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  • General Session
  • Breakout Session
  • Other Activities

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Conference Registration

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Pre- Conference Committee Meeting

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Manufacturer/Retailer Exchange and Opening Reception

Meet leading suppliers of energy management, HVAC, refrigeration, design, construction and lighting systems. Discover potential business partners who can provide you with the resources and capabilities to remain competitive, cost-efficient and cutting-edge. Offered on two successive evenings.

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Conference Registration

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Breaking Ground and Building Opportunities

Energy and Store Development Conference chairs John Lerch of Weis Markets and Brad Morris of Giant Eagle, Inc. will set the stage for two days of networking and learning about the latest innovations and inspirations in store design, refrigeration and energy management.
Speakers:
  • John Lerch, CEP - Director, Energy and Facilities, Weis Markets, Inc.
  • Brad Morris - Senior Manager, Engineering and Energy, Giant Eagle, Inc.

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM

Opening Keynote: Fear Less, Do More

Change seems to be nearly the only constant in today's food retail world. We are being asked to do more things differently and more quickly than ever before. In the face of such disruption we can all feel at a loss for how to move forward. At root is often fear--of the unknown, failure, discomfort, etc. In this session Michelle Poler, creator of the project 100 Days Without Fear, will show you how to challenge your comfort zone and tap into your full potential. Learn to deal with the unknown, seek growth over safety and lead with accountability.
Speakers:

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Break

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Rising to the Challenge of the Supermarket's Future

The two most recent studies from the Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council have clearly outlined the risks supermarkets face from changing consumer habits, technology and emerging competition and the potential possibilities. What's clear is that traditional supermarket strengths are not enough and the future will require a blend of the traditional and technological worlds. The reports, created by retailers themselves, offer a vision of where the industry might be headed soon and what operators of all sizes need to consider to succeed. What's clear in the results is that major changes are coming for the everyday jobs of store designers, energy professionals and refrigeration experts. Learn how these forces will impact you and what you can be doing to prepare and prosper.

Speakers:
  • Michael Sansolo - Retail Food Industry Consultant and Research Director, Coca-Cola Retailing Research Councils of North and Latin America

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

(refrigeration) Refrigeration Contractors Installation and Service Best Practices

In a transitional time fueled by regulation updates and new technologies, the task of properly training refrigeration contractors is growing more complicated. Learn about a best practices training program developed by a retailer and supplier that is keeping contractors better trained. Explore a working syllabus that covers content training areas, such as installation, set-up service, and ongoing maintenance. Discover how these topics are being taught and how contractors are being certified.

*This session is also offered on 9/9/19, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Speakers:
  • Doug Milu - Refrigeration & Energy Program Manager, Publix Super Markets Inc.
  • Rusty Walker - Trainer, Learning Center Program, Hillphoenix, A Dover Company

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

(refrigeration) Current and Future Refrigeration Architecture

As refrigerant regulations become more stringent, understanding the pros and cons of alternative refrigeration architectures becomes increasingly important. Become familiar with alternatives to <150 GWP. Grasp the pros and cons of each architecture from the perspectives of both manufacturers and retailers. Consider the full impact of each alternative on retail operations.

*This session is also offered on 9/9/19, 1:00-2:00 p.m. 
Speakers:
  • Tim Anderson - Chief Engineer, Display Cases and Micro-Distributed Systems, Hussmann Corporation
  • Michael Lehtinen - Marketing and Business Development, Kysor/Warren
  • Andre Patenaude, C.E.T. - Director – Solutions Integration, Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

(energy) Turning Big Sustainability Goals from Scorecards into Bottom Line Results

In the landscape of sustainability reporting, how are corporate Environmental, Social and Governance or Corporate Social Responsibility goal sets evolving over time and what does leadership look like in goal setting for the retail space? How do you drive progress internally across your stores – beyond energy - and what value lies in the development and use of a scorecard?

Hear real world examples from a practitioner who has demonstrated the business value of sustainability with multi-million dollar investments and high levels of financial returns in sustainability. Learn how corporate goals are translated to and embedded in the operational culture in the store and the distribution center, how solid business cases are used to prioritize investments, how employees have a meaningful impact without any bulletin board mandates and how companies realize the value of their CSR investments in their bottom line.

