Best Practices For Today’s Times

Your guide to the International Foodservice Distributor Association’s annual event.

General Sessions

Get answers from industry leaders in educational sessions.

Sunday Opening Session with Forbes Publisher and Author Rich Karlgaard

Entrepreneur Rich Karlgaard shares cutting edge perspectives on technology, economic development and the future in his monthly “Digital Rules” column. The ’09 conference opens with an engaging message from the publisher of the world’s most popular business and financial magazine.

Closing Session with Hall of Fame Washington Redskin Darrell Green

A legendary cornerback, proponent of youth development, and once the fastest man in the NFL, Darrell Green was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2008 in his first year of eligibility. One of the most respected men to ever play the game, Green will share his message on integrity, civic duty, personal responsibility, commitment and diligence.


The industry’s hottest topics come together in one educational forum.

Operations Track:

  • Key Methods to Increase Throughput
  • Optimizing Your Operation in a Downturn
  • Ways to Optimize the Energy Performance of Your Distribution Center
  • To Be or Not To Be: Selecting a Labor Management System
  • Supply Chain Collaboration in a Perfect World

Transportation Track:

  • Determining the ROI of Leasing vs.Owning
  • How Sustainable Efforts in Your Fleet Affect Your Bottom Line
  • How to Spec Your Tractor/Trailer for Energy Efficiency and Control
  • Life Cycle Costing
  • Driver Safety

Human Resources Track:

  • Using Selection Instruments to Improve Hiring
  • Taming the “Lead Foot”: Train Your Drivers on Fuel Efficiency
  • Making a Connection: Effective Assessments of Employee Opinions
  • Legislative Update
  • Supervisor Training

Information Technology Track:

  • Aligning IT with Business Strategies
  • Decentralized vs. Centralized IT
  • (Expo Session) The Right Steps to Paperless Delivery
  • (Expo Session) Routing Technology Updates
  • (Expo Session) Improvements Made Using Voice Technology and Scanning:
  • Actual Results

Supply Chain Track:

  • Inventory Management Methods to Better Influence Purchasing
  • Ways to Optimize the Energy Performance of Your Distribution Center
  • Supply Chain Collaboration in a Perfect World
  • Bridging the Gap between Purchasing and Operations
  • Traceability: An Industry-Led Initiative

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