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IFDA Learning Exchanges

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June 24-25, 2024

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The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, LA


While agendas change from meeting to meeting according to what’s top-of-mind for participants, below are examples of what participants have discussed at previous Learning Exchange meetings.


  • Grappling with near-and long-term inflation
  • Pay structure and incentives
  • Business Intelligence uses and integrations
  • Top financial KPIs for executive dashboards
  • Effective forecasting tools
  • Vendor fee collection processes and software
  • Accounts receivable/payable automation solutions
  • Tackling aged accounts

  • Creative ways to handle driver shortages
  • Motivating warehouse employees
  • Addressing absenteeism
  • Creative scheduling – eliminate night shift, longer or shorter shifts, etc.
  • Pre-employment screening practices
  • Recruiting Gen Z
  • Creative benefits to boost retention

  • Use of Artificial Intelligence
  • IT security for remote employees
  • Cybersecurity
  • Warehouse robotics and automation
  • Cloud-based vs onsite data storage
  • ERP upgrades and integration
  • On-truck technology 
  • Choosing and installing new technology

  • Building expansion lessons learned
  • Slotting processes and best practices
  • Proper temperature and product separation on routes
  • Solutions for reducing picking errors
  • Order tracking
  • DOT audits