European Cold Chain Conference a success

The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) successfully hosted its 19th annual European Cold Chain Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands recently.

This conference welcomed more than 100 professionals from the warehousing, construction, and transportation branches of the cold chain industry, with 17 nations represented. A key venue for all cold chain stakeholders, the conference featured plenary sessions, breakout education presentations, networking events, and a tabletop exhibition.

Designed to address typical issues of each segment of the profession, this year’s program covered topics such as Energy Savings through Emerging Technologies, Transportation Trends and Claims, Cold Chain to Reduce Food Losses, Worker Health and Safety, and EU Government Affairs on the cost of border controls. Business and industry speakers from Europe and worldwide brought their expertise to the conference.

“The ‘Next Gen’ panel of future industry leaders was a favorite among the delegates and mine as well,” said Corey Rosenbusch, GCCA president and chief executive officer. “I continue to hear from members around the world that talent management is a top priority for them, and facilitating discussions with young professionals currently working in the industry gives us tremendous insight into how to attract and retain their peers.”

Julie Hanson, GCCA’s new European director, oversaw planning and execution of the conference. Moving forward in her role, she will concentrate on relationship-building and developing member benefits.

Hanson said, “My primary role is to reinforce the services tailored toward European members as an add-on to the existing GCCA global benefits portfolio, raise our brand awareness across the continent, and make sure our European network continues to grow and strengthen.”

Presentations from the 2016 conference are posted on the GCCA website. More details regarding the dates and location of GCCA’s 20th European Cold Chain Conference will be released shortly.

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