WEDNESDAY, October 25
5:00 p.m.  – 8:30 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m.  – 8:30 p.m. Opening Night Reception
(Appetizers & drinks provided)
Sponsored by ARCO Design/Build
THURSDAY, October 26
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration
7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Coldbox
8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Chapter Chairman’s Opening and Welcome Remarks

  • Tony Leo, CEO/President, Warehousing Group, RLS Logistics
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. State of the Association/GCCA Update

  • Megan Costello, Vice President of Member & Industry Affairs, Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA)
9:00 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. Maximizing Workforce Productivity Boosts Cold Storage Warehouse Profitability
Presented by Datex

The cost of labor is one of the most significant expenses in cold storage warehouse operations today. As many markets are experiencing a shortage of warehouse workers, the need to maximize workforce productivity is especially critical. Please join us for an interactive presentation in which we will review real life solutions implemented at various third party logistics providers to help you develop your workforce, decrease turnover, and improve the performance of your operation by using leading edge technology.

9:55 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Comparing the Total Cost of Ownership of CO2-based Refrigeration Systems
Presented by Carnot Refrigeration

CO2-based industrial refrigeration systems are quickly becoming a viable alternative to more traditional ammoniaor HFC- based systems. In this case study we will compare the total cost of ownership of a CO2/Ammonia cascade refrigeration system installed in a new cold storage warehouse with a CO2/Transcritical refrigeration system installed in an expansion phase.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. How and Why to be a Shipper/Receiver of Choice
Presented by RLS Logistics

With the ELD Mandate set to begin December 18th of this year, now is the time to be keenly aware of how drivers/carriers view your facility. With capacity forecasting to be at record lows, drivers and carriers will accept and reject loads
based on your facility’s performance. Join us for a Q&A from a broker’s perspective on what it will take to make sure this does not happen to you.

12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cold Chain Meets Rutgers Supply Chain

Sponsored by Frazier

Attracting and retaining a new generation of talent is critical to the future of the cold chain industry. Join a group of your industry peers as we discuss the cold chain with the Rutgers School of Business Supply Chain Club and find out what interests current supply chain students.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Travel back to New York City/Happy Hour
Sponsored by Refrigiwear
7:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Welcome Dinner
Sponsored by Storax
FRIDAY, October 27
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration
7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Viking Cold Solutions
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Project Delanco: Transforming Dead Space into Revenue Power
Presented by Storax, Co-Sponsored by RLS Logistics

RLS Logistics’ sixth distribution center is under construction in Delanco NJ. With land at a premium and high cold storage operating costs, RLS sought out forward thinking equipment to maximize its business opportunity and conserve energy in its new facility. Poweracks mobile racking system will transform unused aisle space to revenue generating pallet positions.

9:15 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Facility Growth, Acquisitions, Estate Planning – Financing Options for Cold Storage Companies
Presented by Guggenheim Partners

Ever since the financial crisis, navigating the financing options available to cold storage operators has been more difficult than ever. Join us as we discuss i) how to utilize financing for facility growth/refresh, strategic acquisitions, or shareholder liquidity, ii) a comparison of financing options available, and iii) recent financing trends across the industry.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Viking Cold Solutions
10:30 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Intelligent Buildings Help Reduce Costs – What You Can Do to be Energy Efficient
Presented by Groom Energey

Much as homeowners use intelligent thermostats to manage heating and air conditioning, your buildings have even greater opportunities. Many businesses have leveraged intelligence in their buildings to automatically reduce energy costs without negatively impacting core operations. This session will review case studies where businesses have met with success investing in intelligent building systems. You will learn about ideas and methodologies to create a foundation of energy efficient opportunities beyond LED lighting. We will highlight energy related trends, utility incentives, and how these integrate with the latest technology trends on the market.

11:25 a.m. – 12:00 p.m Closing Remarks & Chapter Business Meeting

*Schedule subject to change