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NACS reveals 2006 show's most-scanned Cool New Products

LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of NACS Show 2006 attendees in Las Vegas last week used handheld scanners in the Cool New Products Preview Room to scan their top product choices and receive a comprehensive printout of where to locate those selected products on the show floor. Over four days, they scanned a total of 17,701 new products.

The top-10 scans from this year's NACS Show were:

Norwegian Jakes Lunch Boxes (Norwegian Jakes) Ready to Go Snacks (Ready Pac) ItzaGasCan (Delta Marketing Inc.) Produce Foam Basket (JSI Store Fixtures Inc.) Wrigley's Altoids [image-nocss] Dark Chocolate Dipped Mints (Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.) Gas Station TV (Gas Station TV dba GSTV) E6-MU Espresso/Cappuccino Machine (Schaerer USA Corp.) Chiquita To Go (Chiquita Fresh North America LLP) Sour Wave Juice Drink (joint venture between American Beverage Corp. and Innovative Candy Concepts) Tea/Non-carbonated Drink Dispenser (Leramo Coffee Corp.)

The scanners also developed reports listing each day's top 10 scans. The overall top scanned item, Norwegian Jakes Lunch Boxes, was the top item scanned on October 9, 10 and 11. On October 8, the top scanned item was Produce Foam Basket (JSI Store Fixtures Inc.).

The Cool New Products Preview Room included products for resale,floor and countertopdisplays, shelving, technology and other types of services and equipment. For the first day and a half of the NACS Show 2006, retailers, wholesalersand distributors had exclusive access to the area where they were able to see new products even before the expo floor officially opened. The scanning devices allowed them to capture company and product information, booth location and the product's release date into the convenience channel, which was delivered to users in a customized report.