The 128th IARW-WFLO Convention is dubbed the No. 1 event for executives of temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics companies and industry suppliers eager to advance the cold chain. And, this year, the conference will hone in on relevant advancements and temperature-controlled trends impacting tomorrow’s supply chains.

The show, hosted by the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), Alexandria, Va., takes place April 7-April 10 at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

The convention will kick off with keynote speaker John Sileo, who will discuss critical cybersecurity threats and solutions. While third-party logistics providers may not be considered an obvious target for large-scale security threats, the ramifications of such a breach can be crippling. This session will help attendees forge a high-level, non-technical path through the web of human decision-making, cyber defense, mobile tracking and traceability, Internet of Things (IoT), social media and cloud computing. This highly-interactive presentation will build on Sileo’s experience losing everything to cybercrime, continue with a live hacking demonstration of an audience member’s smartphone and end with an actionable roadmap of next steps.

Pioneers in the industry. Gone are the Focus Sessions and in its place is Cool Pioneers, where IARW warehouse members share their innovation secrets to tackling human capital development, cost savings, time savings and more.

Peer-to-peer networking. Peer-to-peer executive discussions provide attendees a chance to share ideas, ask questions and solve problems with peers in a small group setting. A moderator guides the participants through questions submitted in advance, diving into the subjects that matter most to executives in the cold chain industry.


Technical sessions. A select group of IARW supplier members will present high-level industry perspectives on how they see the industry evolving. These presentations will also cover how their solutions, tools and/or technologies can help support and better prepare their customer’s businesses for the future.

State of the association. Join leadership, staff and board members to learn the latest developments being made to advance initiatives found in the IARW-WFLO Strategic Plan. In 2016, IARW-WFLO unveiled an outward-facing strategic plan focused on leading the cold chain and helping members grow their businesses. In the three years since the plan’s implementation, staff have taken tremendous strides toward accomplishing the mission.

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