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Education Sessions

Education Sessions are 45-minute focused sessions based on the following four tracks: Transportation, HR/Legal, Engineering, and Cold Chain Solutions.

The following Education Sessions will take place on Tuesday, June 13.


CCS Education

IoT: A Quality, Logistics and Marketing Tool that Revolutionizes e-Grocery Sector
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Jeremy Laurens, Blulog, Sales & Marketing Director
W179(A), Level 1 West Building, McCormick Place

IoT technologies are one solution with the potential to counteract many of the largest challenges facing the e-groceries sector today. Analyzing and optimizing supply chain operations, ensuring food safety and simplifying logistics processes all contribute to the tool’s ability to bring innovation and better results to the market. Explore exciting IoT solutions currently on the market and how these technologies will help drive solutions to cold chain problems.

Factors in Designing and Building Food Facilities
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Karl Linck, Sargento, Vice President of Engineering
W179(A), Level 1 West Building, McCormick Place

Designing and building food facilities is a large venture when it comes to both time and financial investment. To be successful and efficient with available resources, while still making your customer happy, several cost considerations should come into play. Attend this session to learn about key drivers towards the high cost of food facilities, and various delivery methods for a facility considering impacts on cost and schedule. Finally, hear about how this ties in with FSMA and other regulatory and customer requirements.

Transforming Design of an International Avocado Provider
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Dana Thomas, Index Fresh, President
W179(A), Level 1 West Building, McCormick Place

After seeing tremendous growth over the past five years, Index Fresh, a global producer of avocados, partnered with Tippmann Innovation to build a facility that could embrace their need for increased capacity. Through the collaboration of these two companies and after a year of detailed design discussions, a state-of-the-art pre-conditioning facility was built. Hear from the President of Index Fresh as he outlines the need their company saw, the design that Tippmann Innovation responded with, and how their business is improving from this joint project.


Engineering Education

4Wheel Drive For Your Freezer: How Automated Shuttle Technology Can Lead to Better Product Quality & Happier Employees
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Andy Lockhart, TGW Systems, Inc., Vice President Sales Integrated Systems
W179(B), Level 1 West Building, McCormick Place

Realizing a fully automated logistics solution in a freezer environment is a tough job. Specific design is required to survive and thrive in this difficult temperature zone. Hear from automation experts to learn how they used technology to develop a system that guarantees the fully automated and energy efficient handling of our customer’s goods. Learn how your operation can accomplish short order lead times, perfect product quality, low TCO, as well as employee satisfaction.

Energy Efficiency Best Practices That Save You Money
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Jim Barron, RETA, Executive Director
Nick O’Neil, Energy 350, Project Manager
Paul Henningsen, Henningsen Cold Storage, COO
W179(B), Level 1 West Building, McCormick Place

Interested in saving energy at your facility but lack the capital budget to make big changes? Want to know more about energy efficiency best practices that improve operations while still retaining product quality and safety? Hear firsthand from refrigeration experts about easy, low- and no-cost energy efficiency improvements implemented at cold storage facilities. Presenters will give a brief overview of efficiency best practices and show real world examples of energy use before and after an energy efficiency activity was completed. Learn how having facility personnel certified as RETA Certified Refrigeration Energy Specialists (CRES) helps build talent that can increase your net margins and bring even more value to your company.

TYCO Quell Fire Protection System Brings New Design & Construction Options
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Michael Lynch, United States Cold Storage, Vice President of Engineering
Matthew Hirsch, Primus Builders Inc., President
W179(B), Level 1 West Building, McCormick Place

The TYCO Quell fire protection system has had a significant impact on the cold storage industry. In the past, 3PLs relied on systems that required in-rack sprinklers and anti-freeze. The TYCO Quell system requires neither, and as a result, cold storage warehouses can have higher roof and storage heights and different racking configurations. United States Cold Storage (USCS) has implemented the system on their facility expansion in Quakertown, PA. Join USCS Vice President of Engineering Mike Lynch and Primus Builders President Matt Hirsch as they discuss the impact TYCO Quell has had on design and construction options for cold storage warehouses.


