Warehouse Idea Exchange

Speaker: Jon Birdwell, Operations Manager, Ben E. Keith Foods

Every foodservice distributor has their own set of problems and difficulties that they feel are unique to their business. This round-table session will be an open discussion, facilitated by an industry veteran that allows all attendees to ask warehouse-focused questions and find out if their peers might have the answers they are looking for.

At the end of session, attendees will be able to:
  • Act on peer provided recommendations to common warehouse issues.      
  • Build a network of connections at other companies that you can leverage to work through similar challenges.
  • Identify solutions to real warehouse challenges.


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

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 Outside Talent

​(Understanding the factors of internal vs external talent searches.)

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


Slotting – Strategy and Benefits

Speakers: Charles Grissom, Optricity
Lindsay Olla, Optriciy

Slotting optimization is an opportunity for distributors to increase productivity and reduce labor expenses. In foodservice distribution, with the growing number of SKUs and the complexity of slotting rules, it is often best to use optimization tools to find and manage the biggest opportunities. This session reviews the slotting process from mapping to execution and will demonstrate the necessary moves to help distributors review, improve, and evaluate their slotting processes.

At the end of session, attendees will be able to:
  • Describe what it takes to start the slotting optimization process.
  • Recognize the different slotting rules and constraints that foodservice distributors face.
  • Evaluate the impact of slotting optimization


Sustainability and Renewable Technologies

Speakers: Brian Slepian, Diversegy, Inc.
Mike Ozermeral, 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
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.



Compensation Plans for Drivers

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


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