IFDA Webinars

IFDA Webinars address a variety of cutting-edge topics, giving you insights from the convenience of your desktop. The expert resources featured in our webinars include distributor peers, consultants, IFDA legal counsel, and IFDA staff. The format includes a visual presentation with live audio from the presenter, and allows for questions from attendees during the presentation or in a Q & A at the conclusion. You must be an IFDA Member to watch the webinars.

Sysco’s Distracted Driving Program: What’s Worked, What Hasn’t & How They Got Everyone Bought In

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To combat rising collision rates linked to behind-the-wheel cell-phone use, Sysco developed and launched a company-wide Distracted Driving Awareness & Prevention Program. The challenge? Finding the delicate balance between positive recognition and disciplinary action to reinforce a safety culture and eliminate risky driving behaviors.
In this webinar, you’ll hear from Sysco’s Senior Field Safety Manager on how they built and rolled out the program, as well as conquered challenges like overcoming internal pushback to establish a “living and breathing” policy that keeps drivers engaged and the brand intact.
You’ll learn:

  • How to effectively roll out a distracted driving program
  • How to get drivers and senior leadership to adopt a company-wide policy
  • How to measure success and prove the ROI of your program

Registration for this webinar is free.

Roger Adams, Senior Field Safety Manager – Transportation, Sysco Corporation
Patrick Mahan, Senior Client Success Manager, Lytx

New Tools to Transform Power Costs into Revenue

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Title-Slide-Snip.PNGPower purchases have historically had few options and energy continues to be one of foodservice distributors’ highest operating expenses. Today utilities are experiencing costly challenges on the power grid that are creating new opportunities for commercial and industrial energy customers. Simultaneously, new energy storage and efficiency technologies have been developed for cold storage facilities that not only enable cost avoidance but can now generate multiple revenue streams. This webinar will provide specific examples of:

  • Grid challenges creating new opportunities
  • New enabling technologies
  • Multiple new energy purchasing strategies
  • Successful technology implementations (Sysco, Americold, independent distributors, frozen food processors, and foodbanks)

Learn how these grid challenges and new technologies provide foodservice distributors more energy management strategies that fundamentally change energy cost structures and create new revenue streams.

Registration for this webinar is free. Viking Cold Solutions is a a Select Sponsor and Allied Member of IFDA.

Collin Coker, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Viking Cold Solutions

Addressing Today's Transportation Challenges

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
2 p.m. ET

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Transportation challenges are top of mind for foodservice distribution industry professionals. Join our free member webinar, where Paul Mugerditchian, President of Dot Transportation, Inc., will share strategies and insight, addressing what Dot is doing, what you can do, and how we can help each other.
Registration is exclusive to IFDA members.

Paul has worked for Dot Foods and Dot Transportation since 2001 in various roles, including President of DTI since 2008. Dot Transportation is 22nd on the list of the top private fleets in America and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dot Foods, Inc. Prior to joining Dot/DTI, Paul worked in the financial industry for 20 years. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Economics.

This webinar is a free, exclusive IFDA member benefit.

Paul Mugerditchian, President, Dot Transportation, Inc.

Recruiting the Future:Insight from College Students on Attracting and Retaining Talent

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Tight labor markets can be deceiving. It is not only about getting enough workers, it is about getting enough workers with the right skill sets and determining how necessary skill sets can be developed in your workforce to ensure sustainable success. Given the labor market, changing demographics, and IFDA’s goals to support diversity and inclusion among its members, we sought to hear from the target market of college students about their desires, hopes, and fears as they explore career options. This webinar provides insights directly from college students on their career preparation, what factors they value when seeking employment, and their awareness and interest in the foodservice distribution industry.

State of the Industry - Update and Outlook 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET

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The foodservice industry is a rapidly evolving space that savvy foodservice distributors follow closely. Technomic Principal Wade Hanson provides an update on the state of the industry and topline trends, including:

  • Aspects and indicators in the nation's economy that are influencing consumer behavior and the foodservice operating environment.
  • Current and forecasted foodservice segment performance.
  • Labor market trends that are challenging to foodservice operators.
  • How corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability have become a consumer expectation that restaurant operators are challenged to understand and meet.
  • How increases in consumer use of restaurant delivery - especially third-party delivery services - are changing foodservice operations, from staffing and menu-mix, to packaging products and customer service.
  • How the current and future role of the DSR is changing to keep up with the evolving needs and preferences of restaurant operators.

