Smoke Jumpers 2020

A Trade & Tech Investment Conference for CPG Superheroes

The Fairmont, Millennium Park, Chicago • June 2-4

Watch this video to see what the Smoke Jumpers trade & tech conference experience is all about:

 

 

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Smoke Jumpers 2020 Conference Agenda:

Networking  |  Education  |  Strategy

Tues. June 2 - Arrive

Weds. June 3 - Conference

Thurs. June 4 - 1:1s / Depart

6:00 pm -

9:00 pm

Welcome Reception

Event Kick Off!

Join us at the Lakeshore Sports & Fitness facility at Illinois Center.

This happy hour will take place the evening before the conference and is a fan favorite for both local and out-of-town attendees.

ADDRESS:

211 North Stetson, Chicago, IL 60601

NOTE: The facility is attached to the hotel. You don’t even have to go outside to get there.

7:30 am -

8:30 am

Breakfast & Registration

8:30 am -

9:00 am

Opening Session

We’ll let you know what to expect from the event and also what to expect from Blacksmith in our 20th year!

Paul Wietecha: CEO @ Blacksmith Applications

9:00 am -

9:30 am

Promotions in the Ecommerce Ecosystem

Ready. Set. Grow.

Ecommerce is a critical growth driver for modern CPGs. You’ll learn what it really takes to succeed with digital customers.

Kris McDermott: Head of Ecommerce @ Edelman

10:00 am -

11:15 am

Speed Networking (back by popular demand)

With the conference growing every year, we don’t want to lose what makes Smoke Jumpers great…the connections you make with one another.

The event staff will facilitate an hour-long speed networking session to ensure you meet as many new faces as possible.

Facilitated by Caitlin Orosz: Marketing @ Blacksmith

11:15 am -

11:30 am

BREAK

11:30 am -

12:00 pm

Annual Trade Excellence Awards Presentation

At each Smoke Jumpers conference, we take time to recognize customers who demonstrate excellence in managing trade investments and leveraging technology.

Read about some of our past winners HERE.

Various MCs from the Blacksmith team

12:00 pm -

1:00 pm

Lunch & Freestyle Networking

1:00 pm -

Afternoon Breakouts Commence

*Details coming soon! We are planning specific sessions for all system users and segment topics for retail and foodservice in addition to an invite-only executive breakout.

8:00 am -

TBD

Private Meetings

If you wish to schedule time with the Blacksmith team on Thursday morning, please respond accordingly when registering and we’ll reach out to coordinate your session.

Conference Breakout Details | June 3

Breakout A

Breakout B

Breakout C

Executive Breakout

1:00 pm -

5:00 pm

Foodservice Topics

  • GoSimple (foodservice): Best Practices & New Features
  • FORGE (foodservice): Best Practices & New Features
  • Advanced Analytics – Peer Discovery Session
  • How to Improve Deduction/Billback Reconciliation & How to Negotiate with Customers
  • Reporting Tips & Tricks
  • Round Table Wrap-Up

NOTE: You can bounce from room to room throughout the day. We’ve planned some of the most in-demand sessions to take place at multiple points in time, so you don’t miss any topics of interest. Exact times and room assignments for breakouts will be presented at the meeting.

1:00 pm -

5:00 pm

Retail Topics

  • FORGE (retail): Best Practices & New Features
  • GoSimple (retail): Best Practices & New Features
  • How to Innovate Your Post-Event Analysis Approach
  • Technology’s Role in Annual Planning
  • Reporting Tips & Tricks
  • Round Table Wrap-Up

NOTE: You can bounce from room to room throughout the day. We’ve planned some of the most in-demand sessions to take place at multiple points in time, so you don’t miss any topics of interest. Exact times and room assignments for breakouts will be presented at the meeting.

1:00 pm -

5:00 pm

Cross-Channel Topics

  • TPO (retail): Best Practices & New Features
  • How to Improve Deduction/Billback Reconciliation & How to Negotiate with Customers
  • Advanced Analytics – Peer Discovery
  • FORGE (retail): Best Practices & New Features
  • TPO (retail): Best Practices & New Features
  • Round Table Wrap-Up

NOTE: You can bounce from room to room throughout the day. We’ve planned some of the most in-demand sessions to take place at multiple points in time, so you don’t miss any topics of interest. Exact times and room assignments for breakouts will be presented at the meeting.

1:00 pm -

5:00 pm

Session Open by Invitation Only

The agenda for our executives will harken back to the “old days” of Smoke Jumpers.

Customized strategic group talking topics, peer case studies and external presenters will be arranged specifically for the attendees in this session.

Representatives from the Blacksmith team will be on point to facilitate.

Event FAQ

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Book Your Accommodations

This year’s Smoke Jumpers meetings will be held at The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park • 200 N Columbus Dr, Chicago IL 60601

Reserve your room at the group rate ($299/night) • Book before May 9

Sessions begin on Wednesday June 3 in the Crystal Room • 3rd floor

 

 


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