HR Education

Best Practices for Recruiting & Retaining Your Talent
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Jeremy Lurey, Plus Delta Consulting LLC, President & CEO
W180, Level 1 West Building, McCormick Place

Recruiting and retaining a quality workforce is a challenge for warehouses across the world. In a specialized and often difficult environment, refrigerated warehousing jobs can be stressful and demanding for even the most dedicated employees. So how do we attract new employees to join our companies under these difficult conditions? Maybe more importantly, how do we retain them once they are on board? Join us for this engaging education session as we take a look at several best practices for recruiting and retaining your warehouse talent.

The Keys to Remaining Union Free
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Ross Gardner, Jackson Lewis P.C., Principal
W180, Level 1 West Building, McCormick Place

Join this session to get an update on union organizing activity in the two years following the implementation of the “Quickie Election” order. GCCA service partner Jackson Lewis PC will highlight and analyze the common pitfalls that trigger union activity. Prepare yourself with these tips for identifying early signs of union organizing, and proactive recommendations to improve your chances of remaining union-free will also be shared.

Case Studies in Warehouse and Employee Law
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

John Horvath, Horvath & Weaver P.C., Attorney
Joe Howard, Lockton Companies, LLC, Senior Vice President
Paige Lowder, Lockton Companies, LLC, Account Executive
W180, Level 1 West Building, McCormick Place

One key to avoiding and properly handling customer claims is to learn from the experience of other warehouse operators. Hear from legal expert John Horvath of GCCA's warehouse legal service provider Horvath & Weaver, P.C., as he discusses lessons learned from warehouse legal cases and issues. Also in this session, learn how cases in employee law could be relevant to your operation. Hear from Paige Lowder and Joe Howard as they explore past cases, and ensure your company is prepared to respond in the face of a similar situation.


Transportation Education

Refrigerated Truck Market Capacity
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Bob Costello, American Trucking Associations, Chief Economist & Senior Vice President
W178(A), Level 1 West Building, McCormick Place

The refrigerated and frozen trucking industry is a vital part of our economy and our quality of life. In order to better understand the size of this sector as well as the size of various sectors within the broader trucking industry, the American Trucking Associations developed a modeling technique to gather this quantifiable data. Overall, the results of the study allow fleets to determine new markets to purse, industry suppliers can ascertain their penetration into markets they hadn’t considered, and warehouses can use it to determine if there are new products and customers to pursue. Hear about the detailed findings of this study and how it will grow to be even more comprehensive in the next edition.

FSMA Preventative Controls and Sanitary Transportation of Food: Keeping Food Safe Throughout the Cold Chain
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Don Durm, PLM, Vice President Customer Solutions
Cornelius Hugo, AIB International, Food Safety Professional
Lowell Randel, Global Cold Chain Alliance, Vice President of Government & Legal Affairs
W178(A), Level 1 West Building, McCormick Place

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act regulations on preventative controls and sanitary transportation of food are officially in effect. These rules and regulations will impact food facilities and those involved in shipping, loading, carrying and receiving food across the supply chain. Explore industry best practices that can help you maintain compliance and promote the safe production, storage and transportation of perishable commodities.

The Origins of Fresh: Best Practices for Getting Food from Farm to Fork
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Tom Smith, California Giant Berry Farms, Director of Foodservice
Amy Childress, Emerson Cargo Solutions, Vice President Marketing
W178(A), Level 1 West Building, McCormick Place

Perishable food distribution is complex, with many transfer points. If a temperature issue occurs in any segment, food quality and safety is compromised, shrink occurs, and brands suffer. This session will examine the Origins of Fresh by reviewing best practices for each distinct segment of the cold chain. Learn how the Internet of Things is poised to have a major impact on how perishables are monitored in the supply chain.


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If your business is in any way related to the perishables industry, the Global Cold Chain Expo is a can’t-miss event.

Angelo Antoci
President, U.S. Growers Cold Storage, Inc. 

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