2020 BevOps Fleet Summit Agenda

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Tuesday, March 17th

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Exhibitor Set-Up

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Golf Outing

Kick off your BevOps Fleet Summit experience with a round of golf at an amazing Las Vegas desert course. A scramble format with a shotgun start at 10:00 am. Lunch will be provided.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception

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Wednesday March 18th

7:30 am - 5:00 pm


7:30 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast / Exhibits Open

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Keynote Address TBD

9:30 am - 10:15 am

General Session Panel Discussion TBD

10:15 - 11:00 am

Break / Exhibits Open

11:00 - 11:45 am

State of the Beverage Market Panel

Industry analysts present numbers and insights on where the major alcohol and non-alcohol categories are heading. A panel of beverage distribution professionals discuss the challenges of hiring and retaining exemplary staffers at a time when the U.S. is close to full employment. For instance, a common complaint among distributors is that it’s increasingly more difficult to fill all of the shifts because the millennial workers demand greater flexibility and are reluctant to work on the night team. Many operations are rethinking their schedules to accommodate this modern reality.

Lester Jones, Chief Economist, National Beer Wholesalers Association
Gary Hemphill, Beverage Marketing Corporation
Jeff Cioletti, Editor-in-Chief, Craft Spirits Magazine, The American Craft Spirits Association

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Load Buses for Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Depart at 12:00 pm

12:45 - 3:45 pm

Ride and Drive at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Buses return to Venue

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Cocktail and Networking Reception / Exhibits Open

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Thursday, March 19th

7:30 am

Registration Open

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast / Exhibits Open

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Keynote Address: TBD

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Beverage Industry Awards

10:15 am - 10:30 am

Break for Breakout Sessions

10:30 am - 11:15 am


TRACK 1 - Portfolio Diversity: Venturing Into New Categories—and the Unknown

With the boom in the craft spirits segment, a growing number of beer distributors are diversifying beyond beer into spirits. What are the logistical challenges of going beyond your core category and expanding into what is, for many, uncharted territory?

TRACK 2 - Congestion Pricing & Emissions Surcharges: What They Could Mean for Your Fleet

Congestion Pricing has become common in cities overseas and in the next few years is likely to become more common in the U.S. How will this affect your business and what strategies can you develop to ensure the impact is minimal.

Gregory Jones, Freeway Management Specialist, US DOT Federal Highway Administration

11:15 am - 2:00 pm

Lunch and Exhibits in Exhibit Hall

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm


TRACK 1 - Eliminating In-Bound Chaos: How Scheduling Technology Can Relieve Bottlenecks at Your Receiving Dock

Distributors continue to bemoan the chaotic situation at the receiving dock, as suppliers and their freight carriers work on their own schedules. A huge number of trucks arrive on Monday mornings, with less than half the number delivering later in the week. Fortunately, there are now online systems that enable carriers to schedule their loads on line. Once one day fills up, they’re pushed to the next. Hear from a distributor on what a godsend that’s been.

Scott Trotter, VP of Operations, Canyon Distributing

TRACK 2 - Telematics: Looking Beyond Efficiencies to Drive Better Quality of Life

See how a beverage distributor uses an integrated fleet tracking system to address labor challenges, create better jobs for their employees, and promote safety, all while running a more efficient business.

Chris Koch, Director of Operations, Adams Beverages
Drew Ezell, Director of Logistics & Fleet Management, Adams Beverages

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm


TRACK 1 - The Future of Director Store Delivery: Strategies to Improve Operations and Delivery Efficiences

Larry Crabbe, VP of Operations, the House of Larose (Retired)
Robert Grace, VP of Operations Development, EnVista

TRACK 2 - Can't Find CDL Drivers? Deploy More Non-CDL Vehicles

Record-low unemployment is exacerbating the already challenging CDL driver shortage. Instead of stressing over the cost of recruiting and/or training CDL drivers, many distributors are incorporating lower-GVW, non-CDL vehicles into their fleets and turning a hiring crisis into an opportunity.

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Break

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm


TRACK 1 - Sustainability Session: Does LEED Certification Still Matter & Other Eco-Questions

What are the costs versus the benefits of LEED Certification and how does the eco-friendly classification add value to your operation?

TRACK 2 - Correcting Bad Driver Behavior

We look at the strategies and technologies available to manage driver behavior and collaborate with your drivers on eliminating bad road habits.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


TRACK 1 - How to Prevent Catastrophic Warehouse Accidents

The whiskey world was shaken by two major warehouse catastrophes within less than a year of each other in Kentucky. Is your operation at risk and how can you ensure you never encounter such calamities?

TRACK 2 - Driver Comfort & Ergonomics

We offer a deep dive into the latest developments in in-the-cab comfort and advances in carts and lifts that reduce stress on your driving team.

5:00 pm

Dinner on own

Friday, March 20th

Time TBD

Tour of Breakthru Beverage facilities

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