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New & Improved


When the 2015 NACS Show returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center Oct. 11-14, it will prove to be bigger and better than ever before. Now in its 42nd year, the show is getting ready to break records as it anticipates more than 23,000 attendees and 1,000-plus exhibitors, with expo space sizing up to 400,000 square feet.

Each year, the NACS Show brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals for four days of learning, buying and selling, and networking. At the expo, attendees are guaranteed to find the best and newest products and services, as well as new ideas through workshops and educational sessions, and a magnitude of networking opportunities.

“The NACS Show allows retailers and suppliers to jump-start their plans for the coming year,” said Jeff Lenard, vice president of industry advocacy for NACS, the Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing. “The timing of the NACS Show in October is perfect. It allows retailers to incorporate new ideas, concepts, products and services they found at the NACS Show into their strategy retreats and planning for the new calendar year.”

The NACS Show also gives suppliers access not only to the largest retail audience (convenience stores), but also direct access to buyers, Lenard added.

“The NACS Show is one of the country’s premier buying shows, and consistently rates at or near the top in percentage of attendees with buying authority,” he said.


Whether it is an operator’s first time at the event or their 10th, the NACS Show offers something for everyone. This year, it continues to reinvent itself with new offerings for attendees:

New Exhibitor Area: To make it easier for retailers to discover new products and services, the designated New Exhibitor Area will feature only new-to-the-NACS-Show exhibitors. There are more than 1,160 exhibitors expected at the 2015 NACS Show, of which 200 of them are first-timers, which is 65 more exhibitors than last year. The New Exhibitor Area will receive an extra hour of dedicated expo time each day.

Four Days of General Sessions: NACS Show veterans are used to the traditional three days of general sessions and high-profile speakers, but this year the expo is breaking the mold by expanding with four full days of general sessions.

Women’s Networking Forum: This debut session will provide attendees the opportunity to connect with other women in the convenience and fuel retailing channel. It is open to all female retailers seeking professional growth through networking and building relationships. Presenter Roberta Oster Sachs, leadership coach and Emmy award-winning journalist, will lead the forum. She’ll be joined by former NACS Chair Sonja Hubbard, CEO of E-Z Mart Stores and one of Convenience Store News’ 2014 Top Women in Convenience senior-level executive winners.

Updated Technology Edge Event: Now in its second year, the Technology Edge program is partnering with Conexxus, the industry’s standards and technology organization, to bring more value, education and broader solutions to attendees. Over two and a half days, technology-professional attendees can benefit from specialized educational sessions, facilitated group discussions, networking opportunities and access to new tech products and solutions.


NACS Show attendees will be busy discovering new products, networking and learning best business practices. To help them maximize their experience even before they get to Las Vegas and make the most of their time onsite, NACS is introducing the MyShow Planner.

With the MyShow Planner at their fingertips, showgoers can use their NACS login username and password for access to a plethora of opportunities. Attendees can explore the 50-plus educational sessions and schedule the specific ones they’d like to attend; browse exhibitor listings, new companies and save time by adding them to the list of exhibitors they’d like to visit; and synch their MyShow Planner schedule with the NACS Show mobile app for nonstop access.

Made available in August, the NACS Show mobile app navigates the shortest paths between attendees’ favorite exhibitors with the interactive floor plan and enables them to view the complete schedule, review their personalized MyShow Planner agenda on the go, and stay in synch with the latest show alerts and updates.

The NACS Show mobile app is available for free download for iPhone, Android, iPod Touch, iPad and other web-enabled devices.

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