Conventions - October 2008

NACS Show 2008

The National Association of Convenience Stores’ 2008 Show will be held at McCormick Place, Chicago. The event starts off on Sunday, October 5 and runs through Tuesday, October 7. As has been the case for the past several years, the Petroleum Equipment Institute’s (PEI) convention and the fall meeting of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMMA) will be held concurrently.

The keynote speaker at Sunday’s Opening General Session is Jim Parker, former CEO of Southwest Airlines. Parker will discuss the beneficial role of corporate culture in both good economic times and bad. At the Closing General Session on Tuesday, Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor and seven times consecutive winner of the Tour de France, will relate his story of determination, dedication, and strength.

For the latest information, call NACS at (703) 684-3600 or visit www.nacsonline.com on the web.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4

7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cool New Products Preview Room
(exclusive access for retailers, wholesalers, and distributors)

7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
International Forum (separate registration fee)

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Supplier Board Meeting/Membership Meeting

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Workshops
• Behind the Beverage Evolution
• How to Build Customer Loyalty
• Leverageing Wholesale Distribution to Maximize Convenience Retail Revenue
• PCI Compliance: Ignorance is Not a Defense

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Workshop
• PR Roundtable: How to Promote Your Business

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Workshops
• Alternative Payments — What is This Going to Cost Me?
• Don’t Lose Your Lunch Over Foodservice
• How to Structure Your Real Estate Overhead
• Loyalty Innovations: The Best Program for You and Your Company

5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
New Member Welcome Reception

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception at Navy Pier

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5

7:30 a.m. - noon
Cool New Products Preview Room
(exclusive access for retailers, wholesalers, and distributors)

7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Workshops
• 60-Second Shootout
• Candy in the Convenience Channel: A Vertical Study
• Delivering Customer Delight
• Obtaining a High Quality Workforce within the Retail Channel
• How to Win Customers and Keep Them
• Industry Benchmarking, Leverageing CSX: the NACS SOI Database

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
General Session

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Workshops
• Category Management: Clear as Mud
• Categories, Packaging and Pricing in the Convenience Store Channel
• Global Convenience Industry Achievement Award Competition
• Going Green: A Case Study on the Implementation of Sustainable Convenience Store Design
• How to Outpace the Industry in Snack Sales & Profit Growth
• What Happens When Your Number One Category Disappears?
• Merchandising on a Dime
• Selling Foodservice
• Supervisors at Their Best: Lessons Learned from the NACS Leadership Challenge Class of 2008
• Welcome Aboard! Why a Warm Welcome to Your Newest Employee is the Way to Sail

Noon - 5:30 p.m.
Expo

Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Cool New Products Preview Room
(open to all attendees)

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
International Reception

MONDAY, OCTOBER 6

7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cool New Products Preview Room
(open to all attendees)

7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Workshops
• Looking Good in Green
• Making Fuel Management More Efficient Using PCATS/NAXML Standards
• Petroleum Governmental Update
• Running out of Cash When You’re
Making Money
• The Invisible Leader
• Why “US?” Reasons Why Global Countries Have Their Eyes on US Properties

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Industry Leaders Roundtable and CEO Presentation on Retail Business Strategy

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Ideas 2 Go General Session

Noon - 5:30 p.m.
Expo

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
International Reception

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7

7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cool New Products Preview Room
(open to all attendees)

7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Registration

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
General Session Featuring
Lance Armstrong

9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Expo

1:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Workshops
• From Inspiration to Innovation (presented by the Disney Institute)
• “Guestology:” The Magic of Measurement (presented by the Disney Institute)

6:45 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
NACS Show 2008 Closing Party and
NACSPAC Live Auction

* Schedule based on information available August 12, 2008. Subject to change.

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