2017 NACS Show attendance increased 7.0% to a record 24,940 attendees from 63 countries

​ALEXANDRIA, Va., 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Attendance at the 2017 NACS Show surged 7.0% to a record 24,940 attendees from 63 countries, according to figures released today (11/2/2017) by NACS.

In addition, “buyers” attending the NACS Show (classified as retailers and convenience distributors, including Petroleum Equipment Institute [PEI] registration) grew 3.3% to 8,502.

The NACS Show is the premier event of the year for the convenience and fuel retailing industry. It featured four days of general sessions, 60 education sessions and 1,263 exhibiting companies in a record-setting 425,800 net-square-foot expo.

The NACS Show general session speakers featured industry, business and leadership experts, and the popular NACS Ideas 2 Go program, a fast-paced video program of emerging concepts that redefine convenience, made its 2017 debut. The Ideas 2 Go program is available for purchase at convenience.org/ideas2go2017.

Attendees also could choose from education sessions covering relevant industry topics such as foodservice and food safety, leadership development, marketing, technology and fuels. Reflecting the growing international opportunities offered at the NACS Show, select education sessions were translated into Portuguese and Spanish, and the general sessions were translated into Portuguese, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

In addition, the NACS Convenience Matters podcast recorded a dozen new episodes that included NACS Show general session speakers William Shatner and Chip Conley, as well as a special live session with prominent convenience retail industry CEOs Billy Milam (RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.) and Kevin Smartt (Kwik Chek Food Stores). These episodes are available at www.conveniencematters.com.

Extending the value of the expo, the popular Cool New Products Preview Room showcased 312 new products and services from 186 companies. Visitors to the Preview Room used handheld scanners to capture product and booth information of the exhibitors they were interested in, producing nearly 20,000 total product scans. The New Exhibitor area was also a popular destination for attendees, featuring 200 exhibitors new to the convenience and fuel retailing industry and NACS Show.

TechEdge at the NACS Show, in its fourth year, attracted 470 industry technology professionals participating in the program’s specialized education sessions on topics ranging from data security to how to improve overall operational efficiency. This year, the TechEdge Center at the expo displayed three future technologies—in action—that address mobile payments, connected commerce and IoT monitoring.

TechEdge was cosponsored by Conexxus, one of four cosponsors of the NACS Show in addition to NACS. The others were the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) and, new in 2017, the National Grocers Association (NGA).

Attendees also experienced the new brand identity of NACS, which focused on the ‘C’ in convenience.

“I love the versatility of the ‘C’ with our rebrand. It certainly stands for convenience—but it can stand for so many other aspects of our industry,” said NACS President and CEO Henry Armour, highlighting some of the other unique industry facets that the C represents. For example, the C stands for customers: The U.S. convenience store industry serves more than 160 million customers per day—half of the country’s total population.

C also stands for community, and that message was highlighted in donations to local food banks both before and after the NACS Show. Prior to the NACS Show, Tyson Foods Inc. and NACS partnered to donate a truckload of protein totaling 36,060 pounds to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help fight hunger in the Chicagoland area. The Food Depository will distribute the donated food, which is equivalent to 144,240 meals, through its network of partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelter services across Chicago and Cook County.

At the conclusion of the NACS Show, more than 52,000 pounds of refrigerated and frozen food product were collected by Greater Chicago Food Depository volunteers; the Ronald McDonald House collected 70,000 pounds of shelf-stable goods for use in their local facilities and other charities.

“We truly believe that c-store doesn’t just stand for convenience store—it also stands for community store, and we are proud to join Tyson Foods in supporting the Chicagoland community that we call home this week during the NACS Show,” said Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president of strategic industry initiatives.

The NACS Show is also a business meeting and NACS elected new members to its Retailer and Supplier Boards. Joe Sheetz, president and CEO of Altoona, Pennsylvania-based Sheetz Inc., was named the 2017-18 NACS Chairman, and Jay Ard, vice president of national sales, convenience retail, at The Coca-Cola Company, was named 2017–18 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board.

Sheetz talked about the industry’s focus on communities during his Oct. 20 NACS Show speech. “Our industry’s commitment to the communities we serve is truly amazing. We collectively contribute $1 billion a year to charities,” said Sheetz. “But it’s not about just stroking checks. It’s about volunteering time, donating product and supporting first-responders. There is no industry more grounded in their communities than we are.”

