cold chain


Refrigerated supply chains impact everything from chemicals to produce to pharmaceuticals, and every piece of the cold chain puzzle must be closely planned and monitored to ensure these delicate items reach their destination in-tact. What are leaders in the industry experiencing and how are they addressing new challenges? How have cold chains adapted in the past year to meet new demands? What does the future of the cold supply chain look like? Join us for the Cold Chain Summit to learn how to better serve your customers, carriers and partners and to explore the emerging trends in this vital industry.


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8/11/21 9:00 am

Anthony Smith
Chief Economist
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Kaylee Nix
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Keynote: The latest tech trends for the cold chain

8/11/21 9:05 am

When it comes to cold chain the efficiencies and growth over the next decade will be driven by technology. What does the future hold for cold chain networks as direct to consumer deliveries increase expotentially and cold storage capacity becomes ever more scarce around world.

Sudarsan Thattai
Chief Information Officer
Lineage Logistics
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George Abernathy
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Fireside Chat: The regulatory pressures of the global cold chain

8/11/21 9:25 am

The Global Cold Chain Alliance represents 1,300 companies in over 85 countries that are involved in the cold chain industry. In this fireside chat, Lowell Randell, the group’s senior vice president for government and legal affairs, talks about regulations and policy issues affecting the industry, including new transportation data requirements, truck driver recruitment, and the government’s role in alleviating congestion in the supply chain.

John Gallagher
Chief Washington Correspondent
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Lowell Randel
SVP of Government and Legal Affairs
Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA)
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Fireside Chat: Cold Chain Challenges in the Pharmaceutical Industry

8/11/21 9:45 am

The COVID-19 pandemic put a big spotlight on the cold chain's role in the pharmaceutical industry. Alex Guite, with the drug distributor World Courier, explains how the cold chain took on that challenge and what drug distributors have learned about the cold chain from the pandemic.

Alex Guite
Vice President Services and Alliances
World Courier
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Matt Blois
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Fireside Chat: The challenges and opportunities of 2-day grocery delivery

8/11/21 10:05 am

Sr. Retail Analyst Andrew Cox is joined by Mark Nelson, CEO of Perishable Shipping Solutions to discuss how e-commerce is reshaping the cold chain. PSS provides fulfillment services to food brands, with a nice in perishable food items. PSS has a fulfillment solution to meet 85% of Americans with 2-day overnight shipping. Mark explains the challenges of meeting timetables, the cascading costs when they don't, and why online grocery is still in its very early innings.

Andrew Cox
Market Research Analyst
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Mark Nelson
Perishable Shipping Solutions
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Fireside Chat: How hackers attack the cold chain

8/11/21 10:25 am

Cybercriminals are putting the cold chain in the crosshairs. Kurt George, a vice president with Property Damage Appraisers, chats with FreightWaves cybersecurity reporter Nate Tabak about why ransomware attacks are hitting cold storage facilities and what companies can do to protect themselves.

Kurt George
Vice President, Strategy & Marketing
Property Damage Appraisers, Inc.
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Nate Tabak
Border and North America Correspondent
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Rapid-Fire Demo: Skybitz

8/11/21 10:45 am

This session will demonstrate the industry's newest and most innovative reefer fleet management solution to-date. Created in partnership with Skybitz and Coretex, reefer fleets now have a single sign-on that brings tracking together with monitoring the health of the fleet from fuel consumption, temperature control to minimize loss and damage, to determining equipment utilization and improving maintenance efficiencies. 

Fireside Chat: The importance of site selection for cold chain facilities

8/11/21 10:55 am

New cold chain capacity is expensive and complicated to fit into your network. It's not all about location either as you also have to think about location, power, and government partnerships.

David Hickey
Managing Director
Hickey & Associates
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Kevin Hill
Host, Put That Coffee Down
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Fireside Chat: Tracking container temperatures on the high seas

8/11/21 11:10 am

Moving temperature-sensitive foods takes a collaborative effort in technology, and SeaCube is supporting that effort with its container leasing strategy

Gregory Tuthill
Chief Commercial Officer
SeaCube Containers
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Kaylee Nix
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8/11/21 11:30 am

Tim Dooner
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Michael Vincent
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Jonathan Swart
Director, Specialized Operations
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Tim O'Rourke
Senior Managing Director
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Meshach Weber
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Lunch + Gatheround Networking Session presented by Loadsure

8/11/21 12:00 pm

Fireside Chat: The latest refrigerated trailer technology

8/11/21 12:35 pm

The pandemic's influence on home delivery accelerated a permanent change that Wabash National Corp. saw years before COVID changed the way we eat, meet and work. The company began working on low-carbon solutions like equipping trailers with solar-power refrigeration units and is expanding use of its thermally efficient molded structural composite across all its trailer and last-mile body lines.

Brent Yeagy
President and CEO
Wabash National
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Alan Adler
Midwest Bureau Chief
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Fireside Chat: Challenges in the wholesale supply chain

8/11/21 12:50 pm

John Brewer of CKE Restaurants reviews the changes and the pressures that e-commerce and the pandemic have put on the cold chain for restaurant operators.

John Brewer
Director of Distribution and Logistics
CKE Restaurants, Inc.
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John Kingston
Executive Editor and Oil Market Expert
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Fireside Chat: The cold chain as it flies around the world

8/11/21 1:15 pm

Maintaining the integrity of temperature-sensitive products, especially pharmaceuticals, during distribution requires refrigerated warehouses and trucks. Extending the cold chain to air adds another layer of complexity. Envirotainer was one of the early companies that years ago began providing insulated containers with cooling properties. Since then the technology has evolved. Envirotainer's Donald Harrision joins Air Cargo Editor Eric Kulisch to discuss the latest advances in refrigeration of air cargo containers and tracking in-transit temperature deviations, the COVID vaccines distribution and the logistics of leasing and repositioning containers around the world.

Eric Kulisch
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Donald Harrison
Head of Global Key Accounts
Envirotainer AB
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Fireside Chat: How refrigerated carriers are adapting to new buying trends

8/11/21 1:30 pm

Danny Christner, CEO of John Christner Trucking, describes changes in food habits and how carriers can stay agile to meet customer expectations. Christner explains the difficulties of modifying food supply chains and his thoughts on if these habitual changes are here to stay.

Danny Christner
John Christner Trucking
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Grace Sharkey
Staff Writer
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Closing Remarks

8/11/21 1:50 pm


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