2021 BevOps Fleet Summit Schedule

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

PANEL: Hiring in These Times

As if staff hiring and retention weren’t already complicated enough, the pandemic came along and threw the entire personnel management dynamic out of whack. Join a panel of experts as they ponder today’s hiring challenges and solutions. These noted distribution professionals will dive into a range of topics, including:
Human resources challenges in the “new normal” • Recruitment strategies in a volatile economy
The dynamics of younger generations within the workforce and how their goals and motivations differ from those of previous generations
Dealing with furloughs and other disruptions in the workflow

Gary Thompson, Executive VP & GM, Powers Distributing
Chet Willey, President, Chet Willey Associates
Julian Rayzor, General Manager, GG Distributing

11:45 AM-12:00 PM


Product Demo Presentation by

12:00 PM-12:45 PM

COVID Protocols CAN Increase Efficiency

Implementing COVID protocols does not automatically decrease efficiency and increase costs. Proper employee hygiene and sanitation methods are readily identifiable opportunities. However, many best practices relating to CDC guidelines such as social distancing can be achieved in the Warehouse at no cost. Reviewing and adjusting daily processes will achieve safety goals and simultaneously improve productivity. COVID has the world reassessing everything, but we do not need to reinvent the Warehouse. This sampling of small process adjustments delivers healthier/more productive pickers, happier customers, and healthier margins while navigating COVID.

Terry Wicklum, Owner and Consultant, Total Warehouse Services

12:45 AM-1:00 PM


Product Demo Presentation by Samsara

1:00 PM-1:45 PM

Telematics: Looking Beyond Efficiencies to Drive Better Quality of Life

After a series of acquisitions, Adams Beverages now operates multiple facilities in two Southern U.S. states. Integrating a network of distribution centers brings with it its own set of unique issues. Find out how the Adams implemented a robust fleet tracking system to address labor challenges, create better jobs for their employees, and promote safety, all while running a more efficient business. Hear from the Adams team about how they’ve been able to harness functions like detailed reporting, customized dashboards, real-time alerts, planned versus actual routes and maintenance tracking to streamline not only fleet operations, but sales and merchandising activities as well.

Chris Koch, Director of Information Systems, Adams Beverages
Drew Ezzell, Systems & Logistics Manager, Adams Beverages
Derek Jones, Business Development Executive, Encompass Technologies

Sponsored by

1:45 PM-2:00 PM


Product Demo Presentation by Kelly Anderson Group

2:00 PM-2:45 PM

How 2021 EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulations May Impact your Business

This session offers attendees an opportunity to learn about the potential impact on their business of 2021 EPA regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including how these regulations may impact the specifications of their future vehicle purchases. This session will offer high-level explanation of the regulations will be provided, including the regulations’ goals and how likely they are to increase the popularity of existing fuel-efficient technologies and aerodynamic features, such as low rolling resistance tires, predictive cruise control, neutral at stop, idle shut down timers, and many more. The presentation will include an analysis of how much a fleet can expect to reduce its annual fuel expense per vehicle by adopting many of these technologies. The speakers will also address the longer-term impacts of the regulations, including the 2024 engine emissions reductions as well the introduction of electric vehicles and their rate of adoption.

Michael Noonan, Director of Certification and Compliance, Navistar

Sponsored by

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

A Safer Driving Culture: How Markstein Got Driver Buy-In and Reduced At-Fault Accidents on Day One

Hear from the Bay Area’s premier beverage distributor, Markstein, on how they’ve used a connected operations platform to decrease at-fault accidents by 83%, save over $100k per year, and protect their employees with a safer driving culture. Tom Roberts, Markstein’s Director of Operations, will sit down with Marissa Scott, Samsara’s product expert, to have a conversation about how Markstein implemented a driver safety program with AI-enabled dash cams and how they selected a technology provider to partner with for the future.

Marissa Scott, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Samsara
Tom Roberts,Director of Operations, Markstein

Sponsored By

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Product Demo Presentation by InnoLift

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Optimizing the Last Mile

Recent challenges across the beverage industry have created varying degrees of chaos for most distributors’ operations, and the last mile is no exception. For some businesses, orders shifted overnight, with on-premise customers severely curtailed and retail dramatically increasing order volume. And, almost all are facing employee shortages or staffing issues, as well. Those issues have made the perfect delivery imperative -- both for customer service and fleet efficiency.

Join this live session to learn more about:

How to seamlessly manage business fluctuations, even with reduced staff
What it takes to transform your last-mile operations
The potential bottom-line impact of optimizing and automating delivery operations

Erich Wolters, VP of Solution Sales, Wise Systems

Sponsored by wise systems

12:45 PM - 1:00 PM


Product Demo Presentation by Hyundai

1:00 PM-1:45 PM

Deploying Non-CDL Drivers

The difficulty in recruiting and retaining delivery drivers holding a commercial driver’s license has only intensified, requiring many beverage distribution operations to get more strategic with the makeup of their vehicle fleets. That means integrating vehicles that don’t require CDLs to operate, particular for very specialized routes. That doesn’t mean, however, that the drivers of said vehicles should be any less skilled in executing—and excelling at—their daily tasks. Hear about the key tools and strategies necessary for managing your non-CDL team members from an operator at one the country’s largest beer wholesalers.

Andrew Zak, Master Lead Fleet Technician, Silver Eagle Distributors

Sponsored by

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM


Product Demo Presentation by XLFleet

2:00 PM-2:45 PM

Warehouse Design with Safety in Mind

Leading architects within the beverage distribution facilities space provide extensive insight on the key details involved with designing warehouses conducive to a culture of safety, as well as efficiency.

Jack Holleran, President, HDA Architects

Sponsored by

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