This webinar is a free, exclusive IFDA member benefit.

Wade Hanson, Principal, Technomic

Government Relations Midyear Update Webinar

June 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm., 2019 ET

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Find out what’s in store for distributors from Washington for the next 6 months. This webinar, hosted by IFDA Sr. Vice President, Government Relations Jon Eisen, will outline the latest legislative and regulatory developments on the DRIVE-Safe Act, hours of service, the National Labor Relations Board, overtime and other issues of importance to foodservice distributors.  It will also look ahead to what distributors can expect from Washington in the second half of the year as well as providing an early bird look at the 2020 elections. 

The 6 Skills of Every Exceptional Leader Webinar

June 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm. ET

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Everyone thinks they know what makes a successful leader. There are six skill sets proven to be effective in navigating the corporate structure, becoming a high performer, and advancing your career.
Join us for an honest conversation with industry leader Cindy Thomson, President of Sysco Sacramento, on the diverse set of experiences she gained throughout her career at Sysco that earned her the role of President. We’ll explore the behavioral shifts required to demonstrate the six leadership skills to elevate your career. This webinar is part of the ongoing efforts by the IFDA Women in Foodservice Distribution Leadership Committee to provide our industry, particularly women, with leadership development education and opportunities.
This webinar will be moderated by Gretchen Sussman, Managing Director of the Food & Hospitality Practice at Root Inc., the leaders in organizational change.
In this highly interactive experience, you’ll gain six insights to help you elevate your career.

Navigating the Crest: Economic Outlook 2019 and Beyond  

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET

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What impact will we see from trade tariffs? What is the long-term outlook for foodservice sales? Where is the labor market heading? These questions and more will be answered in IFDA's annual economic outlook webinar.

Taylor St. Germain, economic analyst with ITR Economics, will cover what to expect from the economy this year and beyond, covering such topics as industry and consumer trends, business to business activity, tax reform, tariffs and trade, inflation, interest rates and more. The presentation will offer a deep-dive into the key economic indicators that influence the foodservice distributor operating environment, and learn about a method by which their company can take advantage of their own data and the economic environment. Using rate-of-change calculations, the audience will find out how to identify where they are in the business cycle and which key leading indicators should inform their business strategy to help them to make the right decisions at the right time. Key takeaways include:

  • A clear vision for the economic future in 2019 and beyond
  • Understanding the impact of government policy on the economy
  • Profitability expectations

ITR Economics also produces IFDA's quarterly economic reports. This webinar is free to all IFDA members.

Taylor St. Germain, Economic Analyst, ITR Economics

IFDA Vendor Agreement Standardization: Mitigating Complexity  

Monday, August 27, 2018
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET

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The lack of standardization of vendor agreements and processes among manufacturers, operators and distributors is a challenge that impacts many IFDA members. Contracts between manufacturers and operators generate unintended, but significant, complexities for distributors and unnecessary waste of resources throughout the value chain. To address this challenge, IFDA has led the development of a best-practice template that establishes a voluntary industry standard for information to be included in these vendor agreements. IFDA commissioned trading-partner collaboration experts Kinetic12 to conduct interviews with foodservice distributor, operator and supplier companies to facilitate information exchange and create the template. Webinar participants will gain a baseline understanding of the impact of inefficient vendor agreements and how to improve the process. This webinar is for IFDA-members only.

Art Bell, Partner, Kinetic12
Jeff Schroeder, Managing Partner, Kinetic12

Moving From a Pass Through to a C Corporation

Monday, March 12, 2018

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Given the new tax law’s treatment of C corporations and pass through entities,  many companies are examining the consequences of altering their status going forward. IFDA hosted a webinar led by Gary Wallace, Partner of Keiter CPA’s to help member companies understand the potential impact of moving from a pass through to a C corporation. The webinar helped participants understand the difference in the treatment of C corps and pass throughs in the new tax law, the process and requirements for converting to a C corp, and the impact on generational transfers and potential sales of a business.

Gary Wallace, Tax Partner at Keiter CPA’s in Richmond, VA
Keiter is the parent company of Keiter Stephens Advisors, a foodservice distribution M&A Specialist