On the Show Floor as Part of NAMA Central

Education & Engagement

On the Main Stage in the exhibit hall, you’ll find education and engagement  – a curated lineup of insightful supplier strategies and perspectives at the epicenter of NAMA Central.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

2:45pm - 3:15pm

Leveraging Data to Improve Operations and Gain Consumers

According to experts, companies that are data-driven tend to have higher productivity and higher profits. With an abundance of data all around us, the key is extracting meaningful operational insights, and turning those into profit. Learn how to leverage data insights to improve operations and engage consumers while being fully compliant with consumer privacy laws.

Krishna Vedula | Chief Technology Officer, 365 Retail Markets

4:00pm - 4:15pm

Remote Price Updates and Your Business

Vendors Exchange will discuss the value of remote price updates and the latest technology and software integrations to help get you started today.

Tom Westerman | ViP of Sales, Vendors Exchange

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Learning Lab: Hacks to Support Your Service Team

Networking and supplier relationships are some of convenience services' many opportunities for your tech team to become more fluid in its trade. Learn how to plug in with your suppliers and minimize the time your service team spends with tech support. Operators will walk away knowing how their tech team's service calls can be more efficient and professional.

Maria Cleaveland | Director of Sales, North America, Urnex

5:15pm - 5:30pm

Trends and Challenges Disrupting the OOH Cold Beverage Industry

Consumers want healthier beverage options but reject single-use plastic. Suppliers want to offer more but deal with fewer vendors. How can businesses meet these needs without losing revenue? What are some of the trends and challenges disrupting the future of OOH cold beverage?

Matt Dudley | Sales Director, North America, Marco Beverage Systems

Thursday, April 7, 2022

10:15am - 10:45am

Leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Better Serve Your Customers

Operators with connected machines have an incredible amount of data flowing into their systems. The trick is finding the right tools that can help them turn that data into revenue. Leveraging technology, specifically tools with AI integrations can help operators become more efficient while driving more sales.

Bill Bartholic | Cantaloupe
Scott Anderson | Hivery
Jared Detwiler | One Source

11:15am - 11:45am

Learning Lab: Attracting Outside Capital to Grow Your Business

For new and growing businesses it is a prime time to scale up and outside capital can offer the opportunity to grow more quickly. In this session learn more about the investment process and how to prepare your business.

Rich Jander | Maranon, L.P.
Jacques Zureikat | Houlihan Capital

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Consumer Insights, Preparing for the New Normals

Come explore an in depth look into consumer behavior and consumption trends.

Nicholas Banke | Director of Marketing and Insights, Vistar

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Learning Lab: Sustainability Insights from the MSU School of Hospitality

Join this session to learn how the hospitality industry builds sustainability into its business infrastructure, and what convenience services can learn for it. Hear about efficiently meeting your sustainability goals from the MSU School of Hospitality's next generation of leaders.

Tim Mehlberg | Hospitality Business Instructor, MSU
Julia Fry | Student, MSU
Annalise Shaw | Student, MSU

1:45pm - 2:00pm

Stopping Theft, Gaining Compliance

Panoptyc is a loss prevention and camera company that uses AI to stop theft in thousands of micro-markets. Their CEO will share loss prevention techniques used by the nation's best.

Mac Bolak | CEO, Panoptyc

2:45pm - 3:15pm

Learning Lab: Growing Revenue Streams in Small Drop Delivery and Ghost Kitchens

Logistically, delivering a smaller quantity of products more directly to consumers can be very different from traditional convenience services routing. If small drop delivery is a channel of interest, then come learn pitfalls and opportunities you should know when getting started. Learn how to leverage tech in order to build stronger relationships with consumers.

Scott Halloran | CEO, Trolley House Refreshments
Olivia Graham | Customer Success Manager, Lunchbox

3:30pm - 3:45pm

How to Overcome Supply Chain Issues with Technology

See how technology can boost your product merchandising, streamline stocking efficiency, and facilitate product experimentation to effectively make it through the supply chain crisis.

Alan Munson | CCO, Parlevel Systems