The Agricultural Retailers Association Conference & Expo being held this week near Orlando, Florida is tackling some of the industry’s hottest issues, according to Leroy Startz, ING Capital, who has chaired the conference for the past eight years.
“Lot of activity going on in the mergers and acquisitions world – how is that going to impact the retailers with regard to supply chain and product availability?” said Startz. “We’re also focused on regulatory issues, talent, and networking.”
Startz says they have several first time exhibitors in the new technology area of the Expo this year. “There’s a lot more technology, a lot more use of drones,” he said. “The real key is what type of services they can provide through the retailer and how measurable is that going to be.”
Learn more about the convention, which wraps up today, in this interview: [wpaudio url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zimmcomm/ara-16-startz.mp3″ text=”Interview with Leroy Startz, ING Capital”]
Lots of photos being uploaded here: 2016 ARA Conference & Expo Photo Album