The GCCA Latin America Congress: Mexico City contains a full program with sessions in a variety of topics.

Sunday 12 November
15:00 17:00 Registration 
17:00 18:30 Welcome Reception
Monday 13 NOVEMBER
09:00 09:30 Morning Coffee
09:30 09:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Nick Pedneault, President, Congebec Logistics & WFLO Chairman
  • Corey Rosenbusch, President & CEO, Global Cold Chain Alliance
09:45 10:30

Keynote Presentation: Latin America Outlook

What are the forces shaping the region and the industry? Learn more about important signs that reveal to companies the behavior of the markets and factors of change that these can turn into opportunities of innovation to expand their business.

10:30 11:00

Challenges and Opportunities for the Industry in 2017

Despite a very strong US dollar affecting the Mexican economy, the internal macroeconomic environment remained steady due moderate inflation rates, favoring consumption and therefore had a positive influence on the performance of the retailing industry. Grocery sales in Mexico represented more than two-thirds of the overall retail value sales in 2015. Grocery retailers and non-grocery retailers are expected to grow.

11:00 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 12:15 Needs in Technology to Operate Efficiently

  • Edgar Macias Ibarra, General Director, Andlogistics

Responding to the needs of the industry, WMS systems meet the expectations of control, efficiency and speed of logistics operators. However, many companies are considering upgrades to their existing warehouse management systems (WMS) or deciding to invest in a WMS for the first time, but many may wonder when they can expect to see a return on investment (ROI) for their technology selection.

12:15 13:00 Energy Savings Practices for Industrial Refrigeration Systems

  • Gabriel Rangel, Director of RR Refrigeración S.A. de C.V.

With increased pressure from customers to reduce rates, many public refrigerated warehouse (PRW) operators are responding by increasing efforts to cut expenses. Utilities, namely energy, are among the greatest operational expenses for a PRW. Learn about a good range of ideas and solutions to save energy and money in PRW operations.

13:15 14:30 Networking Lunch 
14:30 16:15

Cold Chain Café

The Cold Chain Cafe is a roundtable discussion component of the program where attendees will participate in valuable dialogue with their peers. Participants choose to engage in fast-paced discussions on up to 8 different topics.

  1. Technology & Innovation: WMS and the return of investment
  2. Company culture: How to better create a customer service environment and practice among employees
  3. Safety culture: Most of industrial accidents could be blamed on employees, or “man failure,” the only way to correct the problem is to observe and change worker behavior
  4. Food safety: complying with international standards
  5. Customer Service: building customer satisfaction and trust
  6. Industry Trends: The industry is facing important changes like the transformation of warehousing services to a more complex model offering more value-added services to their clients
16:15 17:15

Expo Time!

Don´t miss our exhibitor’s short talks about latest trends in equipment, technology and services while enjoying a beer and snacks.

Energy efficiency & Safety advantages of Packaged Low Charge Ammonia Refrigeration Systems

  • Max Duarte, Latin America Director, Evapco
Tuesday 14 November
9:00 9:30 Morning Coffee
9:30 10:15

Market Outlook on Supply Chain Capabilities

Trends impacting the cold chain, and some strategies manufacturers and logistics service providers use to adapt and thrive.

10:15 11:00 Overview of the Frozen and Refrigerated Industry, and Consumer Trends

  • Carlos Balderas García, CD Manager, Grupo Herdez S.A.B de C.V.

As society has evolved over time, our food system has also evolved over centuries into a global system of immense size and complexity. Consumer behaviors, economy, regulations, are new challenges and opportunities that have restructured the food manufacturing industry

11:00 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 12:00 Future Leader Award Presentation
12:30 13:00 Complying with Export Safety Regulations in the Perishables Industry

  • José Manuel Samperio, Consultant, USAPEEC

Consumers and governments are demanding safe products for the health of the human being, this trend has greatly impacted the food industry but are essential requirements to be able to compete worldwide.

13:00 14:00 Networking Lunch
14:00 14:45 Digital Marketing Era

  • Krystin Staples, Social Media Director, TV Azteca

Most companies are increasingly using their social networks, websites, blogs and smart phones apps as means for promotion and increase sales. The food industry is not an exception! Learn about the importance, the impact, scope and objectives of the same, as well as, how to create recipes for a more effective and competitive communication strategy.

14:45 15:00 Future Leader Award Winner Announcement
15:15 16:00 Keynote Presentation: The Magic Success

  • Gilberto Guzmán Otero, Colegio de Líderes / Fundación Miguel Ángel Cornejo y Alto Nivel Consultores

Discover the five magic skills you need to develop to change and succeed in business and life. Be prepared to have the attitude of going through everything with adequate tools to achieve at the personal and professional level.

16:00 17:00 Closing Reception