Speakers:
  • Paul Crewe - Executive Director and Chief Sustainability Officer, Anthesis Group

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

(store development) Experiential Store Design*

Steve Jobs once said, “Design is a funny word. Some people think that design means how it looks. But of course if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.” Grocery store design is about how a store engages with people. It’s no secret that emotionally rich retail experiences drive customer engagement. But how do today’s top grocers create meaningful concepts that develop shopper-to-brand connections? Hear about approach, processes, best practices and what has and hasn’t worked. We’ll dig deep into the consumer mindset and what makes an impact to increase frequency of visits, drive word of mouth and social media marketing, and increase basket size.

*This session is also offered 9/9/19, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Speakers:

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

(store development) Transforming eGroceries from the Inside Out: Microfulfillment*

One option for solving the fulfillment challenges of ecommerce is microfulfillment at store level, where automated robotic equipment is used in-store to leverage both automation and hyper-local operations. Takeoff Technologies launched the world's first robotic supermarket in Miami at the end of 2018 and has since deployed additional micro-fulfillment sites across the US in partnership with large grocery chains. Learn how these operations are transforming the economics of omnichannel.

*This session is also offered 9/9/19, 1:00-2:00 p.m. 
Speakers:
  • Curt Avallone - Chief Business Officer, Takeoff Technologies, Inc.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

(refrigeration) Refrigeration Contractors Installation and Service Best Practices

In a transitional time fueled by regulation updates and new technologies, the task of properly training refrigeration contractors is growing more complicated. Learn about a best practices training program developed by a retailer and supplier that is keeping contractors better trained. Explore a working syllabus that covers content training areas, such as installation, set-up service, and ongoing maintenance. Discover how these topics are being taught and how contractors are being certified.

*This session is also offered on 9/9/19, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Speakers:
  • Doug Milu - Refrigeration & Energy Program Manager, Publix Super Markets Inc.
  • Rusty Walker - Trainer, Learning Center Program, Hillphoenix, A Dover Company

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

(refrigeration) Current and Future Refrigeration Architecture

As refrigerant regulations become more stringent, understanding the pros and cons of alternative refrigeration architectures becomes increasingly important. Become familiar with alternatives to <150 GWP. Grasp the pros and cons of each architecture from the perspectives of both manufacturers and retailers. Consider the full impact of each alternative on retail operations.

*This session is also offered on 9/9/19, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
Speakers:
  • Tim Anderson - Chief Engineer, Display Cases and Micro-Distributed Systems, Hussmann Corporation
  • Michael Lehtinen - Marketing and Business Development, Kysor/Warren
  • Andre Patenaude, C.E.T. - Director – Solutions Integration, Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

(energy) Energy Procurement: Ins and Outs of Contracts

Learn best practices for energy contracts. Understand how to use price vs. cost comparisons to navigate options. Explore the use of benchmarks to meaningfully evaluate and communicate results.
Speakers:
  • Sarah Johnston - Client Portfolio Commodity Services Director, Calpine Energy Solutions

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

(store development) Experiential Store Design*

Steve Jobs once said, “Design is a funny word. Some people think that design means how it looks. But of course if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.” Grocery store design is about how a store engages with people. It’s no secret that emotionally rich retail experiences drive customer engagement. But how do today’s top grocers create meaningful concepts that develop shopper-to-brand connections? Hear about approach, processes, best practices and what has and hasn’t worked. We’ll dig deep into the consumer mindset and what makes an impact to increase frequency of visits, drive word of mouth and social media marketing, and increase basket size.

*This session is also offered 9/9/19, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Speakers:

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

(store development) Transforming eGroceries from the Inside Out: Microfulfillment*

One option for solving the fulfillment challenges of ecommerce is microfulfillment at store level, where automated robotic equipment is used in-store to leverage both automation and hyper-local operations. Takeoff Technologies launched the world's first robotic supermarket in Miami at the end of 2018 and has since deployed additional micro-fulfillment sites across the US in partnership with large grocery chains. Learn how these operations are transforming the economics of omnichannel.

