Retailer participation for the inaugural Total Store Expo is shaping up to be stronger than the events it's combining, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

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Strong turnout seen for NACDS Total Store Expo

May 30th, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va. – Retailer participation for the inaugural Total Store Expo is shaping up to be stronger than the events it's combining, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

NACDS said Wednesday that year-to-date retailer registration for the 2013 NACDS Total Store Expo is 20% ahead of 2012 year-to-date retailer registration for the three NACDS conferences that it's bringing together: the Marketplace Conference, Pharmacy & Technology Conference and Supply Chain & Logistics Conference.

In addition, the exhibit hall for the Total Store Expo is more than 98% sold out, NACDS reported.

Now about 80 days away, the Total Store Expo will make its debut August 10 to 13 at Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

"The laser now focuses on helping retailers and suppliers do the planning and execution that will help this amazing turnout translate to maximum results for their companies," Steve Anders, NACDS president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

"From the first day that we announced the NACDS Total Store Expo, we emphasized that the innovative format would help business partners work together creatively across functions, and with the entire store in mind. It is now 'go time' to make and execute the plans that will deliver on the needs of consumers and pharmacy patients," Anderson noted. "It is time to schedule the meetings with the right combinations of team members to make a difference in new ways."

Participating companies said the Total Store Expo will provide a valuable forum for a diverse mix of professionals to meet, exchange ideas, strategize, plan, discuss issues and propose solutions.

"The new Total Store Expo program has become a critical opportunity for companies like Pfizer Consumer Healthcare to meet with our business partners to discuss and plan for the future growth of our industry," commented Ron Schone, vice president of U.S. customer development at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. "Pfizer is planning to lead strategic business sessions with our partners that will include our leads across expanded disciplines, including sales, sales strategy, marketing, replenishment and business technology. This new forum should allow for better collaboration and meetings by having everyone present at one time to gain alignment on all commercial activities impacting retail. We look forward to measuring the outcomes that each meeting will produce at TSE."

Industry buzz around Total Store Expo is strong, according to Michael Wovna, division vice president for chain drug sales at American Greetings Corp.

"We see the benefit whenever we're able to connect with our partners and customers and build a true partnership for success," he stated. "So for a company like ours, TSE will allow us the opportunity to interact with other like-minded companies that are invested in the future of this ­industry."

Wovna added, "The list of companies attending is really impressive. It looks to be a good turnout, and I'm sure many companies see the value in making this a meaningful experience."

NACDS said the Total Store Expo website offers state-of-the-art resources to help exhibitors and retailers plan effectively for the event, such as video tutorials, preparation checklists and a meeting-scheduling tool. There's also a mobile application for the event, with new features including the ability to create a profile that will help participants link up correctly with their counterparts in partner companies, as well as GPS-based assistance in locating exhibitors on the show floor.

"Beyond the strategic exchange, NACDS has applied the same truly total store focus to the entire conference agenda, from the educational programming to special areas in the Exhibit Hall that will focus on innovation," Anderson added. "The rewards for engaging in the right ways in the NACDS Total Store Expo will include business success, new insights, bold ideas and a creative vision for defining the future, and we look forward to hearing the results earned from the preparation that is being done by companies right now."