Four days of networking, innovation, and new product launches greeted 25,539 attendees of the 2019 NACS Show. Standing at over 425,000 square feet and featuring more than 1,200 exhibitors, the show proved to be a rousing success.
During the show, a press release noted that NACS elected new members to its Retailer and Supplier Boards: Julie Jackowski, Senior Vice President, Corporate General Counsel, and Secretary of Casey’s General Stores, was named the 2019-20 NACS Chair. Drew Mize, Executive Vice President of Global EPI Solution at PDI was named 2019-20 NACS Supplier Board.
“The NACS Show is the premier event where industry leaders and entrepreneurs collaborate, network, see new products and innovative technologies, and become better educated in cutting-edge issues that affect our businesses,” said Jackowski. “This year’s event proved to be an excellent forum for attendees to explore new products and services that will enhance the convenience retail business, enrich the experiences of our guests and companies, and lead us into a successful year as an industry.”
According to a press release, the show offered its attendees 57 education sessions, which helped exhibitors and non-exhibitors alike understand their goals surrounding foodservice, tech, consumer insights, and more. This year’s education content also included two “Super Sessions” designed for leaders looking to push the boundaries of their business.
The general sessions featured both NACS leadership and high-profile speakers, like Jim Knight, who oversaw global training at Hard Rock International for two decades. He shared how creating unforgettable moments in the retail space can help retailers achieve a rock-star status. Robyn Benincasa, a professional adventure racer, firefighter, and author, spoke on the value of teamwork. Daymond John of “Shark Tank” shared his entrepreneurial journey that began with creating the successful FUBU brand.
NACS also debuted the 2019 edition of its popular Ideas 2 Go program, featuring ideas currently innovating the convenience retail industry from Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh, Choice Market, Alltown Fresh, and many more, as well as ideas rocking overseas markets.
“As a supplier to the convenience and fuel retail channel for more than 25 years, I strongly believe the NACS Show is the highest ROI event in our industry for retailers and suppliers alike,” said Mize. “There is no better venue to convene the quantity and quality of industry stakeholders that the NACS Show attracts each year, both domestic and international, to spot industry trends and new products, collaborate and share ideas, and network among our peers,” he said.
The expo itself included an all-new CBD Pavilion, the New Exhibitor Area (which spotlights companies new to the show), and the Cool New Products Preview Room, where attendees discovered cutting-edge products and ideas.
NACS also went to great lengths to ensure its environmental impact was reduced. Terracycle provided designated name badge recycle bins at convention center exits, and exhibitors donated more than 100,000 pounds of product to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Prior to the NACS Show, Tyson Foods also donated 38,526 lbs of assorted Jimmy Dean® and Hillshire Farm® products to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
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