Schedule

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

Welcome Remarks and Opening

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Opening General Session: E+SD Industry Landscape Overview: AIM Act Impact on our Industry and New Regulatory Standards and their Impact on Your Store

Overview of the impact of the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act and new regulatory standards on stores. This opening general session will bring together several key voices to level-set attendees’ understanding before diving deeper into specific sessions each day on this important piece of legislation.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Break

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Breakout Session: The Future of Store Development: Case Studies

Grocery has reached an inflection point – it's the store of tomorrow: converging shopping technologies enables an integrated physical to virtual eCommerce grocery experience. This session will consider how shoppers can transform their virtual and in-store choices and journey based upon their needs. The discussion will revolve around topics such as convenience, friction-less contactless shopping and value propositions for both the consumer and the retailer point of view.  
Speakers:
  • Juan Romero - President & CEO, api(+)
  • Steve Duffy - Sr. Vice President of Design, Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, Engineers, Planners

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Breakout Session: AIM Act Deep Dive: State and Federal

2021 is going to be a transitional year for federal and state regulations that govern commercial refrigeration and AC applications. At the federal level, the AIM Act has given the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to phase down the consumption and production of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants and establish sector-based controls. States, including California are moving forward with their own HFD phase-down mandates. This session will help to contextualize these regulations and will offer key insights into how they impact your business.  

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Breakout Session: GreenChill Sustainability Solutions

Each year, selected GreenChill Partners are presented with awards that recognize their efforts towards reducing refrigerant emissions. Several EPA GreenChill food retailer award recipients will showcase their efforts to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. 

Speakers:
  • Kirsten Cappel - Lead, EPA GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Break

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

General Session: Managing Resources and Inventory Availability Across the Global Supply Chain

Global supply chain markets are highly volatile and are constantly subject to change. This session will explore the challenges the food retail industry section faces and discuss how to best plan and executive a successful global supply chain considering the long-term inventory issues facing companies.

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Break

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Spotlight Solutions Sessions: The Future of Store Design

Spotlight on The Future of Store Design  

Sponsors taking part in the Solution Spotlight Session Partner level of sponsorship may share non-commercial ideas in one of our three Solution Spotlight Sessions. These sessions are composed of four 5-minute virtual presentations focused on supply chain topics of interest to the food retail industry. 

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

General Session: Evolution of Omnichannel Strategy: Best Practices for Implementation

One thing is very clear, online shopping is here to stay. This session is focused on the adjustments that can be made to your store design to increase efficiency in the face of increased ecommerce. 
 
Speakers:
  • Neil Stern - CEO, Good Food Holdings
  • Amanda Lai - Senior Manager and Food Retail Practice Lead, McMillanDoolittle

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

Break

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Breakout Session: Store Tour with the Ratio Institute

This session will offer insights into how to make sustainability part of your strategic decision making to help reduce operating costs and increase profitability. Speakers from the Ratio Institute will provide a virtual comparison of store practices to help get you started.  
Speakers:

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Breakout Session: AIM Act Deep Dive: Store Layout/Design: Addressing Refrigeration Impact and Challenges

Attendees will learn about the key points of meeting these new regulations and understanding the impacts on store and equipment design, training, and maintenance.  

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Breakout Session: Renewable Energy Procurement

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Break

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Spotlight Solution Sessions: Improving Energy Performance

Spotlight on Improving Energy Performance  

Sponsors taking part in the Solution Spotlight Session Partner level of sponsorship may share non-commercial ideas in one of our three Solution Spotlight Sessions. These sessions are composed of four 5-minute virtual presentations focused on supply chain topics of interest to the food retail industry. 

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Open Networking Lounge

Networking Lounges provide an opportunity for attendees to gather in a virtual meeting space to discuss specific topics of interest or engage in networking activities. 

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

General Session: Workforce Development Panel

The entire food retail workforce has gone through major shifts during COVID-19. From the office to the front lines of the grocery store or in factories making the necessary components to keep our stores running. The pandemic changed the way we work and has caused all of us to look at what work looks like today and tomorrow, while adapting to the coming trends. The discussion during this session will focus on what your business needs to do to prepare and thrive in this new environment.  

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

Break

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Breakout Session: Net Zero Operations: Is it Real, Who is doing it, we need details!

Attendees of this session will learn about how companies are explaining their strategies working towards resilience in a net zero world and to help create sustainable policies.  
Speakers:
  • Tim Greiner - Managing Director, Pure Strategies
  • Brad Morris - Senior Manager, Engineering and Energy, Giant Eagle, Inc.

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Breakout Session: AIM Act Deep Dive: What refrigerants are available to meet the new refrigeration designs

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Break

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Spotlight Solutions Sessions: Refrigeration Innovations

Spotlight on Refrigeration Innovations Solutions Sessions  

Sponsors taking part in the Solution Spotlight Session Partner level of sponsorship may share non-commercial ideas in one of our Solution Spotlight Sessions. These sessions are composed of four 5-minute virtual presentations focused on topics of interest to the food retail industry. 

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Break

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Open Networking Lounge

Networking Lounges provide an opportunity for attendees to gather in a virtual meeting space to discuss specific topics of interest or engage in networking activities.