The 2018 NACS Show will take place October 7–10 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Highlights from the 2017 NACS Show and information on next year’s event can be found at nacsshow.com. NACS has a complete listing of 2018 events posted at convenience.org/calendar.

This year marked the 25th annual NACS Show, which has attracted more than 500,000 attendees over the past quarter century. However, NACS has held an annual meeting since its founding in 1961. It wasn’t until 1976 that the meeting even included a true exhibition. While NACS continued to hold annual meetings, the expo was part of the event only every two or three years. From 1986 on, the annual meeting included an expo, although those early years featured a greatly scaled-down expo every other year until what is known today as the NACS Show debuted in 1993. Today, the NACS Show rotates between three cities: Chicago, Las Vegas and Atlanta.

NACS advances the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores nationwide selling fuel, food and merchandise, serves 160 million customers daily—half of the U.S. population—and has sales that are 10.8% of total U.S. retail and foodservice sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries.

Source: NACS

NACS announces new commitment with the Partnership for a Healthier America

WASHINGTON, 2017-May-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (05.11.17) NACS, the association representing the nation’s 154,000-plus convenience stores, announced a new commitment with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), becoming the first retail-association partner. Through its commitment, NACS will rely on PHA’s resources and expertise to help conveniences stores provide more visibility to healthier choices inside their stores.

Over the next three years, NACS will make available key resources to its members to help determine how they can carry additional healthier choices, as well as provide promotional materials related to Drink Up, PHA’s marketing campaign to encourage water consumption. NACS also will provide healthier catering options at its events, including the NACS Show, one of the 40 largest trade shows in the United States. Specifically, NACS will:

  1. Continue to encourage appropriate NACS members to engage with PHA.
  2. Disseminate a web-based nutrition resource that could help convenience stores identify products as being healthier options and assist them in defining their better-for-you sets.
  3. Continue to engage small-format stores, specifically corner stores, that are often the only food source for residents in highly rural or urban settings.
  4. Develop and disseminate Drink Up marketing materials that encourage convenience store customers to stay hydrated
  5. Emphasize wellness at the NACS office and at its industry-specific events.

“The commitment furthers the goals of NACS and our members to make a positive impact in the communities we serve, whether through charitable giving programs or helping to equip our members to truly make the healthy choice the convenient choice,” said NACS President & CEO Henry Armour.

At the PHA Summit in Washington, D.C., NACS was joined by Northeast convenience store chain Cumberland Farms (Westborough, MA) in announcing commitments at the annual event, joining eight other NACS retail member companies that are already committed to expanding healthier options in their stores.

“Convenience stores serve millions of Americans every day. As NACS and its members know, most of those purchasing decisions are made in seconds,” said Larry Soler, President and CEO of the Partnership for a Healthier America. “Our innovative partnership with NACS is key to ensuring that convenience store customers can be met in the store with healthier options.”

PHA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity advocates who are supported in their efforts by Honorary Chair Michelle Obama.

“As an industry, we are committed to making a difference in the lives of the 160 million customers we serve every day, and increasingly that involves providing additional healthier options in stores. We look forward to continuing to work with PHA to celebrate our members’ commitment to the communities that they serve,” said NACS Armour.

In addition to Cumberland Farms, eight NACS retailer members have joined PHA in previously announced commitments: Kwik Trip (La Crosse, WI), Sheetz (Altoona, PA), Loop Neighborhood (Fremont, CA), Twice Daily (Nashville, TN), U-Gas (Fenton, MO; now operated by Wallis Oil Company), enmarket (Savannah, GA), Ricker’s (Anderson, IN) and Aloha Petroleum (Honolulu, HI). Three NACS distributor members also have joined PHA: McLane Company, Core-Mark International and Esstar.

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NACS (nacsonline.com) advances the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores nationwide selling fuel, food and merchandise, serves 160 million customers daily — half of the U.S. population — and has sales that are 10.8% of total U.S. retail and food service sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries.

SOURCE: NACS

For media interviews/comments contact Jeff Lenard.

NGA Fall Leadership Meetings to join NACS Show

​ALEXANDRIA, Va. and ARLINGTON, Va., 2017-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — NACS and the National Grocers Association (NGA), the leading associations representing convenience retailers and independent grocers respectively, announced that NGA is aligning its Fall Leadership Meetings comprised of the Trading Partner Business Sessions and Financial Management and Technology Conference with the NACS Show, which will take place October 17-20 in Chicago.