*This session is also offered 9/9/19, 11:00-12:00 p.m. 
Speakers:
  • Curt Avallone - Chief Business Officer, Takeoff Technologies, Inc.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Break

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Harnessing the Potential of IoT and Next Generation 5G

We’ve been hearing lots of buzz about the possibilities of the Internet of Things(IoT) that will be realized as new 5G wireless capabilities become available. But what’s real and what’s hype? How is IoT impacting the day to day operations of the food retail infrastructure now and what is possible in the future? In this session, case studies of existing projects impacting cold chain, food waste to energy, water use and other operational challenges will be shared. Learn how IoT is changing retail operations today and what’s coming soon.
Speakers:
  • Sandy Verma - Global Director Strategy and Development, AT&T IoT Solutions

3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Manufacturer/Retailer Exchange and Reception

Take advantage of another opportunity to meet leading suppliers of energy management, HVAC, refrigeration, design, construction and lighting systems. Discover potential business partners who can provide you with the resources and capabilities to remain competitive, cost-efficient and cutting-edge. 

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

GreenChill Achievement Recognition Ceremony and Breakfast

EPA will host the GreenChill Partnership’s annual Achievement Recognition event. GreenChill partners represent approximately 30% of U.S. supermarkets, allowing the partners to benchmark their refrigerant management performance versus each other and the industry. Join us in congratulating this year’s winners. Come learn about best-in-class refrigerant emissions rate reductions, emissions prevention in new store construction, and emissions rates for advanced refrigeration technologies.

Speakers:
  • Tom Land - GreenChill Partnership Program Manager, Stratospheric Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Registration

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

The Magic of Retail Bonfires: A Comprehensive Look at Store Design

Not a day goes by that we don’t read about some new start up company, app, service or technology that is going to disrupt, if not wipe out, another established industry. We’ve seen it happen to newspapers, department stores, bookstores, network TV, movie theaters, music producers, travel agencies, taxis and other industries, but the question on many of our minds today is whether or not grocery stores are next? Many astute leaders already see the writing on the wall and realize that we can longer afford to just sit on the sidelines and wait for the storm to pass. This is not a seasonal storm but really a new climate of increasing competition within an atmosphere of relentless experimentation and innovation. So how do we compete against this infiltration of retail giants and tech-disrupters? What areas can we win on? What areas do we have to let go? And most importantly, how do we get this new era of tech-savvy shoppers to want to come into the physical grocery store environment?  

During this enlightening lecture, Kevin E. Kelley—a retail strategist and architect—will unfold his process for helping grocery store leaders embrace change and create more compelling retail "bonfires" that have The Power to Convene®. 
Speakers:
  • Kevin Kelley - AIA Founding Partner & Principal, Shook Kelley

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Break

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Refrigerants and Energy Regulations Update

The retail industry is facing regulations on what refrigerants can be used in air conditioning and refrigeration, both at the Federal and State levels.  At the same time, energy efficiency standards are having an impact on systems design and use. The Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute and equipment manufacturers have been at the forefront of these changes, working to make sure that these changes have the least impact on the retail industry. This session will present the regulations that are already in place, the upcoming regulations at the federal and state levels, and what the industry is doing to ensure transitions are smooth and effective.
Speakers:
  • Lauren MacGowens - Sector Lead, Refrigeration Technology, Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute
  • Helen Walter-Terrinoni - Vice President Regulatory Affairs, Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Tackling Tough Topics

This crowdsourced session will attempt to address the topics keeping you up at night. Respond to our forthcoming survey to get your concerns on the list.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

(refrigeration) The Advancement and Application of CO2 Systems Architecture

CO2 as a natural refrigerant has been around since the 1920’s and with acceptance and much growth in Europe, the trend has moved to North America for end-users to take advantage of low-GWP refrigerant alternatives. Despite its long history of use, CO2 technologies have faced pressures to improve energy performance, cost, and technician training. In recent years, technological advances have led to significant improvements in the value proposition and impact on total cost of ownership allowing for an increase in adoption of the technology. This presentation will cover the application and advancement of CO2 systems, overcoming the challenges, identifying features and benefits with direct feedback from an end user.  Paul Burd from Weis Markets and Hillphoenix share specific details on a case study and energy comparison for the first Weis CO2 transcritical installation

Speakers:
  • Paul Burd - Manager of Refrigeration Engineering, Weis Markets
  • Scott Martin - Director, Business Development and Industry Relations , Hillphoenix

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

(energy) Energy Efficiency Retrofit Pilot Project Results – EEVs on Cases & ECMotors on Condensers*

Supermarket operators are continually tasked by leadership to identify energy savings opportunities that will have a direct impact on the bottom line.  What prospects exist beyond the usual suspects of LED Lighting, ECMotors and Doors on Cases?  This session will include case studies on the challenges and successes of two pilot projects Whole Foods recently completed: EEVs on Cases & ECMotors on Condensers.  Topics will include the utilization of dynamic refrigeration controls as part of the retrofits and the approach to the measurement/verification and metering process.    

