NACS Show® 2019: Innovative Workshops and Events

New emphasis on category management and industry experience
Photograph by Scott Mitchell

ATLANTA — The 2019 NACS Show, which will take place Oct. 1-4 in Atlanta, will include a number of innovative workshops and events intended to educate retailers at all levels of experience and bring them together beyond their industry connections. Here's a look at some of them.

Category Management

Retailers heading to the NACS Show can attend more than eight different category management sessions, according to NACS. These include:

  • Gaining Control of Data and Supply Chain Visibility with GS1 Standards: Attendees will discover how their organizations can evolve to meet the ever-growing needs of today’s consumers by starting with a common language of business.
  • Category Management 101: A primer on the basic framework and foundation for managing store categories.
  • Evolving Your Tobacco Category: Tips on how to reinvigorate flatlining tobacco sales.
  • Stop the Leakage: Where Are Your Sales Going?: Intended to help retailers discover where customers go to shop for particular categories.
  • Cannabis, Marijuana, CBD: The Practical and Legal Outlook: Retailers will hear about the changing laws related to the category.
  • CBD, Hemp, Edibles: What Retailers Need to Know About This New Category: Guidance on how retailers can market legal CBD products.
  • Cold Vault: Trends and Takeaways: A blueprint on how to increase sales and drive profits in this popular category.
  • Category Management Influencers: A review of the top performers from center store and how retailers can direct customers to those products.

Real Rock Stars of Convenience

Want to know how successful convenience-store leaders got started in the industry? The answer lies in this year’s The Real Rock Stars of Convenience educational session during the 2019 NACS Show. Hear from Tanner Krause, president of Kum & Go; Chuck Maggelet, chief adventure guide for Maverik; and others as part of a live recording of a Convenience Matters podcast.

Interfaith Prayer Meeting

Jedidiah Brewer, president of Study Groups, has been selected to share an inspiring message at this year’s Annual Interfaith Prayer Meeting at the 2019 NACS Show.

The hourlong event, a sharing of spiritual faith in business, will be held at 7 a.m. Oct. 2 in room A410 of the Georgia World Congress Center. The event is open to all NACS Show attendees.

Members from all faiths are encouraged to attend, and food and refreshments will be served. A voluntary love offering will be collected.

Brewer has spent more than 15 years studying aspects of the retail gasoline industry.

Bellingham, Wash.-based Study Groups helps petroleum marketers share ideas peer-to-peer and tap into financial benchmarking. There are 55 Study Groups with more than 600 executives representing nearly 300 companies, with operations in all 50 states. Member firms operate in the petroleum distribution, convenience retailing and convenience distribution industries. Brewer personally facilitates six of the 55 groups in operation and oversees the others.

For more information, contact Tom Severson at (507) 452-3402, ext. 214; (507) 458-6734; or

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