilities of the company under the final FSMA act rules regarding employee training.
  • Awareness of Potential Food Safety Problems that may occur in the warehouse.
  • Basic Sanitary Transportation Practices
  • The best practices in maintaining temperatures in the different zones of the truck during the various seasons.
  • The software available for monitoring temperatures and the best practices for reviewing this information.
  • How to best present this information-if needed-to customers.
  • GAP Analysis Tool for Standard Operation Procedures (SOP)

 

How to Deal with the Sixteen Personality Traits

Speaker: Marilyn Bushey, PowerPAC

Are you looking to leverage personality typing to help your team function better? Using personality types can help to build understanding among diverse teams, facilitate better communication, and create an environment of cooperation and productivity. What's the difference between the ISTJ,ESTJ, and the ENTJ.   How to think and deal with dominant or inferior associates in the workplace.  Do you have the power of an ENTJ on your staff and don't realize it?

At the end of session, attendees will be able to:
  • Distinguish between your extraverts and introverts

Promoting from Within vs Hiring Outside Talent - What Needs to be Considered?

Moderator: Collin Campbell, Nicolas & Co.
Speakers: Chuck Bianchi, Palmer Food Services
Dale Barina, Reinhart Foodservice

Open discussion on pros and cons of promoting from within.  Identifying potential gaps and how to address them.

At the end of session, attendees will be able to:
  • Identify and understand the Pros/Cons to promoting from within
  • Understand the Pros/Cons of hiring outside talent
  • Understand the factors that tell whether internal or external is the best option
  • Understand strategies for maximizing the pros and overcoming the challenges of internal talent development

 

Transportation Idea Exchange

Speakers: John Marsh, Palmer Food Services
David Christensen, Nicholas & Co.
Sean Jones, Eby-Brown

Every foodservice distributor has their own set of unique problems and difficulties. This interactive discussion, facilitated by an industry veteran, allows attendees to ask transportation focused questions and get real-time insights from their peers.

Key Takeaways:
  • The Responsibilities of the company under the final FSMA act rules regarding employee training.
  • Awareness of Potential Food Safety Problems that may occur in the warehouse.
  • Basic Sanitary Transportation Practices to:
  • The best practices in maintaining temperatures in the different zones of the truck during the various seasons.
  • The software available for monitoring temperatures and the best practices for reviewing this information.
  • How to best present this information-if needed-to customers.
  • GAP Analysis Tool for Standard Operation Procedures (SOP)

Sustainability and Renewable Technologies

Speakers: Brian Slepian, Diversegy, Inc.
Mike Ozmeral, Reyes Holdings
Bill Schmitz, Genie Solar Energy

Wind power, solar power, geothermal energy are a few energy sources that can supply our needs in a sustainable way.  There are a variety of methods that are used to convert these renewable resources into electricity.  This session will discuss the unique technologies, benefits, and challenges associated with renewable technologies.

At the end of session, attendees will be able to:
  • Recognize what technologies are available to fit your individual needs.
  • Identify what challenges you may face when pursuing renewable technologies.
  • Understand the benefits associated with renewable energy use.
  • Set up a company program
  • Identify possible partners to help with the process

 

Virtual Reality World Training - Using Tech for Effective Training

Speakers: Moustafa Sharawy, Forklift Simulator
Richard Price, VR Headspace
Stacey Patch, Raymond

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


Compensation Plans for Drivers

Moderator: Beth Carroll, Prosperio Group
Speakers: John Marsh, Ben E. Keith Foods
David Christensen, Nicholas & Co.
Ryan Stauss, Reinhart Foodservice

 
Some professions have been built on incentives: salespeople are almost always driven by monetary commissions. Tips, another form of incentives, drive most of the income for servers in restaurants and bars. These systems tend to drive targeted behaviors: good service for servers, and top line revenue generation for salespeople. When it comes to warehousing and manufacturing, incentives are not nearly as common, but should they be? During this session, distribution managers will provide and share insights on successful incentive based plans.

At the end of session, attendees will be able to:
  • Implement a successful compensation plan at your company

 

Prediction and Prevention: Fleet Maintenance to Keep Your Equipment Moving

Moderator: Jen McQuiston, TMW Systems
Speakers: Greg Peck, TMW Systems and Chuck Bianchi, Palmer Food Services

Food distributors need fleets of equipment to make deliveries and operate their warehouses in order to successfully manage their business. Those same fleets and equipment require proper maintenance in order to be available, safe and compliant for the business, its employees, its customers and the general public. As a food distributor, downed equipment means lost deliveries, warehouse slowdowns, spoiled food and angry customers. Faults in the equipment can mean an equally problematic lack of compliance.

Regardless if you maintain your fleet, or outsource your work, you need a fleet that is available, compliant and safe for use. Join us as we delve into the world of equipment maintenance and study key aspects such as DOT and FSMA focused preventative maintenance, washes, documentation and repair work, as well as cost saving ways to increase equipment uptime and availability and an understanding of management needs for warehouse equipment.

Key Takeaways:
  • Understand methods to manage and document fleet repairs, washes and preventative maintenance for DOT and FSMA compliance and overall up-time, costs and service;
  • Understand what business intelligence can do to predict and avoid costly breakdowns;
  • Understand the impact and means of managing warehouse equipment
  • Understand and work with needs surrounding equipment obsolescence

Can You Afford not to Invest in the Latest Technology? Don’t Get Left Behind.

Speakers: Sean Jones, Eby-Brown and Jack Powell, PFG

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

Freight Marketplace Challenges and Solution Options

Speakers: Ellen Voie, Women in Trucking
Charles Bergevin, Uber Freight
Phillip Lamb, FAB

Based on the driver shortage and the availability to get loads transported in various lanes, freight prices are on the rise.  The result is increased cost in the supply chain and poor performance in dropped or late loads.  Understanding these factors and the resulting issues, this session will bring in thought leaders and service providers who are looking forward to the future and possible solutions to freight challenges.

At the end of session, attendees will be able to:
  • Understand what causes underlie the driver shortage
  • Understand the factors behind rising freight rates and lower freight performance
  • Identify solutions and opportunities to mitigate rising freight rates