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Profitable sustainability for warehouse operators

Washington, DC, US:  The relationship between sustainability and profit is the themes for the 122nd International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses and World Food Logistics Organization Convention taking place in May.

The annual event is the world’s largest public refrigerated warehousing and logistics event in the world and regularly attracts 700 attendees from around the world say the organisers.

Sustainability is closely linked to profit in today’s the refrigerated warehousing industry.  After labor costs, energy is the second largest expense for refrigerated warehousing operators, according to the 2012 International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses’ Productivity and Benchmarking Report.

The conventions will have the theme Profitable Sustainability with a keynote address, Finding the Gold in Green delivered by Andrew Winston, author of the book Green to Gold and Green Recovery.

Winston will talk about what works – and what does not – when it comes to sustainability. He will also talk about how companies used environmental-thinking to survive the economic downturn, thrive when things get better, and dominate for years to come.

The event will also feature educational, breakout sessions, many of which will further explore profitable sustainability, including:

  • Energy 101: A Primer for Executives led by Marcus Wilcox of Cascade Energy
  • Leveraging Energy Efficiency to Build a Sustainable Brand, led by Chris Covell and Danielle Marquis of SmartWatt Energy and Bernie Thomas of Nor-Am Cold Storage
  • Improve Warehouse Productivity and Sustainability through Lift Truck Technology led by Steve Raymond of Raymond Handling and Mike Bevers of Darigold
  • Getting Customers to Adopt WMS Technology led by Wes Jayne of Halls Warehouse

“This event will provide warehouse operators with the tools and knowledge to implement profitable sustainability at their own facilities,” said Corey Rosenbusch, president, International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses and World Food Logistics Organization.

“Warehouse operators can implement changes that positively affect not only the environment, but the bottom line and the future of warehouse companies.”

The convention takes place on May 5-8, 2013, in Hollywood, Florida, USA.