2014 NACS Show attendance increased by 6.1%, the second-highest figures ever recorded for the Show

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2014-10-23— /EPR Retail News/ — Attendance for the 2014 NACS Show increased 6.1% to reach 23,624 attendees, with 9,176 classified as buyers (retailers, grocery wholesalers and distributors). Both totals, which include Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) buyer registration, are the second-highest figures ever recorded for the NACS Show. Attendees from 60 countries were at the NACS Show, with total international attendance reaching 2,465 delegates.

The 2014 NACS Show, which took place October 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, also featured a record-setting 403,000 net-square-foot expo, ranking it among the top 50 trade shows in the country, according to Trade Show News Network.

The size of the NACS Show expo increased 2% over 2013, with 1,114 exhibiting companies—of which 134 companies were new to the NACS Show. Exhibiting companies increased their booth footprint size over last year by an average of 10%. Extending the value of the expo to both retailers and suppliers, the popular Cool New Products Preview Room featured 290 products and services. More than 1,800 visitors to the Preview Room averaged 19 product scans per person and set a new NACS Show record of 34,260 total product scans.

In addition, the NACS Show featured three days of general sessions, 69 educational sessions and four independent operator-training sessions. The educational sessions drew 12,400 attendees, averaging 175 attendees per session—the most ever recorded. Reflecting the growing international scope of the NACS Show, the general sessions were translated into Portuguese, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and select educational sessions were translated into Portuguese and Spanish.

New this year to the NACS Show, Technology Edge provided retailer technology professionals with a more robust educational track, offering 12 new sessions including four facilitated discussions with a deep dive on topics from mobile commerce to IT security. More than 250 retailers participated in these new technology educational sessions.

“The impressive number of retailers who attended this year’s NACS Show proves to me that our industry is committed to developing world-class operations that exceed consumer expectations, improve store efficiencies and deliver new and exciting products to our customers,” said NACS Chairman Steve Loehr. “The NACS Show is truly is an essential event for everyone in our industry, whether you are part of a one-store company or one with 1,000 stores.”

Also during the NACS Show, the Partnership for a Healthier America announced that Sheetz has made a two-year commitment to deliver more nutritious options across its 475 convenience stores, joining Kwik Trip, which had also made the same commitment earlier this year. The Marine Corps Exchange was also recognized for making a similar commitment to enhancing its healthy options at its 123 convenience stores.

At the conclusion of the NACS Show, more than 59 tons of leftover product from exhibitors was donated to the Three Square Food Bank, which provides food to Southern Nevada residents in need.

The NACS Show is also a business meeting. At the conclusion of the event, Steve Loehr, vice president of operations support at La Crosse, Wisconsin-based Kwik Trip, was named the association’s 2014-15 chairman. Loehr also chairs the NACS Executive Committee, which provides strategic direction and financial oversight to the association.

Also named to the NACS Executive Committee were the following NACS retail members:

  • Vice Chairman-Treasurer: Jack Kofdarali, president at Corona, California-based J&T Management Inc.;
  • Vice Chairman, Legislative: Peter Tedeschi, president and CEO at Rockland, Massachusetts-based Tedeschi Food Shops;
  • Vice Chairman, Convention: Wendy Chronister, CEO of Chronister Oil Company (Qik-n-EZ)
  • Vice Chairman, Research: Joe Sheetz, president and CEO at Altoona, Pennsylvania-based Sheetz Inc.;
  • Vice Chairman, Member Services: Rahim Budhwani, CEO at Hoover, Alabama-based 6040 LLC;
  • Vice Chairman, International: Frank Gleeson, managing director of Dublin, Ireland-based, Aramark Ireland; and
  • Vice Chairman: Tony Kenney, president, at Enon, Ohio-based Speedway LLC

NACS also named four new members to its Board of Directors:

  • Anthony Bartys, senior vice president and COO of CST Brands Inc. (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Anderson Jones, president and CEO of Sprint Food Stores Inc. (Augusta, Georgia)
  • Kyle McKeen, president and CEO of Alon Brands Inc. (Dallas, Texas)
  • Donald Rhoads, president and CEO of The Convenience Group LLC (Vancouver, Washington)
  • Stephen Christopher Spinks, CEO of The Spinx Company Inc. (Greenville, South Carolina)

On the supplier side, Joe Vonder Haar, managing partner of iSEE Store Innovations Inc., was named 2014-15 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board. In addition, Kevin Martello, vice president of convenience, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, was named chairman-elect.

The 2015 NACS Show will take place October 11-14 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Highlights from the 2014 NACS Show and information on next year’s event can be found at nacsshow.com.

NACS has held an annual meeting every year since its founding in 1961, but it wasn’t until 1976 that the meeting included a full-scale expo, which was part of the meeting every two or three years. The annual meeting became the annual NACS Show in 1993. The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) has held its Fall Meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 1995 and PEI has held its annual meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 2002. Today, the NACS Show is rotated between three cities: Chicago, Las Vegas and Atlanta.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Wincor Nixdorf and Wayne Fueling Systems to showcase hardware and software solutions for fuel and convenience stores at 2014 NACS Show in Las Vegas, October 7-10

Wincor Nixdorf to Feature Products at NACS Show October 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-10-8— /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf, a global leader in advanced and innovative retail technologies, announced in June 2014 it will form a global alliance with Wayne Fueling Systems and will showcase hardware and software solutions for fuel and convenience stores at the 2014 National Association of Convenience Stores Show in Las Vegas October 7-10.

“Wincor Nixdorf is proud to be launching our global portfolio of fuel and convenience automation solutions. The alliance with Wayne Fueling Systems brings the full value of Wincor Nixdorf to the fuel market said Javier López-Bartolomé, Senior Vice President, Region Americas, and Wincor Nixdorf USA President and CEO. “We are excited about our relationship with Wayne Fueling Systems and about demonstrating our integrated product suite for fuel and convenience stores at Wayne’s booth at NACS.”

Convenience stores and other small retailers selling fuel today face numerous challenges, including globalization, increasing competition, new technologies and channels, rising personnel costs, and decreased brand loyalty among customers. These challenges require comprehensive, innovative solutions using ideas that expand on the traditional markets and make use of new potential. Wincor Nixdorf Service Stations International’s products offer companies unique opportunities to strengthen their customer relations, achieve value growth, and increase return on investment, while simultaneously reducing the total cost of ownership. The company’s fully integrated portfolio of products and services rapidly adapt to current market requirements and react dynamically to future challenges.
In Las Vegas, Wincor Nixdorf will demonstrate its point-of-sale (POS) application with cash management, mobile POS, back-office and head-office solutions, which is integrated in Wayne’s environment.

“Together, these two global leaders offer a comprehensive, fully integrated solution for convenience stores and services stations around the world, enhance customer experiences and bring more flexibility to the fueling industry by offering broader access to payment and loyalty systems,” explains Horst von Wels, Vice President and Head of Service Station International at Wincor Nixdorf. “Retail fuel station operators benefit from faster end-to-end implementation of new functions, more innovative enhancements to existing solutions, and highly efficient project rollouts. Equally important, they also benefit from a long-term secure investment in global platforms based on flexible technology that is designed to provide one base for a multitude of different business processes and retail store networks. ”

Together, Wincor Nixdorf and Wayne offer complete hardware (Wincor Nixdorf BEETLE™ POS terminal), software (Wincor Nixdorf NAMOS™ i-SERVICE STATION), and on-going service capabilities. They cover point-of-sale, back-office and head-office software, cash management (Cineo C1010 and C6010), and mobile point-of-sale. The solutions will be fully integrated in the Wayne environment, including the Wayne Fusion™ forecourt system and fuel dispensers, and will show the great capability of valuable functionality across a full range of retail fuel systems to benefit global, regional, national oil companies, branded wholesalers, high-volume retailers, fleet operations, and independent fuel station retailers.

The (National Association of Convenience Stores) Show 2014 will take place from October 7 – 10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wincor Nixdorf and Wayne Fueling Systems will be demonstrating in booth #6621.

For information on the NACS show, visit http://www.nacsonline.com/nacsshow/Pages/default.aspx.