Smoke Jumpers XVII & Cubs Game

May 9-11, 2018 | LondonHouse Chicago

Smoke Jumpers is a share-group comprised of senior retail and foodservice personnel from top CPG companies.

 

 

Join the Smoke Jumpers group for May’s meeting

Strategic Sessions, May 10

Cubs Game, May 11

7:30 AM -

8:30 AM

Breakfast

LondonHouse Chicago, Juliette A

8:30 AM -

9:00 AM

Welcome / General Session

Talk about hot button topics in the industry and what you need to prepare for to meet change head-on. Paul will reveal some exciting partnerships built to enhance the value Blacksmith brings to your organization.

Paul Wietecha

9:00 AM -

10:00 AM

The NPD Group: Optimizing New Product Volume Forecasting

The foodservice marketplace is growing very slowly, yet many companies depend on new products for revenue growth. Operators and their customers continue to seek out new and interesting foods and beverages in both commercial restaurants and non-commercial outlets. As an industry, how do we optimize the opportunity for new products and limit investment in products that will not be successful?

Warren Solochek

10:15 AM -

11:15 AM

Dining Alliance: GPO Data Transparency

A truly innovative approach to the GPO / manufacturer relationship – one focused on transparency. Learn the initiatives Dining Alliance has in place to share and monitor data.

John Davie

11:15 AM -

12:00 PM

Conagra Brands: Pricing Approval Process Enhancements

Matt Stredney will present the planning and implementation of a new pricing approval process. Learn how Conagra worked with Blacksmith to route deviation requests to category business managers. Matt will take you from start to finish, how to identify problems in your process, how to gain support from internal partners, how to work with Blacksmith, and how to ensure process adoption.

Matt Stredney

12:00 PM -

1:00 PM

Lunch

LondonHouse Chicago, Juliette A

1:00 PM -

1:30 PM

GoSimple Updates

Blacksmith Applications acquired GoSimple in January 2018. Since that time we have melded the teams and created a stronger organization. Brian Maloney, General Manager – GoSimple and Foodservice industry veteran, will introduce you to the latest and greatest product partnerships and services coming out of the acquisition.

Brian Maloney

1:30 PM -

2:00 PM

D&W Fine Pack: The Art of Business Intelligence – Make Every Dollar Count

It’s critical to make every trade dollar count. It’s also easier said than done. Mark Forbes will walk you through the D&W Fine Pack approach of using business intelligence to gain insight into the total profitability of trade spend programs.

Mark Forbes

2:00 PM -

3:00 PM

Case Study

3:00 PM -

3:30 PM

Capturing Operator Attention - Considerations for Dynamic Marketing

3:30 PM -

3:45 PM

Break

3:45 PM -

4:30 PM

Achievement Awards

4:30 PM -

6:30 PM

Attendee Free Time

6:45 PM -

7:00 PM

Walk to AceBounce

Meet in the lobby of the LondonHouse and we’ll head over to AceBounce  together!

203 N Clark – Corner of Clark & Wacker

7:00 PM -

10:00 PM

AceBounce Networking Event

1:00 PM -

1:20 PM

Doors Open

Cheer on the Cubs against the White Sox at 3639 N. Sheffield, Wrigley Rooftop.

Must bring your photo ID.

1:20 PM -

4:30 PM

First Pitch


What to Know for the Meeting

Answers to Your FAQ

 

  1. We’re finalizing the agenda and event details. Keep an eye on your email for more information or check back here, as we will continue to update this page.
  2. Registration closes Thursday, April 26.
  3. You can view the past attendee list and past presentations.
  4. We encourage all trade management professionals to join us, whether you’re a customer or not.
  5. There is no registration fee. Attendees are responsible for expenses associated with their own accommodations. We hope you don’t need to cancel your registration, but if you do, please let us know by April 30. Should you cancel after April 30, a $500 cancellation fee will be charged.

Venue Details

LondonHouse Chicago

Reserve your room at the stunning LondonHouse Chicago, a one-of-a-kind property where Chicago began, on Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. To receive the group rate, reserve your room by April 13.

Room rate: $249/night

Reservations can be made online or by phone 1-800-445-8667 (mention group code “SMO”)

Address: 85 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago IL

#SJXVII2018 Events

Welcome Reception | 5.9

Whether this is your first event or you never miss a meeting, join us to kick off Smoke Jumpers VXII with fun, food and networking. Meet us at the LondonHouse terrace, Etoile.

Strategic Sessions | 5.10

Meet us in the Juliette Room at the LondonHouse for a full day of trade management best practices, trends and insights. After the sessions, we’ll head over to AceBounce to eat, play and talk.

Cubs Game | 5.11

Root for the home team! This year, at our annual Wrigley Rooftop event, the Cubs take on the White Sox, Friday at 1:20 PM. Make sure you register because spots fill up quickly.

Keynote Presentation


The NPD Group

WARREN SOLOCHEK, President – Foodservice Practice

Optimizing New Product Volume Forecasting

 

The foodservice marketplace is growing very slowly, yet many companies depend on new products for revenue growth. Operators and their customers continue to seek out new and interesting foods and beverages in both commercial restaurants and non-commercial outlets. As an industry, how do we optimize the opportunity for new products and limit investment in products that will not be successful? The NPD Group’s Warren Solochek, President – Foodservice Practice, will share a multi-step optimization process to help with go/no-go decisions.


May 10th Strategic Topic: GPO Data Transparency

Presented by John Davie, CEO - Dining Alliance

Come listen to John Davie talk about a truly innovative approach to the GPO / manufacturer relationship – one focused on transparency. John will walk you through the initiatives Dining Alliance has in place to share and monitor data.


Photo Album

Images from #SJXVI2017

View photos from our fall session at the Chicago Athletic Association and networking venues.

Past Attendees Include Senior Personnel From:


Exclusive Smoke Jumpers Content

Explore our Smoke Jumpers resource center for access to meeting materials, our share-group member list, and strategic presentations from past events.