The show will go on, barring any unforeseen circumstances. That's the cautious view expressed by Dennis Madsen, vice president, education and operation services, Food Distributors International, Falls Church, Va., about the biggest industry event scheduled after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on New York and Washington.
"It looks fine," he said. "It looks like our traditional logistics audience is coming to meet," he said.
"Attendance-wise, we are holding our own, and we are cautiously optimistic that things are going to continue to gel as we want them to, and that we'll have the size of audience we hope for. I think we can do it," he said.
New this year to the workshop program is a financial management track, which supplements workshops on distribution and logistics, transportation, information technology and human resources.
"We have a very comprehensive and high-quality program to present to the industry," Madsen said.
"We are looking forward to having all of these people come together for their annual meeting. It is a great opportunity for them to share ideas and share solutions to meet their common challenges. It's a great opportunity for networking."
A recent addition to the speaker schedule is C. Thomas Keegel, general secretary-treasurer, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Washington.
"Our members want to hear from the Teamsters. They want to know, what is the agenda for organized labor?" he said.