The National Association of Chain Drug Stores kicks off its second annual Total Store Expo this weekend in Boston, and attendees can look forward to a robust lineup of speakers, programs, events, tools and exhibits.

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Snapshot: The 2014 NACDS Total Store Expo

August 22nd, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores kicks off its second annual Total Store Expo this weekend in Boston, and attendees can look forward to a robust lineup of speakers, programs, events, tools and exhibits.

Running Aug. 23 to 26 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the 2014 Total Store Expo is aimed at enabling retailers, suppliers and other business partners to innovate across departments and functions to enhance the total store experience, NACDS noted.

"The NACDS Total Store Expo is unlike any other industry trade show, with an eye toward utilizing innovation and technology in maximizing business opportunities throughout the entire store," NACDS president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson said in a statement. "The many facets of this unique show present opportunities well beyond the four days in Boston. We look forward to a successful show that provides bold visions, and long-term success for the industry."

The Expo website at includes tactical resources to help retailers and exhibitors plan effectively for the meeting, including video tutorials, preparation checklists, a meeting scheduling tool, and other resources and insights.

Also available to help attendees is the 2014 Total Store Expo App. The mobile application provides a dashboard with features to help attendees plan ahead and navigate the Expo. Key features include interactive maps, a schedule of events, a list of exhibitors, NACDS-TV videos, a photo gallery and the ability to set up a profile to connect with other attendees.

Meanwhile, NACDS-TV returns this year with a studio in the Exhibit Hall that will give attendees the chance to go on camera and share their success stories. And along with its daily coverage of the Expo, NACDS-TV will registrants prepare for the show via video tutorials in its programming as well as other tips to help make the show experience successful for retailers and suppliers.

The online tools and multimedia resources will help attendees plan ahead to get the most out of the Total Store Expo's comprehensive roster of programs, speakers, idea exchanges, meetings and exhibits.

Here's a roundup of the key components of the Total Store Expo agenda this year:

Business Program: Attendees can hear from industry leaders on top issues as well as high-caliber keynote speakers addressing relevant and timely topics.

Speakers: The 2014 Total Store Expo provides a cadre of distinguished and compelling speakers.

Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve System, will address attendees during the morning Business Program on Sunday, Aug. 24. In his remarks, Bernanke will share his experience as the nation's leading financial adviser during some of the nation's most challenging financial times.

John Standley, chairman and CEO of Rite Aid Corp. and NACDS chairman, will highlight the importance of retailer-supplier collaboration in today's fast-changing marketplace during the morning Business Program on Sunday, Aug. 24.

Steve Anderson, president and CEO of NACDS, will spotlight opportunities for retailers and suppliers to work together within the current operating environment nationally and within NACDS during the morning Business Program on Sunday, Aug. 24.

Insight Sessions: The educational Insight Sessions will offer presentations by experts on a range of key issues and priorities, including innovation, health care, business and logistics. To date, about two dozen Insight Sessions are scheduled. Each session is crafted to ensure that attendees are receiving helpful information to conduct business on a day-to-day basis on a variety of topics, including the impact of the Affordable Care Act, emerging health care models, business planning, consumer and market trends, innovation, health information technology and digital solutions.

Meet the Market: Meet the Market exchanges are 10-minute appointments set by NACDS that enable participating exhibitors to present their company and products to retailers — resulting in thousands of meetings. The program takes place on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9:30 5:30 p.m. in Exhibit Hall C.

Meet the Retailer: One of the Expo's most acclaimed elements, Meet the Retailer sessions give suppliers the opportunity to hear directly from retailers about how to do business together. These meetings are held concurrently on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in meeting rooms on Level 1.

Exhibit Floor: The Total Store Expo exhibit floor provides attendees with the opportunity to check out the latest products and services from suppliers in such sectors as consumer goods, pharmacy, technology and more. The floor is open from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24; 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25; and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Product Showcase: Through the Product Showcase program, exhibitors can get their latest products in front of retailers before and during the Total Store Expo. Products will be presented on the exhibit floor as well as on the Expo website before and during the show. On-site at the Expo, the premium location of these glass-enclosed cases offers exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their wares as retailers conduct business on the exhibit floor throughout the show.

Vision 2025: The Vision 2025 exhibit will give attendees a glimpse of "what comes next" in the industry through technology platforms, displays and interactive experiences. Created in partnership with Checkpoint Systems and Kantar Retail, Vision 2025 will be located at the entrance of the exhibit floor during the fours days of the Expo.

"At the end of the day," stated Jim Whitman, senior vice president of member program and services for NACDS, "it will be all about the agenda people establish for themselves, their companies and their peers on what they hope to accomplish at NACDS Total Store Expo, from the moment they arrive until the moment they depart."

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