FMI to Debut Asset Protection Conference

Risk management, loss prevention and safety professionals in the supermarket industry will gather March 14 to March 17, 2010, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dallas for the Food Marketing Institute’s most recently developed event, the Asset Protection Conference.

The new educational conference combines two yearly conferences that dealt separately with loss prevention, risk management and safety issues. The new four-day event will probe current industry issues and new trends through sessions and roundtable discussions devoted to strategies for lowering costs and identifying missed revenue opportunities.

“Supermarkets have many assets to protect: associates, customers, reputation and property,” observed Steve King, director, corporate risk management at Cincinnati-based The Kroger and chairman of the FMI Risk, Insurance and Safety Management Committee. “Combining the two educational conferences into one really makes sense because there is a lot of crossover between the two departments in the industry. The Asset Protection Conference gives us the opportunity to work collaboratively on common issues such as crisis management and incident investigation.”

“Our teams work closely to prevent loss throughout the organization and to minimize the impact of any incident on our business operations,” said John Guenther, director of loss prevention for Warrensville Heights, Ohio-based Heinen’s Fine Foods, Inc. and chairman of the FMI Loss Prevention Committee. “The new conference is a great way to strengthen the relationships of teams responsible for protecting all of the organization’s assets.”

The conference will include hands-on exercises featuring real-world supermarket crisis situations, and attendees will be able to meet peers and colleagues with similar backgrounds and explore exhibits spotlighting the latest trends in safety, loss prevention and risk management. The general sessions will cover such topics as food defense, crisis management, incident investigation and breaking internal silos, while the breakout sessions and discussion groups will cover key issues including property loss, light-duty fleet safety, the impact of the aging workforce, distribution center security, training for first responders, financial fraud, slip/fall prevention, managing injury repeaters and OSHA trends and inspection strategies.

According to Arlington, Va.-based FMI, VPs, directors, managers and industry executives with responsibility for shrink, safety/security, insurance, food defense, workers’ compensation, loss prevention, risk management and crisis management/business continuity should attend.

Visit or contact Aileen Dullaghan Munster at 202.220.0704 or [email protected] for additional information.
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