The strategic partnership brings together the leading small format and independent retailers to explore emerging trends in foodservice, consumer packaged goods, retail motor fuels, consumer-facing technologies and operating best practices.

NGA is the third major trade association to partner with the NACS Show. The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) and Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) have previously co-located their programming and expositions with the NACS Show. Conexxus, the stand-alone spin off of the NACS Technology Project, also is aligned with the NACS Show.

The NACS Show is the premier event of the year for the convenience and fuel retailing industry. More than 23,000 attendees from 60-plus countries annually attend the NACS Show, which features four days of general sessions, 50 education sessions and more than 1,200 exhibiting companies in a nearly 410,000 net-square-foot expo. The NACS Show is one of the 40 largest tradeshows in the United States.

“This partnership furthers the efforts of both organizations to provide its members with convenient, one-stop shopping for new ideas, new connections and new products and services,” said NACS President and CEO Henry Armour.

“We’re excited to partner with NACS on this one-of-a-kind experience for independent grocers. The combination of our events provides NGA members the opportunity to see innovative products and solutions and further expand their networks,” said Peter J. Larkin, NGA president and CEO.

More information on the 2017 NACS Show is available at nacsshow.com. More information on the NGA Fall Leadership Meetings is available at ngafall.com.

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 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Contact:

(703) 684-3600 (phone)
(703) 836-4564 (fax)

Source: NACS

NACS announces appointments focused on the European market and the launch of NACS Convenience Summit

ALEXANDRIA, VA , 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — NACS has expanded its leadership role in the international convenience and fuel retailing space with the addition of two hires focused on the European market and the launch of a new conference, the NACS Convenience Summit – Asia.

In early December, Mark Wohltmann joined NACS as director, NACS Europe, and Magnar Møkkelgård joined the NACS Europe team as a special advisor.

Wohltmann will lead efforts to grow the NACS brand by driving European membership and event recruitment as well as growing the engagement activities of European retailers and suppliers with NACS.

In collaboration with NACS’s European partner Insight Research and its Managing Director Dan Munford, Wohltmann will work to raise awareness about NACS global events: the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe, the NACS Show, and the new NACS Convenience Summit – Asia.  In addition, he will expand European recruitment for the association’s executive leadership education programs at Cornell University, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Wohltmann brings 16 years of experience within the consulting and market research sector, with a strong focus on FMCG/CPG and retail. He comes to NACS from the Nielsen Company, where he held the position of Director Product Management Europe. Prior to this Wohltmann worked with USP Market Intelligence, setting up Germany’s largest convenience retail panel as well as with Combera, developing Marketing- and sales strategies for FMCG companies entering the convenience sector.

Møkkelgård has also joined the NACS Europe team as a special advisor. Møkkelgård brings nearly 30 years of European convenience and fuel retailing industry experience, having retired from his position as vice president of Reitan Convenience AS in June 2016.  Mokkelgard held various positions during his 28 years with Reitan Convenience AS based in Norway.  Over the last 18 years, he had led the company’s numerous strategic projects and M&A activities, including all major acquisitions. Along with his new role as special advisor to NACS, Magnar will also serve as a member of the NACS International Committee.

As part of its refined international event strategy, NACS has introduced a new global event to the Asian market: Convenience Summit – Asia. Taking place in Sapporo and Tokyo, Japan, from March 20-24, the event features thought leadership, store tours and opportunities to build strategic relationships in the Asian market. (www.nacsonline.com/asia)

“New concepts and innovations emerge anywhere in the world, at any time, and the additions to the NACS team and the expanded event portfolio allow the association to share best practices, thought leadership, advocacy and technology with a global convenience marketplace,” said NACS CEO and President Henry Armour.

“These announcements allow NACS to more effectively help convenience retailers scan the globe to learn how retailers in more mature life cycle phase markets have effectively—and ineffectively—dealt with an issue,” said Armour.

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 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Source: NACS

Applegreen wins the NACS Insight 2016 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award for its new M1 Lisburn Motorway Service Area in Northern Ireland

LONDON, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Applegreen has won the NACS Insight 2016 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award for its new M1 Lisburn Motorway Service Area in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. The award, sponsored by Accenture, was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 9 at this year’s International Convenience Retailer Awards gala.

Applegreen’s new M1 Lisburn site is a first of its kind, occupying a total floor area of 16,000 square feet. The site features seating for 300, offering ample space for customers to rest, even on busy days. The store is located on a busy tourist route from Belfast City and, with dedicated bus parking, the store can easily accommodate fluctuations in customer volume and provide patrons with space and comfort for taking a break and enjoying a variety of food and beverage offers. For local commuters, the site’s upper level is designed as a quiet oasis with comfortable seating, complete with the Applegreen Lounge area that includes meeting spaces, free Wi-Fi and mobile charging.

