BIG EASY ENERGY
The FMI Energy & Store Development Conference heads to New Orleans this month.
BY CAROL RADICE
THE COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE VYING for consumers’ food dol- lars is fierce. As the number of retailers, from grocers to mass merchants to dollar stores to drugstores increases, it is not enough to simply offer product. The way that product is maintained and merchandised can be just as import—if not more so.
This month’s FMI Energy & Store Development Conference, which
will take place Sept. 11-14 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, has put
together a full agenda, giving retailers a first look at trends in merchandising, refrigeration, store design, energy conservation and other key
The conference’s education program will encompass a wide range
of options from presentations and in-depth workshops to a number of
offsite events, all offering ideas and tactical solutions to help attendees
develop and maintain their businesses for years to come.
FMI officials say the conference will offer retailers an opportunity to
gain new ideas to help reduce costs and improve sustainability, plus it
will teach them how to develop practical solutions and build a shopping
experience that meets customers’ evolving needs.
In addition to education, the conference will offer a multitude of networking opportunities to connect with other professionals and potential business partners who share similar responsibilities and challenges.
The conference will also feature two Manufacture/Retailer Exchanges
(MRE). Here, say FMI officials, retailers will have the opportunity to
meet more than 100 leading suppliers of energy management, HVAC,
refrigeration, design, construction and lighting systems. Suppliers will
have the opportunity to get to know supermarket operators and answer
questions concerning their company and the development of new equipment, products and services. The first MRE will take place Sept. 11 from
4-7 p.m. and the second will be held on Sept. 12 from 4: 30-7 p.m.
Breakout sessions will follow three topic tracks—energy, refrigera-
tion and store development. Among the topics covered in the energy
sessions will be ways to reduce store energy by 50 percent, funding
energy efficient projects, how to plan and implement a portfolio-wide
solar program and an energy roundtable.
Featured topics in the refrigeration sessions will include humidity
issues in supermarkets, a cost analysis of mechanical versus electronic
expansion valves/case controllers, the pros and cons of various systems
for small stores, determining if electric or gas defrost is less expensive
for your store and a refrigeration roundtable.
Topics addressed in the store development track will delve into build-
ing urban stores, space allotment, using big data in store facilities main-
tenance, collaborative design versus design build, sustainable practices
effect on bottom line and an energy roundtable
As much as the educational portion draws attendees, so too does the
show floor where companies are on hand to demonstrate their latest
products and services. Here is a closer look at some of the exhibitors at
Airius, a manufacturer of air destratification
fans, will be highlighting its new Retail Series.
Airius destratification fans reduce temperature layering, known as stratification, between
a building’s ceiling and floor, say officials for
the Longmont, Colo.-based company.
Airius fans are also designed to cut store-wide energy costs by reducing over-heating
and over-cooling due to stratification as well
as reducing frequent starts and stops of HVAC systems.
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FMI Energy & Store Development Conference
Sept. 11-14, 2016 | New Orleans