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Fall 2022 Supply Chain Expert Exchange Conference

Join Us in October

Join us October 10-11, 2022, in Orlando, Florida for the National Restaurant Association Supply Chain Expert Exchange Fall Conference. Our agenda, built by supply chain professionals, is focused on the skills and knowledge needed to go from resilience to results. Learn from industry leaders, share your own experience, and grow your network so you’ll be ready to face the industry’s most pressing challenges.

We’re excited to once again be hosting the event prior to the Market Vision Fall conference giving the restaurant supply chain community the opportunity to network with and learn from leaders in the foodservice industry.  

Don’t miss the ONLY event created by people that run restaurant supply chains.



Past Events

Supply chain Expert Exchange Spring Conference

Spring 2022 Conference - Designed for Today's Supply Chain Management Leaders

Reunite with your restaurant supply chain peers on May 19-20 at the Swissotel, Chicago for the 10th anniversary of the National Restaurant Association Supply Chain Expert Exchange Spring Conference.

Join us in person to discuss what opportunities are ahead as we enter a whole new world for supply chain and our industry.

  • All operator attendees will receive free admission to the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show, May 21-24.

Don’t miss the ONLY event created by people that run restaurant supply chains.

We are excited to see you again!




New York Times Best Selling Author, Award-winning Entrepreneur, 

Top-rated Keynote Speaker.

Dr JP Pawliw-Fry
Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry


"The key to successful innovation and leadership today does not start with the strategies you implement or the technologies you use - it's how you and your team manage your thinking, your emotions, and your conversations under pressure."





Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry has over 20 years of experience helping individuals lead and innovate under pressure in the most extreme situations. Using science and research to help prepare people and organizations to meet their biggest challenges, he has worked with Olympic, NBA, and NFL teams, some of the world’s biggest brands, and even the US Navy and the CIA.

We are excited to have him join us for the Supply Chain Expert Exchange Spring Conference 2022 as supply chain leaders in the restaurant industry tackle a whole new world of work.

Join us and walk away from this keynote feeling inspired and armed with practical tools to drive better business and personal outcomes.

323 E Wacker Dr

Chicago, IL

Room Rate: $274/night + tax

Room Block Deadline: Tuesday, April 29, 2022


Operator registration is only open to restaurant operators and those who work in supply chain management for restaurant or hospitality companies. Product and service providers are only allowed to attend as sponsors. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a sponsor in 2022.  




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Expert Exchange Gathering: Foodservice Demand Forecasting Research - Benchmarks & Best Practices

Expert Exchange Gathering - Tuesday, February 8th 4:00 PM ET

What to expect:

Being able to accurately forecast demand is critical to your company’s success especially when it comes to Limited-Time Offers and New Product Introductions. The forecasts for these events are the foundation of demand and supply plans and are critical in enabling sales while minimizing obsolescence and waste. Please join us as we share our latest industry research, including best practices and benchmarks, which you can use to measure and improve your forecasting practices. Featured speakers will be Morgan Swink Ph.D., Executive Director of the Center for Supply Chain Innovation, Texas Christian University, Neeley School of Business and Steven Rodgers Vice President, Business Development, HAVI.

You must be registered to attend - we hope you can join us!



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Supply Chain Expert Exchange - COVID 19: Capacity - Recovery

Join us Tuesday, August 17th at 4:00 PM ET for this Zoom event.

What to expect;

We have all been impacted by COVID-19 and the supply chain disruptions will take a long while to work through our systems. Please join us and hear Mike Zerr, Economist and Analytics Lead at Cargill, discusses the long road to recovery on the supplier side.

You must register to attend.

Immediately after registering you will receive a confirmation email from Patti Beese <no-reply@zoom.us> containing meeting login details. Please check your Spam or Other folder if you do not receive it.

Questions? Contact Lo Mittelbronn.


We hope you can join us! 

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WEBINAR: Covid -19 Forces You to Deal with Adverse Impact on Your Supply Chain

All brands will experience disruptions in their supply chains as result of the coronavirus.  Even if the retail outlets are closed or operating at reduced capacity for some time, getting quality product will be necessary for some now and some when it is time to re-open.  The rights, defenses and remedies of contracting parties, navigating the trade and import/export rules and regulations, and understanding potential insurance coverage will all be critical.              


This webinar focuses on restaurant franchisors, franchisees, manufacturers, distributors and retailers’ considerations in these important areas: 


  • What are your contractual rights, defenses, and remedies and how do you exercise them?
  • What has changed for exporting , compliance programs, training and procedures ?
  • Is there insurance coverage when the supply chain is interrupted?


