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PLM exhibits at IFDA Distributution Solutions Conference

Dec 11, 2018
Oct 22, 2018
PLM will be among the exhibitors at the International Foodservice Distribution Association's annual Distribution Solutions Conference.  This year, the event is poised to have the highest number of attendees in history.  Visit PLM at booth 328 for more information on our comprehensive fleet management solutions that can optimize your refrigerated fleet.
IFDA Distribution Conference
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX
Sun. 10/28 - Wed. 10/31
In addition, PLM will be participating in several educational sessions throughout the event.

Monday, October 29 -
 Best Practices for Temperature Monitoring - Warehouse & Delivery
Throughout the supply chain, there has been a growing demand for more transparency from both regulatory compliance and the customer. Presenters will address how FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation of Food Act impacts trucking and warehouse operations.  The presenters will discuss approaches to the distribution route and training requirements for drivers and warehouse workers that address regulatory compliance and industry best practices.  Additionally, presenters will examine best practices for maintaining and monitoring temperatures during the delivery process.  Finally, presenters will discuss technologies that help drive proof of delivery and understand how this information is being relayed to customers.

Key Takeaways:
  • The Responsibilities of the company under the final FSMA act rules regarding employee training.
  • Awareness of Potential Food Safety Problems that may occur in the warehouse.
  • Basic Sanitary Transportation Practices
  • The best practices in maintaining temperatures in the different zones of the truck during the various seasons.
  • The software available for monitoring temperatures and the best practices for reviewing this information.
  • How to best present this information-if needed-to customers.
  • GAP Analysis Tool for Standard Operation Procedures (SOP)

Turning Information into Action: Big Data and IoT in the Real World

Is big data crushing you?  Is your investment in technology becoming obsolete after you deploy it in the supply chain.  Learn how to use little data for big results. How can you look for alternative financial ways to deploy technology and get what you want - access to information and not investments in hardware

IoT allows you to create opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer based systems resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefits.   Examples are tractor trailers with live feeds of activity around you protecting the delivery driver, forklifts integrating with scanning technology, and mobile enabled drivers communicating simultaneously with both the home office and customer. It can also provide logistic and fleet management and immediate safety and road assistance.

At the end of session, attendees will be able to:
  • Learn what to measure from your technology and how to use those results
  • Understand expectations for technology vendor engagement
  • Explore alternative sources for gaining access to information, rather than owning the hardware
Tuesday, October 30 -

Blockchain: Part 1 - What’s It All About?

Blockchain. It’s all the buzz. Designed for transparency, accuracy and security, Blockchain stands ready to revolutionize the way information moves and is processed worldwide. Implications for food management are astounding and in include positive benefits for safety and product integrity through real-time farm-to-fork tracing of food products, benefits for data security and and benefits for finance through near instantaneous passage of financial data.

It’s time to get ahead of the curve. Are you ready? Join IFDA members and industry leaders for an introductory course designed to set the foundation for understanding Blockchain terminology, players and most importantly the real-world applications and benefits. This session is part-one of a a two-part series designed to demystify one of the biggest technical advancements to hit the foodservice industry.

Key Takeaways:
  • Blockchain’s key terms, concepts and players;
  • Impact Blockchain will have on food safety, data integrity and data security both now and in the future;
  • Downsides of of not deploying Blockchain:
  • Real-world uses for Blockchain and what could it look like in your company:
  • Connection points from Blockchain into the food supply through IoT, digital ledgers and more.


Blockchain: Part 2 - Succeeding with Blockchain

Now you know the basics and understand the value of Blockchain and its place in the food supply chain. Next come the bigger questions. How do you keep step with your customers and meet the needs of your prospects through Blockchain? How do you successfully apply Blockchain to your operation? In short, where do you start?

Catch our panel of experts, representing a wide range of industry members and technology providers, as they delve into the reality of Blockchain and examine ways you can work closer with your customers and prospects to stay on top of the Blockchain wave. This session is part-two of a a two-part series designed to help your business successfully start with one of the biggest technical advancements to hit the foodservice industry.

Key Takeaways:
  • How to support your customers through Blockchain
  • Where and how to start implementing Blockchain
  • IT investments, needs and resources needed for Blockchain deployment
  • Lessons learned in implementing Blockchain
  • Answers to other key questions submitted by our planning council's distributors