The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) announced that expo floor space for the 2017 IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference (DSC) is sold out. This foodservice distribution industry trade show takes place October 15–17, 2017 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill MD. IFDA has greatly expanded the expo over 2016 to nearly 40,000 square feet, the largest expo hall in the history of the DSC.
The nation’s largest stage for foodservice distribution innovation, the DSC brings together the best and brightest in the industry to experience the latest products and services supporting distribution center and transportation operations. DSC also features a full agenda of general sessions and educational workshops, professional development and networking opportunities.
“Our goal is to deliver an event that exceeds expectations and provides insights for people who are focused on the operations side of foodservice distribution,” said Mark Allen, President and CEO of IFDA. “The DSC provides a platform for types of distributors in the industry to find the connections and resources they need to improve the effectiveness of their operations, explore the latest trends, and ultimately better serve their customers.”
Key conference highlights include:
•Leading keynote speakers—General Stanley McChrystal; Robert Stephens, Geek Squad founder and former CTO of Best Buy; Herman Edwards, former head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets; and Aron Ralston, adventurer and subject of the film “127 Hours.”
•The C-Suite Perspective on Foodservice Distribution—Moderated by John Tracy, executive chairman, Dot Foods Inc, industry leaders Andy Mercier, president and CEO, Merchants Foodservice; Nicole Mouskondis, co-CEO, Nicholas & Company Inc; and Tom Zatina, president, McLane Foodservice Distribution Inc will share their perspectives on what it takes to win in today’s marketplace, and the role operations will play in the industry’s future.
•Educational workshops—The largest selection of foodservice distribution educational opportunities including the latest insights into talent and human resources, warehousing, transportation, technology, and regulatory compliance.
•Exhibit hall—The exhibit hall features 156 exhibitors across nearly 40,000 square feet.
•The JUMP START Program—Held in conjunction with the DSC, this program helps rising supervisors in foodservice distribution develop and improve management and leadership skills.
•The Industry’s Best Networking—From the Women in Foodservice Power Breakfast to daily receptions, this event provides opportunities to make the connections to succeed.
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Registration will be available on-site.