*This session is also offered 9/10/19, 1:00-2:00 p.m. 
Speakers:

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

(energy) Energy Efficiency Management in Supermarkets*

Energy issues are one of the top concerns keeping today's food retail leaders awake at night. Learn about some of the new opportunities to impact energy use through HVAC retrofits, refrigeration system upgrades and ongoing integration of overall energy efficiency and maintenance programs.

*This session is also offered 9/10/19, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Speakers:

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

(store development) Autonomous Vehicles and Robotics

Speakers:
  • Steven Keith Platt - Director and Research Fellow, Platt Retail Institute (PRI), Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University & Research Director, Retail Analytics Council

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

(refrigeration) HVAC and Humidity Management: Best Practices and Developments for Improving Refrigeration

The tie between humidity control and efficient refrigeration is well-established. In this session understand the why behind this connection and review available humidity management techniques. Evaluate a real-world case study for potential applicability to your own operation.
Speakers:
  • John Caramalis PE - Mechanical Engineering Design Manager, Publix Super Markets, Inc.
  • Lee Churchill - Vice President Sales, Seasons 4 Inc.
  • Brian Fricke - Group Leader, Building Equipment Research, Energy & Transportation Science Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Michal Shepard, CEM, CSDP, CEA - Director of Maintenance, Energy and Engineering, Harris Teeter

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

(refrigeration) In-Store System Flexibility*



*This session is also offered 9/10/19, 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

(energy) Energy Efficiency Retrofit Pilot Project Results – EEVs on Cases & ECMotors on Condensers*

Supermarket operators are continually tasked by leadership to identify energy savings opportunities that will have a direct impact on the bottom line.  What prospects exist beyond the usual suspects of LED Lighting, ECMotors and Doors on Cases?  This session will include case studies on the challenges and successes of two pilot projects Whole Foods recently completed: EEVs on Cases & ECMotors on Condensers.  Topics will include the utilization of dynamic refrigeration controls as part of the retrofits and the approach to the measurement/verification and metering process.    

*This session is also offered 9/10/19, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Speakers:

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

(store development) Mixed-Use Urban Design

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Break

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

(refrigeration) In-Store System Flexibility*



*This session is also offered 9/10/19, 1:00-2:00 p.m. 

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

(energy) Ongoing Commissioning: Using Software Analytics to Improve and Maintain Performance of Refrigeration Systems

Explore how using software analytics for ongoing commissioning and performance improvement in supermarket refrigeration systems can help reduce energy consumption, improve display case temperatures and reduce emergency work orders. The session will focus on the results of a case study and include typical data and connectivity requirements.
Speakers:
  • Sachin Arora - Global Business Leader, Fluorine Products, Honeywell International, Inc
  • Charlie Lowe - Director of Refrigeration, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.
  • Gustavo Pottker - Applications Group Leader - Refrigerants, Honeywell International, Inc

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

(energy) Energy Efficiency Management in Supermarkets*

Energy issues are one of the top concerns keeping today's food retail leaders awake at night. Learn about some of the new opportunities to impact energy use through HVAC retrofits, refrigeration system upgrades and ongoing integration of overall energy efficiency and maintenance programs.


*This session is also offered 9/10/19, 11:00 am-12:00 p.m.
Speakers:

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

(store development) Small Platforms/ Design Layout

Speakers:
  • Andrew Rauch - Director, Store Planning & Architectural Design Services, Giant Eagle

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Break

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Keynote: Whatever Happened to Recess?

Leaders today need quick thinking skills, the ability to actively listen, adaptability to change and a sense of humor in order to foster creativity, take risks and nurture customer and coworker relationships. All of this is done by nurturing right-brain thinking and enhancing the neuroplasticity of the brain in what Paul Marks calls "business improv". Come to this session ready to participate actively and walk away inspired to use new tools to spark innovation.
Speakers:

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Off-Site Social Event – Perot Museum of Nature & Science

7:00 AM - 7:45 AM

Facility and Design Tours Breakfast

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Facility and Design Tours

Tours require pre-registration and fee.

We are finalizing locations. Stay tuned for more information.

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Post-Conference Committee Meeting