UgoWork’s strategic focus on food and beverage sectors amplified at IFDA Solutions Conference

Powering progress: Unleashing lithium-ion solutions to propel food industry material handling advancements

Quebec, September 7, 2023 – UgoWork™, a Canadian lithium-ion energy solutions provider specialized in the material handling industry, is set to make a significant impact by representing MHI’s Advanced Energy Council (AEC) at the upcoming IFDA Solutions Conference. Hosted by the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA), the conference is slated to take place from September 11 to 13 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas.

In a focused effort to further enhance its contributions to the food and beverage sectors in the United States and Canada, UgoWork will contribute to the AEC panel by sharing its extensive energy expertise, garnered through years of data gathering from its cloud-connected lithium-ion battery solutions. With an unwavering commitment to reshaping the landscape of material handling, UgoWork is excited to share best practices in effective energy management, optimizing fleet and operations, and promoting efficient energy consumption.

The conference will feature a workshop session titled “Lithium-ion Batteries: A New Ingredient to Boost Material Handling Efficiency in the Food Industry.” This illuminating session, scheduled for Monday, September 11, from 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM, will see Jean-François Marchand, UgoWork’s Marketing Director and representative of MHI’s Advanced Energy Council, sharing insights alongside eminent industry experts.

As part of a distinguished panel that includes Jinger J. McPeak, VP Ethium – Ethium by EControls, and Martin Boyd, VP Product Planning & Solutions – Hyster-Yale Group, Marchand will delve into critical aspects of lithium-ion battery technology and their applications in the food industry. The discussion will span a comprehensive introduction to lithium-ion batteries, including Temperature Control, Safety, Data and Vehicle Integration, as well as their impact on Asset Lifespan, Maintenance, ESG Implications, and ROI.

UgoWork’s and the AEC’s presence at the IFDA Solutions Conference is a testament to their dedication to advancing energy solutions in the material handling sector. The IFDA is renowned for its association with industry giants such as Conagra Foodservice, McCain Foods USA, Penske, and Unilever Food Solutions, adding a significant layer of credibility to the event.

Jean-François Marchand emphasized the importance of this participation, stating, “It’s a privilege for us to represent the Advanced Energy Council and to have access to an audience for whom we’re convinced we can deliver benefits. In the context of industry transformation, we want to share knowledge about the benefits of advancement that will help them. We listen to the concerns of our customers to adapt our offer. 50% of our customers are in the food and beverage sector.”

About UgoWork

UgoWork develops, manufactures, and offers energy expertise and innovative lithium-ion power solutions that unlock the possibilities of Energy as a Service for the material handling industry. The company provides a flexible and cost-efficient consumption model that guarantees uptime and peace of mind. Its cloud-based approach to fleet optimization, pay-per-use program, energy insight, continuous field service, uptime guarantee, and end-of-life management enable fleet managers to execute their energy transition seamlessly. UgoWork’s products and energy solutions cater to industrial trucks operating in the food and beverage, manufacturing, transportation, and distribution sectors.

Based in Quebec, Canada, the company offers its advanced, cost-efficient, and proven energy management programs across North America to many Fortune 500 companies.

About AEC – Advanced Energy Council

Founded in 2023, the Advanced Energy Council was established to represent the companies that produce, implement, and support advanced energy technologies and accessories. The group was formed with the intention of being inclusive of current and future motive energy storage technologies. AEC aims to serve as the collective voice in the industry to promote innovative energy solutions and education for the market, colleagues, and end users.

About MHI

MHI is an international trade association that has represented the material handling, logistics and supply chain industry since 1945. MHI’s over 900 members include material handling and logistics equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers and third-party logistics providers. MHI offers education, networking and solution sourcing for their members, the members’ customers and the industry as a whole through programming and events. The association sponsors the ProMat and MODEX expos to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate manufacturing and supply chain professionals. The Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) is a division of MHI and provides education and research to the warehousing, distribution, and logistics community.

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