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FMI/IFDA to Address Disaster Planning at 2005 Productivity Convention

WASHINGTON -- In an era when agroterrorism remains a possibility and hurricanes are costing retailers significant business, supermarkets may be relieved to see that a multisession module on disaster planning will be a highlight of the education program at the 2005 Productivity Convention and EXPO, taking place from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25 in Orlando, Fla.

Hosted by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the International Foodservice Distribution Association (IFDA), the convention is the premier annual event for food distribution, transportation, operations, and logistics professionals.

Coming during one of the most dramatic hurricane seasons in U.S. history, the four-part program module will be led by Robert Zegarra, a global consultant and recognized expert in disaster planning and business recovery.

"Food distributors are an absolutely critical force in times of natural or terrorist-made disasters," Zegarra said in a statement from FMI. "Not only are they a key juncture in the food delivery supply chain, they also serve as an important collection and delivery point for all disaster relief materials, provide trucks for transporting goods, and dedicate staff trained in logistics operations."

The disaster-planning module is part of an intensive, 40-session education program featuring presenters from across the industry -- retail and wholesale operators, foodservice distributors, consultants, government officials, and experts from various disciplines -- addressing key subjects such as transportation and distribution logistics, technology, and human resources. Sessions will be presented in multiple formats, including general sessions, workshops, roundtable discussions, and idea exchanges.

Specific sessions include:

-- Process Safety Management: Getting Started in Your Disaster Recovery Plan

-- Planning for the Safety of Your People and Your Products

-- Thinking Ahead in Technology: Keep the Power On and Keep the Data Flowing

-- What's Our Plan for Going Live Again?

For details visit the 2005 Productivity Convention & EXPO Web site at

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