Education Sessions

Held at the Steinenberger Wiltcher’s in Brussels, the 20th European Cold Chain Conference will focus on cutting-edge solutions and innovative approaches to cold chain management. Leading industry and business experts will share their thoughts, ideas, and solutions through keynote presentations and educational sessions.

The Advisory Committee is finalizing the educational programme and speakers for the presentations below. The content below is subject to change, however the content will all focus on the key themes:

  • Administration & Human Resources
  • Innovation & Trends
  • Operational Excellence
  • Refrigeration & Energy

Education Sessions 

Administration & Human Resources Track
Thursday, 9 March 2017 | 13:35 – 14:30
  • Recruiting, Retaining, and Recognizing Talent
    Cavan McKenna, XPO Logistics, Site General Manager (UK Young Manager of the Year)
    Anders Lundgaard-Svenstrup, ColdStar
    Niels Lundgaard-Svenstrup, ColdStar

    The temperature logistics industry is faced with unique challenges when it comes to attracting and retaining young people. One way cold chain associations have recognized and encouraged the growth of young professionals in the industry is through awards programmes. During this session, the recipient of the 2017 Food Storage and Distribution Association’s (FSDF) UK Young Manager of the Year Award will share his insight on the talent issue. Additionally, in this session, two young professionals will discuss their experience in taking over the family business and how they are successfully transforming it in a new era.
  • Regulatory Update: Cold Storage Government Affairs
    Christine Weiker, European Cold Storage and Logistics Association (ECSLA), Secretary General
    What regulations are impacting the cold storage industry in European and what is the industry’s response to those regulations? Join this session to learn about the important issues affecting your businesses and what actions you should take to prepare to comply in the future.
Thursday, 9 March 2017 | 13:35 – 14:30
  • Sustainability/Food Loss and Waste
    Ben Horsbrugh, Greenyard Fresh, Director of Quality Management
    According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, roughly one-third of all food produced for human consumption annually is lost or wasted — this is equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes. Unsurprisingly, fruits and vegetables are among the highest wastage rates of any food. This session will examine how the cold chain plays a vital role in reducing these losses and how the industry can incorporate this mission into company initiatives.
  • Digital Roads: How eCMR Can Advance Road Transport Operations
    Zeljko Jeftic, IRU, Head of Global Innovation
    Instant and electronic access to real-time logistics data is the goal when it comes to introducing electronic consignment notes (e-CMR) to roads across Europe. Discover how this technology reduces paper waste, limits human error, and seamlessly transitions between languages for an international application. Explore the barriers towards digitalization and latest developments with this new technology.
Operational Excellence Track
Thursday, 9 March 2017 | 14:35 – 15:30
  • Making ASRS Work for You: Lessons Learned from Cold Storage Automation Applications
    Neil Middleton, Bisham Consulting, CEO
    Bill Somerton, Bisham Consulting, Director
    Is automation the best option for you and your warehouse? Will it increase your profits or create a new list of problems? Learn from real-life examples of how automation has both positively and negatively affected warehouses across the industry, and what this could mean for the growth of your company.
  • Innovations & Trends in Deep Freeze Intralogistics Systems
    Andreas Oy, SSI Schäfer, VP Market Sector Food & Beverage
    Appropriate storage and picking of frozen food products is one of the most challenging tasks in intralogistics, especially with automated processes. In order to ensure an uninterrupted cold chain and hygienic standards according to Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) guidelines, high quality and performance requirements have to be met. Join this session to learn about current solutions to effective intralogistics.
Refrigeration & Energy TRACK
Thursday, 9 March 2017 | 14:35 – 15:30
  • Creating Operational Efficiencies with De-Humidification
    Gerard Mojet, Munters, Training Development Manager
    Humidity is a natural component of ambient air. In combination with low air temperature or cold surfaces, it creates fog, condensation and ice formation (below 0°C). Removing the right amount of moisture from the air will reduce or eliminate fog, condensation and ice formation. There are various strategies using desiccant dehumidification cold stores to manage, control and take away the negative influence of air humidity. Join this session to learn how desiccant dehumidification will create a safer environment while saving energy, ultimately leading to higher business efficiency.
  • Sustainable Growth of the Cold Chain: from Technology to Policy
    Torben Funder-Kristensen, Danfoss, VP of Application & Technology
    Food security, food safety and sustainability play a key role in a successful global cold chain. However, each of these pillars face unique challenges when it comes to developed versus developing markets. Hear perspectives on creating a diverse cold chain, opportunities and barriers for implementing sustainable technology, and how the industry can influence the political agenda.