Recognizing that food is becoming a main focus in convenience retailing, Applegreen M1 Lisburn provides six foodservice options including a Chopstix Noodle Bar, Subway, Burger King, the popular U.K. bakery Greggs and Applegreen’s proprietary Bakewell concept, featuring high quality and great tasting foods developed by the retailer’s in-house food scientist. Applegreen’s Bakewell brand includes the Eat Smart range of products, focusing on the use of clean and natural ingredients without additives and preservatives.

The M1 Lisburn site also features a new Lavazza Coffee Bar, a concept designed and led by Applegreen in partnership with Lavazza. The Coffee Bar occupies a much larger space in comparison with other traditional coffee offers in a similar setting, as well as soft lighting and intimate seating areas.

Competition for this year’s Convenience Retailer of the Year Award was strong, with six extraordinary companies—two from Ireland, two from the United Kingdom, and one each from Norway and Sweden—selected by convenience and fuel retailing industry peers as finalists.

Judges agreed that Applegreen’s new M1 Lisburn site displays an excellent and effective use of space, as well as a great mix of proprietary and branded food concepts—a combination that makes this location a true travel destination for busy commuters in need of a break. Comments reflect that Applegreen continues to be true to its brand and has become a leader in convenience retailers.

“Judging the winner this year was very challenging in such a competitive field. Applegreen’s M1 Lisburn site is a game changer in forecourt convenience retailing and certainly deserves this exceptional accolade,” said Dan Munford, managing director of Insight.

Henry Armour, president and CEO at NACS, said: “Applegreen never disappoints with its innovative and highly engaging formats that offer both convenience and comfort for today’s time-pressed consumers. The amount of attention Applegreen has spent paying close attention to every detail, from the décor to the foodservice and convenience offers, is very impressive.”

Since 2009, the NACS Insight International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award has recognized excellence in convenience and forecourt retailing on an international stage and celebrates the best convenience retail formats from around the world. Retailers are judged across key criteria including format innovation, range, people development, customer service initiatives, corporate social responsibility, technology and results.

Now in its third year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe (conveniencesummit.com) brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicked off in Stockholm on June 5 and ends on June 11 in Dublin.

Note to editors: Images available upon request.

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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 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

NACS recognizes S-Group with 2016 NACS Insight European Technology Implementation Award at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe

LONDON, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — S-Group has won the 2016 NACS Insight European Technology Implementation Award, sponsored by Verifone, a world leader in payments and commerce solutions. The award was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 9 at this year’s International Convenience Retailer Awards gala.

The award recognizes S-Group for the implementation of a new mobile fueling feature to its award-winning S-Mobile iPhone app, an innovative service that combines retail, banking and fueling to transform the entire retail customer experience. S-Group is a renowned Finnish cooperative group of companies operating in the retail sector. The mobile fueling app was launched by two of S-Group’s subsidiaries: S-Bank, which provides all co-op members with comprehensive banking services and ABC, a service station chain and fuel trade company. The app is available for iPhone, Android and Windows phones.

S-Mobile automatically recognizes the customer’s location, and fueling is initiated by simply choosing the correct fuel pump from the app. After fueling, the payment is handled automatically through the S-Bank Visa card, linking the payment with customer loyalty benefits. S Group’s mobile app has more than 600,000 downloads in Finland, a country with a population of 5.4 million.

“We want to create simple services with a superb digital banking and retail experience for our 2.8 million customers. With our service, customers no longer need to use traditional card readers and PIN codes at the petrol station. In the Finnish winter, where temperatures can dip below -30 degrees Celsius, traditional pump activation is a hassle. We believe that the app can overcome such inconveniences and ensure a seamless customer experience with automatic payments for the user. This new service is only one way in which we aim to make everyday life easier for our customers,” said Pekka Ylihurula, managing director of S-Bank.

“S-Group shares Verifone’s commitment to helping gas stations and convenience stores enhance the consumer experience, and we are honored to recognize S-Group for its forward-thinking and innovative S-Mobile app solution, as well as the company’s leadership to inspire other businesses to identify and implement technology initiatives of their own,” said Brad McGuinness, Global Head of Petroleum Systems for Verifone.