Polsinelli Speakers:

Len MacPhee ( Supply Chain)

Joyce Mazero ( Supply Chain )

Michelle Schulz ( International Trade)

Lisa Weixelman ( Insurance Coverage )


When:  Thursday, March 26 at 1:30-2:30 EDT  


Here is the registration link

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2019 NextGen Supply Chain Conference April 16-17

NextGen Supply Chain is the premier educational conference that answers the question “What’s next in supply chain management” for senior-level SCM professionals. Only NGSC is exclusively dedicated to preparing executives for the coming technologies and processes that will have the most transformative effects on their supply chains.

For this inaugural year, the conference will focus on the top three technologies that these execs need to better understand– Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Big Data.

Click here for more information and to register.

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Women's Foodservice Forum 2019 Annual Leadership Development Conference

March 10-13, 2019 Dallas, Texas

30th Anniversary of the Annual Leadership Development Conference!

Click here for more information and to register.

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Free webinar: Optimize Operations by Running a Data-Driven Restaurant

Focus Brand's Retail IT Systems and Revel Systems will discuss in this free webinar offered by QSRweb how Focus uses data to drive profits. Click here to register.

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How To Meet The New Era Consumer at the Warp Speed of Business


Texas Christian University, Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center
Ballrooms B&C
2820 Stadium Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76109
November 14, 2018

Click here for more information and to register.

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Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group Orlando Conference: October 23-24, 2018

Thank you for your interest in the Supply Chain Management fall conference. Due to an overwhelming response to attend, the fall conference has officially SOLD OUT! The National Restaurant Association hopes that you will join them at the spring conference May 16-17, 2019 in Chicago. Read here for more information and see below for fall conference agenda.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

4 p.m. Registration Opens
6:30 p.m.

Opening Reception

Wednesday, Oct. 24

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.

Government Affairs Affecting the Restaurant Industry


Speakers: Clark Davis, Government Relations Manager, Brinker International

Travis Doster, Senior Director, Public Relations, Texas Roadhouse


Government Relations leaders from both the operator and supplier side will discuss top policy and legislative issues that affect the restaurant industry at the federal and state levels. Topics include the impact of restaurants tariffs on pricing and product availability, as well as potential legislation regarding sustainable packaging, immigration policies and minimum wage.

9:35 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

Best Practices & Winning Models of Strategic Distribution Relationships

Moderator: Brian Walker, Director, Distribution & Logistics, Panera Bread
10:25 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. Networking Break
10:55 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

GS1 and Blockchain Traceability Collaboration

Moderator: Mike Schwartz, Vice President, Member Value, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA)


Angela Fernandez, Vice President, Retail Grocery and Foodservice, GS1 US

Jay Williams, Founder, CTO & Managing Partner, Williams Technology Group

Rick Buttner, Director, Quality & Supply Chain Risk, Independent Purchasing Cooperative (SUBWAY)

Matt Cosson, Senior Vice President, Distribution & Logistics, ARCOP (Arby's Supply Chain Coop)

Jay Overstreet, Director, Supply Chain, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

12:10 p.m. -      1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Benefits of Working with Non-Governmental Organizations

Moderator: Mark Smith, Chief Procurement Officer, Centralized Supply Chain Services, LLC


Bill Herzig, Vice President, Global Aquaculture Alliance

Other Panelists TBA
1:50 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

You'll have the opportunity to visit one of the three breakout sessions below.

1. Common Supply Chain Mistakes to Avoid

2. The Journey of Leadership

3. Skills You Need to Succeed as a Category Manager

3:20 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Keynote Presentation: Shift Your Brilliance: Leading Amidst Uncertainty

Speaker: Simon T. Bailey, Innovator, Educator & Writer

  • Business change is moving at the light of speed. Learn to let go of what is comfortable and convenient in order to embrace the continually evolving economy.
  • Collaborative problem-solving will win over tradition. How you can shift and embrace new methodologies to survive, compete and thrive in a forward-thinking environment.
  • A mindset reset will reposition and revitalize your role. Ways to stay relevant and ensure your company stays competitive as technology continues to automate "traditional" business processes.


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Fast Casual Executive Summit: October 7-9, 2018 Seattle

This event is for restaurant executives in the fast casual restaurant business. The conference brings leaders together to discuss common issues and concerns in the industry.