Schedule

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  • Breakout Session
  • Other Activities

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Registration

Registration area and lanyards sponsored by CoolSys Energy Solutions

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Pre-Conference Committee Meeting

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Retailer/Wholesaler Networking Mixer

The members of the ESD Committee invite their retail and wholesale peers to join them for a chance to connect at the start of the conference. 

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Manufacturer/Retailer Exchange and Opening Reception

Sponsored by Zero Zone, Inc.

Meet more than 100 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

Sponsored by Seasons 4 Inc.

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Registration

Registration area and lanyards sponsored by CoolSys Energy Solutions

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks by the ESD Committee Co-Chairs

Speakers:
  • Brad Morris - Senior Manager, Engineering and Energy, Giant Eagle, Inc.
  • Mary Upham - Manager Design & Development, Wakefern Food Corp.

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Opening General Session: Futurist

Sponsored by Singh360 Inc.

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Break

Sponsored by Deem LLC

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

General Session: Emerging Issues: A Blueprint for Food Retailing

FMI’s leadership, through its Emerging Issues initiative, has identified and described the key issues that will have the most indelible impact on the food industry in the next 3 to 5 years. Hear about these issues and get insights so you can be prepared to focus both on immediate concerns, and the challenges to come.

Speakers:
  • Mark Baum - Chief Collaboration Officer & Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, Food Marketing Institute

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Break

Sponsored by Deem LLC

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What Shoppers Want and How Retailers Can Respond

Retail is changing rapidly, triggered by new technologies and accelerated by changing expectations. Shoppers today have more choices than ever, and one way retailers can keep them coming back is by providing a remarkable experience. But what makes a good retail experience? And how important is it – really – to shoppers?  In this session, we will dive into how Aldi and others have developed strategies for successfully evolving existing stores to align with the brand’s promise, delighting the target consumer and delivering those experiences quickly, consistently and profitably.  Learn the six key dimensions of the retail experience and how to optimize your existing space to create remarkable experiences for your shoppers.

Speakers:
  • Josh Broehl - Senior Vice President, Big Red Rooster, a JLL Company
  • Dan Gavin - Vice President, Real Estate, Design and Development, ALDI Inc.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Store Design for Mixed-Use Developments

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Power Management Strategies

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Refrigerated Displays: Maximizing Profits by Enhancing the Shopper Experience

Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours

The definition of retail grocery continues to shift. Retailers invest in new strategies, such as small format stores, online retail, and grocerants to appeal to busy, progressive shoppers. How can refrigerated display cases drive sales within these new strategies? Many options exist for merchandising refrigerated products—open multi-decks, reach-in cases, specialty cases, shop around units, and more. Explore opportunities for greater energy savings, environmentally-friendly and natural refrigerants, and brilliant lighting displays. Consider the innovative merchandisers and dynamic merchandising styles available around the world, and then develop a sustainable strategy—a strategy that maximizes profitability and enhances the shopper experience.

Speakers:
  • Robert Muller - Global Specialty Product Leader, Hussmann
  • Dan O'Brien - Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Zero Zone, Inc.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lowering Refrigerant Leak Rates: Best Practices

Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours

It’s a win-win situation when you reduce refrigerant leaks from your equipment – you save lots of money and you help protect the environment. The many benefits of lowering your leak rates include optimally running cases, avoiding product loss, fewer technician calls, and less refrigerant needing to be purchased.  Several retailers will share what they’ve done to reduce their refrigerant emissions from their stores. You will also learn how companies in EPA’s GreenChill program have experienced long-term achievements in meeting annual leak rate goals, protecting the environment, and saving their companies bunches of money.

Speakers:
  • Tom Land - GreenChill Partnership Program Manager, Stratospheric Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Wayne Rosa - Director of Maintenance – Food Lion, LLC, Retail Business Services, LLC

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

Sponsored by Bitzer and Sporlan Division of Parker Hannifin

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

What Shoppers Want and How Retailers Can Respond

(repeated from 11:00 am)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Store Design for Mixed-Use Developments

(repeated from 11:00 am)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Leveraging Energy Resilience

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Refrigerated Displays: Maximizing Profits by Enhancing the Shopper Experience

(repeated from 11:00 am)

Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours

Speakers:
  • Robert Muller - Global Specialty Product Leader, Hussmann
  • Dan O'Brien - Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Zero Zone, Inc.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lowering Refrigerant Leak Rates: Best Practices

(repeated from 11:00 am)

Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours

Speakers:
  • Tom Land - GreenChill Partnership Program Manager, Stratospheric Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Wayne Rosa - Director of Maintenance – Food Lion, LLC, Retail Business Services, LLC

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Break

Sponsored by Deem LLC

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

General Session: Unshackled Grocery Store Designs – 2025

Sponsored by Amerlux Lighting

What will the grocery store of the future look like? Technology will drive the new economics of grocery store designs.  New store design considerations will include cashless checkout, robotics, in-store digital fulfillment centers, shopping carts with integrated docking stations and google-like store mapping, and more. The real difference will be determined by how store designers achieve tomorrow's immersive, digitally disruptive, and personalized shopping experience. Join us for a fascinating look at the probabilities and possibilities of a digitally enabled store.

Speakers:

3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Manufacturer/Retailer Exchange and Reception

Sponsored by Current, Powered by GE

Take advantage of another opportunity to meet more than 100 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 - 4:00 PM

Registration

Registration area and lanyards sponsored by CoolSys Energy Solutions

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

GreenChill Achievement Recognition Ceremony/Breakfast (optional)

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

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Artificial Intelligence: The New Competitive Strategy

In the age of accelerating disruption, AI is enabling businesses to rapidly increase growth, reduce costs, increase employee productivity and set a new pace of change in their respective industries. Through the use of structured and unstructured data, machine learning, use case specific algorithms and cloud infrastructures, AI will revolutionize the retail industry and transform supply chain, in-store operations and consumer engagement.

Speakers:

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

General Session: Regulatory Update

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Break

Sponsored by Deem LLC

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

General Session: Refrigeration Trends

Sponsored by Honeywell


Refrigeration Trends: Choosing and Designing the Right Refrigeration Solution

With ever-changing regulations, environmental factors and evolving trends, the options to find the right refrigeration solution are numerous. This session will explore those factors with a panel of suppliers and retailers, who will provide updates on various designs and refrigerants. Panelists will share their experiences and the challenges they faced when equipping their stores.  When considering refrigeration systems, which one provides the best option for profitability? What other factors should you be aware of that you may not be thinking of when creating a design or selecting a system?  Get inspired by looking at the trends in Europe, Asia and North America, and get informed by hearing about the experience of others in the industry.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Fresh Formats: Succeeding without Center Store

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Energy Storage in the Cold Chain

Speakers:

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Commissioning

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Store Envelope Load Reductions

Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch

Sponsored by KeepRite/National Refrigerants, Inc.

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Disaster Recovery

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Energy Storage in the Cold Chain

(repeated from 11:45 am)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Commissioning

(repeated from 11:45 am)

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Break

Sponsored by Deem LLC

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Energy Savings with Anti-Sweat Heater Controls

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Effective Installation of Doors on Refrigerated Cases

Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Role of In-Store Entertainment

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Refrigerant Choices

(repeated from 1:45 pm)

Refrigeration track sponsored by Chemours

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Break

Sponsored by Deem LLC

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Closing General Session

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Off-Site Social Event – World of Coca-Cola

Immerse yourself in the story of one of the world's most famous beverage brands at the World of Coca-Cola multimedia museum. View over 1,200 never-before-displayed artifacts and get a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process. Take your taste buds on a trip around the globe and sample over 100 different beverages made by The Coca-Cola Company from around the world, followed by a delicious meal. We promise lots to do and see, and plenty of surprises!

8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Store and Facility Tours

Facility Tour to Bitzer and Hussmann
Join us for a tour of two cutting-edge manufacturing facilities while you’re in Atlanta!  We’ll visit Bitzer’s newly enlarged reciprocating compressor plant, where we’ll see the compressor assembly process from raw components to final finished products. Attendees will learn about Bitzer’s exclusive processes to prepare, stage, assemble, leak-check, run-test, paint and final-finish each compressor.  We’ll also visit Hussmann’s facility in Suwanee, where we’ll tour the Hussmann manufacturing plant and visit the Hussmann display showroom.  In the showroom, attendees will learn about the latest technologies in distributed systems and the benefits they have for the industry.

NOTE:  The Facility Tour is open to all food retailers and wholesalers, as well as suppliers that don’t compete with Bitzer or Hussmann.  Tour registrants will be notified if they are not permitted on the tour.

Store Tour
Several compelling stores and vibrant markets in Atlanta will be visited.  Details will be available soon.

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Post-Conference Committee Meeting