“Consumers are looking for more speed in everything they do and in order to capitalize on the opportunity this creates for our industry, convenience retailers need to be at the forefront of technology implementation,” said Dan Munford, managing director of Insight. “S-Group’s innovation makes customer’s lives easier and the feature that allows tracking of petrol consumption is compelling.”

NACS President and CEO Henry Armour congratulated S-Group for its commitment to advancing technology best practices. “S-Group’s mobile fueling and payments app is an innovative technology platform retailers around the world can learn from, particularly markets where data security and new payment options are top of mind.”

Now in its third year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe (conveniencesummit.com) brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicked off in Stockholm on June 5 and ends on June 11 in Dublin.

Note to editors: Images available upon request.

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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 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina participates in the NACS In Store program

COLFAX, IA, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina today announced that she will participate in the NACS In Store program, in which she will have the opportunity to work behind the counter of a convenience store, interact with members of the local community and have conversations with community members about issues important to them.

The special event, hosted in partnership with NACS, will be held on January 26, 2016, at the Kum & Go located at 1200 N. Walnut Street in Colfax, Iowa from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

“Convenience stores are the anchor of communities across the country, and they are also where community conversations take place,” said Henry Armour, NACS president and CEO.  “More than half of the country visits a convenience store on a daily basis, whether to buy fuel, use the ATM, wash their cars or quickly buy snacks, drinks or meals. The NACS In Store program gives elected officials a perfect opportunity to experience how these stores serve the public in their home districts.”

More than 30 NACS In Store events have been completed with members of Congress to experience firsthand the community experience that takes place at their local convenience stores. This event marks the second presidential candidate event of 2016; NACS held an In Store event with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on January 8. Both Democrats and Republicans have received invitations to participate in these events.

“We believe our elected officials will emerge with an even more intimate understanding not only of convenience stores’ challenges but also of their many contributions across the economic, social and cultural spectrum,” Armour said.  “And over time, convenience store owners and the customers and communities they serve should benefit from policies that spur further growth, prosperity and innovation in the sector.”

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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 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

SOURCE: NACS

For media interviews/comments contact Jeff Lenard.

Record 24,392 registered attendees at 2015 NACS Show

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2015-10-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 2015 NACS Show attracted a record 24,392 registered attendees, of which 9,038 were classified as buyers (retailers, convenience distributors). The total number of registered attendees, which includes Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) buyer registration, was 3.3% higher than last year and topped the previous attendance record set in 2004.

The 2015 NACS Show also attracted a record 2,490 international attendees representing 73 countries (another record), showcasing the event’s importance to the success of the global convenience and fuel retailing industry.

Expo Continues Growth
The 2015 NACS Show, which took place October 11–14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is one of the top 40 largest trade shows in the United States. The size of the NACS Show expo increased 2% over 2014, with 1,264 exhibiting companies. The record-setting 412,600 net-square-foot expo also featured 228 companies new to the NACS Show, of which 154 were part of the expo’s New Exhibitor Area.

Extending the value of the expo to both retailers and suppliers, the popular Cool New Products Preview Room showcased 311 products and services new to the convenience store industry. More than 1,800 visitors to the Preview Room averaged 16 product scans per person and 29,890 total product scans.

Sessions Attract Record Numbers
The NACS Show featured four days of general sessions featuring leadership experts and the popular NACS Ideas 2 Go program, a fast-paced video program of emerging concepts that redefine convenience. This was the first year that the event featured four days of general sessions. The Ideas 2 Go video is available for purchase online. The general sessions presentations by NACS President and CEO Henry Armour, 2014-15 NACS Chairman Steve Loehr and 2015-16 NACS Chairman Jack Kofdarali will be posted online in the coming weeks.

The NACS Show also offered 62 educational sessions that drew a total of 12,309 attendees, averaging 198 attendees per session. Reflecting the growing international opportunities offered at the NACS Show, the general sessions were translated into Portuguese, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and select educational sessions were translated into Portuguese and Spanish.

At the conclusion of the NACS Show, approximately 42 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 truly the event of the year for the convenience store industry,” said 2015–16 NACS Chairman Jack Kofdarali. “Our industry is full of entrepreneurs and innovators who come to the NACS Show year after year to find that one idea that can change their business, turn a profit and make their customers excited to shop their stores. No other event provides knowledge, education, networking and new products like the NACS Show.”

