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McDonald's Innovation Center & Armada Distribution Tour

February 21, 2018
11:00 AM CST - 1:00 PM CST
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McDonald's Innovation Center and Armada DC
1257 North Schmidt Rd
Romeoville, IL 60446
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mcd     Innovation Center - Romeoville

This world-class facility is the innovation and testing hub for McDonald’s, where staff focus is on testing various market and operational capabilities. The facility has three kitchens that can be reconfigured to look and operate like any McDonald’s restaurant in any country around the world.

By fully exploring ideas in a risk-free, cost-effective environment at the Innovation Center, the company can make sure everything works before introducing new products to franchisees for implementation.  This innovation approach is especially important since McDonald’s has nearly 32,000 locations in 119 countries, serving more than 50 million customers each and every day.  Problems in an untested new program would be greatly magnified if implemented on such a scale.


armada     Armada Distribution Center

Distributors face tough challenges, with product needs constantly in motion.  Often, shipments are not large enough to require a full truckload of goods, and less-than-truckload (LTL) quantities are inefficient to ship, draining resources. It’s especially true of low-volume SKUs that eat up valuable floor space and turn over infrequently.

Armada steps in as a replenishment source. We receive full truckload orders of thousands of SKUs, and deliver LTL quantities to distributors on-demand in full truckloads. Distribution centers no longer need to stockpile inventory in anticipation of potential restaurant demand.

Meet at the visitor's entrance at 1257 North Schmidt Road. Closed-toe shoes required, reflective vests will be provided. No photos, please.


  • 11:00am – McDonald’s Innovation Center Tour
  • 11:45am – Lunch (sampling what the Test Kitchen is making that day)
  • 12:15pm – Armada DC Tour
  • 1:00pm - Q&A / Wrap-up


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$0.00 Non-Members

$0.00 Full-Time Students