Last week, FACTOR attended the NACS Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. With over 22,000 attendees and well over 1000 exhibitors, the NACS Show is widely considered the most significant event in the Convenience Store Industry. Each year the NACS Show creates a level of excitement and unity by bringing the entire C-store industry under one roof (and out onto the expo floor!).
The NACS Show provides a perfect forum for convenience store companies and vendors to network together. NACS also serves as the biggest stage to showcase the products and trends that are changing the landscape of the industry (apparently, they can turn anything into a gummy or straw these days). Finally, NACS provides unparalleled educational and training sessions which prepare attendees and exhibitors alike for success in a rapidly changing market; these classes include such topics as Category Management, Marketing, and Technology. In fact, this year was the debut of NACS Technology Edge – a series of technology based education sessions and networking opportunities giving convenience & fuel retailers access to the newest products and solutions available.
For us, NACS has always been a tremendous opportunity to visit with our customers from all over the United States, and to meet new potential clients with whom we can share our vision to help our customers operate as efficiently as possible. This year we met with over 50 customers from over 15 different states! Between time spent on the expo floor and time spent in sessions, we had an absolute blast at NACS this year! We shared our message, we helped solve issues, and we learned a lot about the direction of the industry.
This year, we handed out a lot of koozies, pens, stress balls, and e-grips, and even held a drawing for a Google Nexus tablet! We immediately noticed the koozies being put to good use!
NACS is the last show for FACTOR this year, and a fitting way to cap off a very successful season of events. If you would like to keep updated on our show plans for 2015, please visit the training and events page on our official website.