We are thrilled to once again sponsor the NRA’s Supply Chain Executive Study Group. At this event, our CTO, Vishy Visweswaran will get the opportunity to connect with our community – our customers, partners and colleagues to dive deeply into the issues that face the food service industry from distribution challenges to commodity strategies to assured supply and safety. It is the perfect mixing bowl to stir innovation and blend best practices from experts in the field. We listen, we share and always leave motivated to solve the pain points facing restaurant supply chain today!
This year’s agenda has something for everyone. We hope to see you there!
Tuesday, Oct. 23
|4 p.m.||Registration Opens|
|6:30 p.m.||Opening Reception|
Wednesday, Oct. 24
|7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.||Breakfast|
|8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.||Welcome & Opening Remarks|
|8:45 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.||Government Affairs Affecting the Restaurant Industry|
Clark Davis, Government Relations Manager, Brinker International
Travis Doster, Senior Director, Public Relations, Texas Roadhouse
Government Relations leaders from both the operator and supplier side will discuss top policy and legislative issues that affect the restaurant industry at the federal and state levels. Topics include the impact of restaurants tariffs on pricing and product availability, as well as potential legislation regarding sustainable packaging, immigration policies and minimum wage.
|9:35 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.||Best Practices & Winning Models of Strategic Distribution Relationships|
|Moderator: Brian Walker, Director, Distribution & Logistics, Panera Bread
|10:25 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.||Networking Break|
|10:55 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.||GS1 and Blockchain Traceability Collaboration|
|Moderator: Mike Schwartz, Vice President, Member Value, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA)
Angela Fernandez, Vice President, Retail Grocery and Foodservice, GS1 US
Jay Williams, Founder, CTO & Managing Partner, Williams Technology Group
Rick Buttner, Director, Quality & Supply Chain Risk, Independent Purchasing Cooperative (SUBWAY)
Matt Cosson, Senior Vice President, Distribution & Logistics, ARCOP (Arby’s Supply Chain Coop)
Jay Overstreet, Director, Supply Chain, Chick-fil-A, Inc.
|12:10 p.m. – 1 p.m.||Lunch|
|1 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.||Benefits of Working with Non-Governmental Organizations|
|Moderator: Mark Smith, Chief Procurement Officer, Centralized Supply Chain Services, LLC
Bill Herzig, Vice President, Global Aquaculture Alliance
Other Panelists TBA
|1:50 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.||Breakout Sessions|
|You’ll have the opportunity to visit one of the three breakout sessions below.
1. Common Supply Chain Mistakes to Avoid
2. The Journey of Leadership
3. Skills you need to Succeed as a Category Manager
|3:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.||Keynote Presentation: Shift Your Brillance: Leading Amidst Uncertainty|
|Speaker: Simon T. Bailey, Innovator, Educator & Writer
What you’ll learn: