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WASHINGTON, DC -- Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) plan to co-locate their two supply chain conferences in April: FMI's Distribution Conference, April 2-5, and GMA's Information Systems/Logistics Distribution (IS/LD) Conference, April 3-5.
Both events will be held at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz. The shared venue offers ample opportunity for mutual discussion of supply chain collaboration opportunities, the trade groups said.
"In addition to dynamic, comprehensive education programming, attendees will find opportunities for building new relationships, creating synergies, and enhancing trading partner initiatives," said Gerry Greenleaf, v.p., Hannaford Bros., and chairman of FMI's 2006 Distribution Conference.
"Strong relationships between manufacturers and retailers are critical to the success of many industry-wide initiatives, as well as a necessity for survival," said Dee Biggs, director of customer logistics solutions, Welch Foods, and GMA joint programming co-chair. "The shared venue of our conferences is an excellent opportunity for manufacturers and retailers alike to meet their counterparts and begin discussions to improve our joint supply chains."
The conferences will share a reception April 3, and joint sessions on the morning of Tuesday, April 4, where retailer and supplier collaboration case studies will be showcased.
Co-chairs for the joint programming are Mike Bargmann, s.v.p., distribution and manufacturing, and chief logistics officer, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.; and Biggs.
The annual FMI Distribution Conference offers an overview of the trends, complexities, and concerns in the logistics arena, utilizing breakout discussion and business sessions. Key issues to be addressed include the reality of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), managing the high cost of fuel, overcoming vulnerability in the supply chain for competitive advantage, consumer behavior and shopping trends, recruiting and retaining a competent workforce, improving distribution center performance through automation, and emerging technologies being developed and implemented.
The annual GMA IS/LD Conference examines information technology as the enabler of supply chain collaboration between manufacturers and their retail partners. Co-chaired by Dee Biggs and Marc Brown, c.i.o., Del Monte Foods, Inc., this year's conference will focus on serving the consumer and winning at each moment of truth.
The program will provide case study insight of successful collaboration between supplier and customer to facilitate seamless, accurate communication, and to expedite the complete order, delivery to shelf and replenish cycle at minimum of time and cost. The program will feature educational breakout sessions that address IT, logistics, e-collaboration and direct store delivery challenges and opportunities.