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Food Shipper Conference Recap

April 3, 2023

The Simple Logistics team attended the 67th Annual Food Shipper Conference put together by Food Shippers of America in March in Palm Desert. The event attracts 1,400 food supply chain professionals to network and discuss opportunities and challenges facing the industry. This was Simple Logistics’ first year sponsoring the FSA Conference, and the event did not disappoint.  Seeing our name listed on the walls throughout the conference as a sponsor made it very special for us.

Dustin and Brett standing in front of a Simple Logistics sponsorship banner at the FSA Conference

Dustin (left) and Brett (right) point out the Simple Logistics sponsorship banner at the 2023 FSA Conference.


Attendees heard from a variety of industry leaders on important industry topics. Bob Costello, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the American Trucking Associations, talked about economic data and how it will affect the supply chain.

His outlook includes:

  • 2023 mild recession is the likely path, but timing is tricky – especially with continued strength in services and the labor market
  • Any macro recession should be short and shallow
  • A soft landing is not out of the question.

Brett Halan, our VP of Sales, said, “Being a part of the FSA conference was extremely exciting. It was a large mix of professionals from all parts of the industry. We got to have dinner and cocktails with longtime customers. We also had very productive introductory meetings. Solidifying relationships in this industry by meeting face to face is priceless. Will always be grateful to work with awesome people.”

FSA Conference Slideshow with Simple Logistics AD showing

Simple Logistics showcased during session slideshow.


Dustin Wagner, EVP of Sales for Simple noted “The event gave the opportunity to meet with a number of our current shippers and introduce ourselves to potential new shipper partners as well. When you can have these face-to-face interactions at an event like the FSA, you need to soak in the information and learn from some of the best in the food and beverage industry. Simple Logistics took in a lot of good ideas from this conference, and we look forward to building on those ideas at future FSA events.”

The Simple Logistics team on the golf course in Palm Desert at the FSA Conference golf tournament.

The Simple Logistics team at the conference golf tournament in Palm Desert.


Not only did we learn a lot, we also were able to show off some of our golf skills. Our very own Jeff Paul won one of the long drive contests at the golf tournament. We had a great time at the event and look forward to future gatherings of industry experts!

The 17 Golf Tournament Winners standing together at the FSA 2023 Conference.

FSA 2023 Conference Golf Tournament Winners, including our very own Jeff Paul (back row far left).

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