ALEXANDRIA and ARLINGTON, Va. -- In a strategic partnership that brings together small-format and independent retailers to explore emerging trends in foodservice, consumer packaged goods (CPG), retail motor fuels, consumer-facing technologies and operating best practices, the National Grocers Association (NGA) is aligning its Fall Leadership Meetings with the NACS Show.
NGA, which represents independent grocers, said it will hold its Trading Partner Business Sessions and Financial Management and Technology Conference along with the National Association of Convenience Stores’ event, which will take place Oct. 17-20 in Chicago.
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 spinoff of the NACS Technology Project, also is aligned with the NACS Show.
More than 23,000 attendees from more than 60 countries attend the NACS Show, which features four days of general sessions and 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 trade shows 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.
Alexandria, Va.-based NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries. NGA, with headquarters in Arlington, Va., has nearly 1,400 retail and wholesaler members and more than 200 supplier members.