New NACS Leadership Announced
The NACS Show is also a business meeting. Jack Kofdarali, president of Corona, California-based J&T Management Inc., was named the association’s 2015–16 chairman. Kofdarali also chairs the NACS Executive Committee, which provides strategic direction and financial oversight to the association.

The following NACS retail members serve on the NACS Executive Committee:

Vice Chairman-Treasurer: Peter Tedeschi, President and CEO at Rockland, Massachusetts-based Tedeschi Food Shops
Vice Chairman, Legislative: Joe Sheetz, President and CEO at Altoona, Pennsylvania-based Sheetz Inc.
Vice Chairman, Convention: Wendy Chronister, CEO of Chronister Oil Company (Qik-n-EZ) in Springfield, Illinois
Vice Chairman, Research: Kevin Smartt, CEO of Austin, Texas-based Kwik Chek Food Stores Inc.
Vice Chairman, Member Services: Rahim Budhwani, CEO at Hoover, Alabama-based 6040 LLC
Vice Chairman, International: Frank Gleeson, Managing Director at Dublin, Ireland-based Aramark Ireland
Vice Chairman: Tony Kenney, President at Enon, Ohio-based Speedway LLC
Also on the NACS Executive Committee are:

2014-15 NACS Chairman Steve Loehr, Vice President, Operations Support at La Crosse, Wisconsin-based Kwik Trip Inc.
2013-14 NACS Chairman Brad Call, Vice President of Adventure Culture at North Salt Lake City, Utah-based Maverik Inc.
NACS also named four new members to its Board of Directors:

Lisa Dell’Alba, president and CEO of Square One Markets (Bethlehem, PA)
Dee Dhaliwal, president of Dhaliwal & Associates (Pleasanton, CA)
Bill Kent, president and CEO of The Kent Companies dba Kent Kwik Convenience Stores (Midland, TX)
Victor Paterno, CEO of Philippine Seven Corp. dba 7-Eleven Convenience Store (Mandaluyong, Philippines)
On the supplier side, Kevin Martello, vice president of convenience at Dr Pepper Snapple Group, was named 2015–16 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board. In addition, Brad McGuinness, senior vice president of corporate R&D at Verifone Inc., was named chair-elect and will succeed Martello as 2016–17 chairman.

The 2016 NACS Show will take place October 18–21 in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center. Highlights from the 2015 NACS Show and information on next year’s event can be found at nacsshow.com. NACS has a complete listing of 2016 events posted online.

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 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

SOURCE: NACS

NACS President and CEO Henry Armour welcomed attendees at the 2015 NACS Show

LAS VEGAS, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NACS Show is so important to the industry that it’s almost unimaginable to not attend it, noted NACS President and CEO Henry Armour, welcoming attendees at the 2015 NACS Show opening general session.

“Whether you are attending your first NACS Show, or whether it’s your 30th NACS Show, like me, your success starts right here,” Armour said.

But what if there wasn’t a NACS Show? That’s the challenge NACS overcame in 2005 — mere weeks after Armour become CEO of NACS.

The 2005 NACS Show was scheduled to take place in New Orleans. Yet in late August, less than two months before the event, Hurricane Katrina hit land and it became clear that the 2005 NACS Show would not occur in New Orleans.

Could the NACS Show be moved somewhere else? There were enormous challenges to consider, and NACS member and staff leaders examined all possible solutions. How do you find a new city that can accommodate something as large and complex as the NACS Show? How do you relocate a 400,000-square-foot expo, and create an entirely new floor plan? How do you rearrange travel plans for 20,000 attendees? How do you block nearly 80,000 hotel room nights? And how do you execute all of this in 10 weeks, when it takes more than a year to plan and host the NACS Show?

“Well, we did it, and in November 2005 our event drew more than 20,000 attendees to our second largest expo ever, held right here in Las Vegas,” said Armour.

“People are still astonished — I am still astonished — that we accomplished such a feat and relocated the 2005 NACS Show, let alone produced a world-class event. We were able to make the impossible a reality because of our enormously talented NACS staff and our highly engaged leadership team. And we did it because of you,” said Armour.

It was important to relocate the 2005 NACS Show because of the value that it brings to the industry, noted Armour. “We know what the NACS Show delivers to our members. It provides access to the latest new products and services on the expo, new ideas in dozens of educational sessions and networking opportunities in a variety of formats,” he said.

