With less than 30 days to go before the start of the first-ever National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo, slated for Aug. 10 to 13 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, DSN examined some of the can't-miss programming on tap for the game-changing conference that is projected to receive an unprecedented number of retailers and suppliers.
Some key highlights of NACDS TSE will include:
- Keynotes set the tone. Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator from New York, delivers the big Aug. 12 keynote address. In addition, author and business consultant Jim Collins will offer his key business insights during the Aug. 11 opening business program. Collins is author or co-author of six books including the international best-seller "Good to Great" and New York Times best-seller "How the Mighty Fall." As an important side note, icons in the day-by-day schedule indicate whether Insight Sessions are primarily geared toward pharmacy, CPG or supply chain;
- There's an app for that. Mobile apps have become vital resources for NACDS events. This version includes GPS to help participants find exactly what they are looking for in the Exhibit Hall. Via the app, attendees also can create a profile that will help participants link up correctly with their counterparts in partner companies; and
- Innovation Zone. This new section of the show floor will feature some of the coolest products and services being showcased at NACDS TSE. For example, MoBeam will showcase its patented light-based communications technology and software that enables mobile phones to interact with existing POS retail technology. Additional companies participating include Alcon, Altierre, Coca-Cola, A.T. Kearney and Descartes, which offers next-generation solutions for home delivery, omnichannel retailing and inbound logistics.
In addition to the can't-miss programming, NACDS TSE also offers another major draw, with more than 1,100 retailer attendees expected — the most ever at an NACDS conference.
"We simply haven't had 1,100 retailer representatives together in one place before. The opportunities for retailers and exhibitors are going to be fantastic. The vision of the board was to put together a meeting that allowed for true collaboration among diverse retailers, from the CEO to category-buyer level and supplier partners — including front end, pharmacy, supply chain, logistics and technology," said Chris Krese, SVP marketing, communications and media relations for NACDS. "That was how it was announced in April 2011, and here we are — two-and-a-half years later — and that vision is a reality."