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Reopening, Only Better…

It’s difficult to peer through the fog of uncertainty surrounding our collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic to see exactly what the post-crisis world will look like. Even the most fundamental aspects of our lives, like school and work, are subject to profound changes as a result of the upheaval that we have all experienced.

What is fascinating to watch is how the seeds of change that were already in the air have taken hold and quickly moved from left field to mainstream. Online learning isn’t new; but, our reliance on it over the past several months has forever changed its place in the education system. Working from home isn’t new, but now that we’ve been forced to embrace it where possible, it will likely change the traditional office setting in profound ways moving forward.

For restaurants, delivery and off-premises dining aren’t new trends, but after COVID-19, they will likely account for a significant portion of the revenue streams that many future restaurants will depend on for survival.

The examples go on and on from every walk of life. It is amazing how quickly we can adapt to change when it is the only option.

FEDA is jumping in with both feet by moving its annual meeting to a virtual event taking place Sept. 22-24, 2020 on a smart screen near you. This will be a great opportunity for the dealer community to lean in to a new way of sharing and disseminating information that is vital to its collective future. We are excited to be a part of it all, with Joe Carbonara and Kathy Langlois moderating live panels and me presenting awards on behalf of FEDA to deserving members and affiliates.

Our own re-imagined FED Lunch & Learn series will take place on four successive Tuesdays in October as a series of sessions. You’ll find all the details on our website. We are aiming to serve bite-size morsels of insight and wisdom from some of the brightest minds we could find to help you sharpen your ax with an eye toward a better reopening. We hope that you make plans to join us.