Over the past decade, the amazing value of the NACS Show continues to grow Armour shared a few metrics about the 2015 NACS Show:

  • A record 410,000 net square feet of exhibit space;
  • Nearly 70 educational sessions that will average more than 200 attendees per session;
  • Four days of networking opportunities and chances to meet old friends and create some new ones; and
  • A new day of general sessions, growing from three to four days.

“Make sure you wake up early and go to bed late to experience everything that the NACS Show has to help you grow your business,” said Armour.

The NACS Show is ranked as one of the top 40 largest trade shows in the United States. More than 20,000 attendees from 60-plus countries are at the 2015 NACS Show in Las Vegas. For the most up-to-date news and information on the event, go to www.nacsshow.com.

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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 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

SPAR UK won the 2015 NACS Insight European Technology Implementation Award, sponsored by Verifone Inc.

​LONDON, 2015-6-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR UK has won the 2015 NACS Insight European Technology Implementation Award, sponsored by Verifone Inc. The award was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 11.

The award recognizes SPAR UK for excellence in the implementation of innovative and outstanding IT solutions within the convenience retailing industry. SPAR UK’s long-term technology investments are keeping pace with today’s sophisticated payment methods, such as chip and PIN, and maintain compliance with Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards. The company recognizes that secure, cost-effective payment solutions not only provide customers with piece of mind, but also enhance the SPAR brand by strengthening data security measures and delivering exceptional customer service. Founded in Holland in 1932 by Adriaan van Well, SPAR is the world’s largest international food retail chain, with 12,322 stores in 34 countries, and the United Kingdom’s leading convenience store group.

“Around the world retailers face daunting challenges related to the rapidly evolving payment landscape to keep up with changing regulations and consumer demands of today—and tomorrow—all while protecting consumers against the ever present threat of cybercriminals,” said Brad McGuiness, senior vice president of engineering for Verifone. “Verifone is honored to recognize SPAR UK for its forward-thinking use of technology, which is helping the company efficiently overcome these challenges while enhancing the customer experience.”

“SPAR genuinely deserves this European Technology accolade. Consumers are looking for more speed in everything they do and in order to capitalize on the opportunity this creates for our industry, independent convenience retailers need to be at the forefront of technology implementation,” said Dan Munford, managing director of Insight. “SPAR UK, with the close support of its leading wholesalers, is really doing a great job in giving retailers the technology they need to do their jobs.”

NACS President and CEO Henry Armour congratulated SPAR UK for its commitment to advancing technology best practices. “Key learnings from world-class peers such as SPAR help our global convenience retail community innovate and develop in the technology arena, driving operational efficiencies that deliver cost savings and exceeding customer expectations during their shopping occasions.”

Now in its second year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe (conveniencesummit.com) brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicked off in Berlin on June 7 and ends on June 12 in London.

Note to editors: Images available upon request.

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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 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Musgrave Group won the 2015 NACS Insight European Sustainability Retailer of the Year Award sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company

LONDON, 2015-6-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Musgrave Group has won the 2015 NACS Insight European Sustainability Retailer of the Year Award, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. The award was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe awards dinner in London on June 11.

The award recognizes Cork, Ireland-based Musgrave Group for its leadership in sustainable resource strategies and inspiring other businesses to implement sustainability initiatives of their own. Musgrave Group believes that sustainability also goes hand-in-hand with the overall health of the community. With a strong focus on environmental responsibility, the company continues to reduce its carbon footprint, reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, minimize energy use and expand its use of renewable energy. Through the implementation of consistent sustainability policies and clear targets, Musgrave Group has developed an extremely impressive business model that encourages healthier living and enriches the lives of its customers.

“Focusing on sustainability not only helps protect our world and resources,it is also good for business,” said Ern Sherman, vice president of industry affairs for The Coca-Cola Company. “With this award, we are proud to recognize those who share our passion for making a lasting, positive difference for businesses and communities.”

“Musgrave richly deserves this European sustainability accolade,” said Dan Munford, managing director of Insight. “Consumers who do much of their shopping online are looking for a more compelling, differentiated and engaging retail proposition in bricks-and-mortar locations. The work Musgrave does with local producers and in local communities not only enriches lives, but also serves as a terrific point of differentiation for the business.”

NACS President and CEO Henry Armour congratulated Musgrave Group for its focus on sustainable business solutions. “The dedication Musgrave Group has shown to enhancing the communities and people it serves is a great example of sustainable and environmentally conscious best practices, and even more exciting is that we have the opportunity to share Musgrave’s endeavors with our global convenience retail community.”

