Need to Talk Supply Chain? Register Soon to Get Room Rate

The Association releases its reserved block of rooms at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside on Friday. To date, more than 90 percent of the block has been filled, and registrations continue.

“If there ever were a moment in which manufacturers were seeking to build and strengthen relationships with suppliers, this is it,” said Executive Vice President Vernon Schmidt. “The singular purpose of this convention is to create opportunities for manufacturer-supplier partnerships, and supply chain happens to be among the single greatest challenges in the industry. Our manufacturing members are seizing this opportunity.”

For suppliers who have not yet registered, you have time to reserve a booth in the Supplier Product Showcase. This afternoon show, while it is the cornerstone of the meeting, is supported by a series of networking events and speaker sessions that offer attendees opportunities to get to know one another beyond the product-and-price conversation.

It has historically been an event in which problems are solved together during conversation on the golf course, shooting range, or in a hotel hallway. Learn more at the Summit website at Find:

If you prefer a conversation, we’re here. Call the office at (314) 878-2304.

Mask Mandate Lifted!

Attendees to our 2022 Supply Summit in New Orleans need not pack a mask. The city’s health director lifted the indoor mask mandate last week following Mardi Gras celebrations in the city.

The city’s requirement to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result is expected to be lifted after March 21. The Association is monitoring the status each day.

Test Drive a Forklift Simulator

Attendees at the Product Showcase will have the opportunity to strap on a pair of virtual reality glasses and operate a forklift.

The virtual training simulates truck types typically used in warehouses and distribution centers, including a stand-up-reach truck, a stand-up counterbalance, and a man-up order picker.

Sponsor a Speaker/Break

Raise your visibility in the Association by sponsoring a speaker session, refreshment break, or a display in the registration area. Get in touch with Meeting Director Sarah Stevener to learn more about how sponsors are acknowledged during the event. Find her at, or (314) 878-2304.