Emerson Climate Technologies to Host Retail Industry Leaders at 13th Annual Technology in Action Conference
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Emerson Climate Technologies to Host Retail Industry Leaders at 13th Annual Technology in Action Conference

Customer-focused event will feature panel discussions on new efficiency standards, optimizing facility operational costs, selecting refrigerants and lowering energy costs

ST. LOUIS, April 14, 2014 — Supermarket, convenience store and food service industry professionals will gather in Point Clear, Ala., on April 14–16 for the 13th annual Emerson Technology in Action Conference (TAC) to share best practices and ideas for improving retail facility operations. Attendees at the customer event, hosted by Emerson Climate Technologies, a business segment of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), will hear from industry experts and Emerson speakers on some of the most pressing topics.
 
“This year’s Technology in Action Conference will bring together industry leaders from retailers, original equipment manufacturers and contractors to discuss topics ranging from IT security to geothermal systems, to the ongoing changes in efficiency standards to optimizing facility operational costs,” said Mark Dunson, president of Emerson Climate Technologies Retail Solutions business. “Changing retail formats, a heightened focus on energy efficiency and environmental considerations continue to drive an increasingly more complex operating environment for our customers, and this year’s conference will directly address these issues.”
 
This year’s keynote speaker is Jim Donald, current CEO of Extended Stay Hotels, former CEO at Starbucks and longtime supermarket veteran, who will present Lessons From Retail: From the Founding Executives to the Front Line Employees. The three-day conference also features four interactive panel discussions, which will provide attendees with insight on the following topics:
 
Optimizing Facility Operational Costs — This panel, consisting of representatives from Baltic Trail Engineering, Bi-Lo Holdings and PECI, will discuss the landscape of strategies, tools, services and equipment available today and how these various mechanisms can individually and collectively help retailers achieve their facility operational cost reduction goals.
 
The Case for Case Controls — In the U.S., the vast majority of refrigeration cases are controlled via circuit control. Yet, implementing individual case control leads to lower energy cost. In this panel,
experts from Cold Technology, King Kullen Grocery and Price Chopper will explore the reasons case control is not more prevalent in the U.S. as well as examine challenges to cost-effective installation. The group will also share knowledge learned from actual deployments.
 
The Impact of New Air Conditioning Efficiency Standards — In 2015 and 2016, regulations will increase the minimum efficiency levels of air conditioning equipment. Our knowledgeable panel includes experts from UTC Building and Industrial Systems, Cold Technology, Lennox and Emerson Climate who will address new efficiency regulations, review the available technologies, and discuss the implications for both air conditioning equipment and facility design.
 
Refrigerants: An Asset or Liability? — Attendees will learn how to manage existing (and new) stores in lieu of all the changes in regulations, refrigerants and architecture we face as an industry. The panel will feature experts from Lowe’s Markets, Source Refrigeration & HVAC, National Refrigerants and Whole Foods.
 
In addition, there are two TAC general sessions scheduled: Achieving Aggressive Goals in Food Retail — An Expectancy Model and Information Security in a Retail Facility.
 
Popular breakout sessions at this year’s event will include:
  • Improving Store Operations Through Enhanced Facility Processes
  • The Good, Bad and Ugly of Transforming Existing Properties Into New Grocery Stores
  • Getting the Most From Variable Capacity Air Conditioning Systems
  • CO2 System Design Considerations, Part 1 and Part 2
  • Introduction to Controls for Small Format Facilities
  • Enterprise Management for Small Format Facilities
  • Planning Your Enterprise’s Refrigerant Road Map
  • Geothermal HVAC and Refrigeration Systems
Emerson’s Technology in Action Conference is part of an overall series of events designed to help the industry make sense of refrigerants, operational visibility and energy-reduction technologies. Additional information about TAC is available by visiting http://www.emersontac.org/.
 
About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2013 were $24.7 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com
 
About Emerson Climate Technologies
Emerson Climate Technologies, a business segment of Emerson, is the world’s leading provider of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications. The group combines best-in-class technology with proven engineering, design, distribution, educational and monitoring services to provide customized, integrated climate-control solutions for customers worldwide. The innovative solutions of Emerson Climate Technologies, which include industry-leading brands such as Copeland Scroll™ and White-Rodgers™, improve human comfort, safeguard food and protect the environment. For more information, visit www.EmersonClimate.com.
 
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