Now in its second year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe (conveniencesummit.com) brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicked off in Berlin on June 7 and ends on June 12 in London.

Note to editors: Images available upon request.

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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 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Topaz Re.Store concept won the NACS Insight 2015 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award

​LONDON, 2015-6-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topaz has won the NACS Insight 2015 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award for its Re.Store convenience forecourt concept. The award, sponsored by Imperial Tobacco Group, was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 11.

With more than 330 locations across the country, Topaz is Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience brand. Topaz opened its Re.Store concept at its Manor Stone Ballacolla forecourt, located at junction 3 on the M8 Dublin to Cork Motorway, in January 2015.

“In an increasing number of markets, convenience and fuel retail stores are our main link to consumers and they play a vital role in helping us build brand equity,” said Ramon Kuijpers, international key accounts manager at Imperial Tobacco Group. “We want to recognize these stores for their professional support and for putting the shopper at the heart of their business in a challenging and competitive environment. Simply put, at the end of the day it all happens on the shop floor and that is why we feel passionately about this award and have sponsored it for the last seven years.”

Competition for this year’s Convenience Retailer of the Year Award was incredibly strong, with nine extraordinary companies – four from Ireland, two from the United Kingdom, and one each from Norway, Switzerland and Argentina – selected by convenience and fuel retailing industry peers as finalists.

“Judging the winner this year was very challenging in such a competitive field. Topaz is looking to redefine convenience retailing with this new format and I genuinely feel it deserves the accolade ‘next generation.’ Thanks to the scale of its recent capital investments, Topaz has not simply built one stunning flagship store; it is rolling it out at considerable pace,” said Dan Munford, managing director of Insight.

Since opening its doors six months ago, food accounts for a significant portion of Re.Store’s sales. Customers can choose from a variety of fresh options such as salads and sandwiches, as well as gluten-free foods and protein-rich porridge pots. The store’s coffee program, complete with trained baristas, is also a key contributor to Re.Store’s bottom line, accounting for one third of coffee sales.

Henry Armour, president and CEO at NACS, said: “Topaz demonstrates that great, nutritious and healthy foods are meeting today’s shopper needs along with traditional convenience store offers. This is a movement taking shape across the globe and we are thrilled that companies such as Topaz are leading the way.”

Since 2009, the NACS Insight International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award has recognized excellence in convenience and forecourt retailing on an international stage and celebrates the best convenience retail formats from around the world. Retailers are judged across key criteria including format innovation, range, people development, customer service initiatives, corporate social responsibility, technology and results.

Now in its second year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe (conveniencesummit.com) brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicked off in Berlin on June 7 and ends on June 12 in London.

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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 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

NACS survey: 11% of adult Americans say that they have worked at convenience store or gas station

​ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2014-10-10— /EPR Retail News/ — One in nine American adults has worked in a convenience store and they say that the experience gave them valuable experience in how to work with people, how to manage processes and how to run a business, according to a national consumer survey released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

Overall, 11% of adult Americans say that they have worked at a convenience store or gas station and 3% of all Americans say that it was their first job, according to a national survey of adult Americans.

Those who have worked at convenience stores found the experience to be valuable: 87% say that they learned a lot about how to work with people, 85% say that the experience that they gained was valuable, 82% say that they learned a lot about the world of work and 80% say that they learned how businesses are run.

Those who said their first job was at a convenience store were even more positive about the experience: 96% say that the work experience was valuable and 95% say that they learned a lot about the world of work.

The business value of the experience was cited by those who held a convenience store job in college: 88% say that they learned a lot about how businesses are run and 89% say that the job offered a flexible work schedule that allowed them to schedule work around other things in life.

Adult Americans who had never worked in a convenience store were equally positive about the potential opportunities available to employees. Overall, 86% of Americans who have never worked in the industry say that convenience stores offer good first jobs for those looking to enter the industry; 86% also say that convenience stores are great summer jobs for high school and college students. Also, they see jobs as a potential path toward managing or owning a small business; more than two of three non-convenience store employees (68%) agree that it’s common for workers who work hard to become managers or eventually own their own businesses.

“Convenience stores conduct more than 160 million customer transactions a day and fuel 80% of the vehicles on the roads today. None of this would be possible without the 2.2 million employees that serve half of America on a daily basis. These jobs also provide opportunities — whether learning valuable business experience as you are earning an income, or to eventually grow your own small business,” said NACS President and CEO Henry Armour.

Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates LLC conducted the nationwide survey of 1,111 consumers.

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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.