ALEXANDRIA, Va. – NACS President and CEO Henry Armour is traveling across the United States to share and discuss industry insights, issues and opportunities relevant to convenience and fuel retailers and suppliers at 16 Industry Update Luncheons—and you’re invited!
The first luncheon kicked off January 25 in Sacramento, California, with more than 40 retailers and suppliers attending, followed by a luncheon in Newport Beach. On February 1, Armour headed to Texas with luncheons in San Antonio and Houston. This week he’s been to Little Rock, Arkansas, and hosts a luncheon today in Columbus, Georgia.
So, what does Armour talk about? First, attendees are given time to network, followed by a seated lunch (after all—it is a luncheon). Then Armour delivers an interactive presentation and discussion on topics such as:
- Industry performance trends, spotlighting NACS State of the Industry data;
- Legislative and regulatory issues and NACS efforts to advocate on behalf of the industry; and
- Initiatives that are most topical for retailers, including payments, nutrition and anti-obesity campaigns, motor fuels, tobacco regulations and swipe fees.
After attending the Texas luncheons, NACS Hunter Club member The Pinnacle Corporation noted that the events offered industry insights and professional collaboration opportunities that will help the company anticipate the needs of convenience retailers. Pinnacle was also able to connect with retailers and vendors in a more intimate setting to learn more about how industry challenges and opportunities affect them and their companies.
Leading topics of interest focused on data and payment security, and labor issues including training, efficiency and retention. “NACS presented relevant and detailed data in a way that allowed vendors and retailers to make important decisions for 2017 with the most comprehensive information,” says Adam Mitchell, marketing manager at Pinnacle.
To attend an upcoming NACS Industry Update Luncheon near you, go to nacsonline.com/IUL and sign up for the city and date you would like to attend. This event is open to all retailers, regardless of their NACS membership status. NACS Hunter Club member companies can send up to two individuals per event as space allows.
Since the program's inception in 2007, luncheons have been held in 75 host cities in 45 host states. In fact, more than 5,300 individuals representing 49 states have attended these popular luncheons. Join us!