D.C. Summit is a Productive Time of Networking & Advocacy

U-Select-It believes it is important to build meaningful relationships in order to have the best impact in the convenient services industry and the broader community. USI recently had the chance to enhance important relationships at the NAMA DC Fly-In & Advocacy Summit, where we networked with clients and discussed vending related legislation with U.S. lawmakers at the Capitol. 

Roughly 260 people from the convenient services industry attended the summit this year. “What’s really unique and powerful about this event is that you representation from all facets of the convenience services industry from product suppliers to vending operators to equipment manufacturers such as ourselves.  During the Fly-In customers, suppliers, partners and even competitors from every corner of the United States come together for the singular purpose of bettering the business environment for our industry as a whole,” said USI CMO Ashley Hubler.

Important topics discussed at this year’s summit included small business reform and changing the commercial driving age from 21 to 18. Currently interstate commerce is limited to drivers 21 years and older which restricts the opportunities for younger workers to earn good wages by filling the truck driving shortages across the industry. This law would even prohibit drivers from traveling to cities just miles apart because there is a state border between them. The industry believes in adding important safety measures as well in any legislation lowering commercial driving age. USI is also keeping a close eye on the United States’ discussion with China regarding tariffs on imports. USI uses quality imported materials to manufacture vending equipment and hopes the government will support USI’s continued use of these materials. 

USI was thankful discuss these issues with legislators on Capitol Hill. This us USI’s fourth year getting a chance to meet with Sen. Joni Ernst. “Four years ago we met with Senator Ernst as simply an introduction to our business and industry,” said Hubler. “But now there’s a better understanding of our issues and a relationship that wasn’t there before.” U-Select-It also met with staffers from Rep. Julie Axne and Sen. Chuck Grassley respective office.

U-Select-It Leadership with U.S. Senator Joni Ernst

The Fly-In also provided opportunities for face-to-face interaction with customers and distributors. “Understanding our customers’ pain points, what they enjoy about working with U-Select-It, and how we can improve their experience is important to us,” said Hubler. Customers voiced their excitement about the Evoke Snack 6’s styling, reliability and performance, while also expressing their excitement for the refrigerated combo Evoke model being released later this year.

This year’s NAMA DC Fly-In & Advocacy Summit was another success as USI was able to reconnect with clients and build relationships with representatives from Congress. Discussing solutions to the most pressing issues and ones on the horizon make the convenient services industry all the stronger moving forward.