Speakers presented strategies, trends and foresight
Second to present was A.J. Sackett explaining its H.I.M. mixer. The company contends this is the next generation of fertilizer blending. It features two counter-rotating paddles, has a fluidized movement and has a tight turn tolerance so that there are no dead zones in the mixer where product can get stuck. A video was shown demonstrating how the mixer works and showed its instant discharge for multiple small batches. Troy Pearl of J.B. Pearl, a retailer from St. Mary’s, Kan., shared this retailer’s experience of using the H.I.M. mixer. He explained that it increased the tons per hour mixed.
Attendees were then asked to vote for which product they through had the greatest level of innovation. A.J. Sackett’s H.I.M. Mixer won the vote.
The final speaker of the conference was Steve Garvey, president of Garvey Management Group, and a former major league baseball player who played for both the Dodgers and San Diego Padres.
Garvey shared his experiences about being a baseball player and how what he learned can be applied to business today. He said your business is only as good as your ability to grow together, and he said to keep refining your skills. He studied other pitchers to learn their techniques and compared that to retailers watching how others do business and to never stop learning throughout a career. Other advice he gave was try not to make the same mistake twice.
Feeding America is important and he wanted retailers to remember that they are important in reaching that goal.
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