The 44th annual industry event comes to Chicago Oct. 17-20.
Only 13 percent of retail industry's c-suite leaders are women.
Hollywood icon and philanthropist William Shatner will close out the event.
Maverik exec advises operators to treat their brand like a national one.
NACS Show panel says multiples are at an all-time high.
Retailers can find success by teaming with third-party organizations.
The segment brings special challenges, but they can be overcome.
New products and partnerships were in abundance.
Brad McGuinness, Jay Ard to serve as successive chairmen.
Aloha Petroleum, Ricker's and Core-Mark join PHA.
C-stores are about community, Rahim Budhwani says.
Experts urge retailers to take advantage of grants, credits and tax breaks.