ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said exhibit space is now sold out for the 2010 NACDS Marketplace Conference, which starts this weekend in San Diego.
NACDS also announced participating chains for its "Meet the Retailer" sessions as well as panelists for its "What a Shopper Does" discussion at the conference, which runs June 5 to 8 at the San Diego Convention Center.
Walgreens, CVS Caremark, Costco, Shopko, Wegmans, Kmart and the Chain Drug Consortium are the participants for the Meet the Retailer sessions, NACDS said Tuesday. The sessions are designed to give suppliers an opportunity to hear directly from retailers about effective strategies for taking their products to market.
The "What a Shopper Does" panel, part of the conference’s "The Path to Purchase" business program, will feature Catherine Lindner, vice president of retail marketing at Walgreens; Steve Frenda, managing director of strategy and development for The In-Store Marketing Institute; Dr. Brian Harris, chairman of The Partnering Group; and Diane Wallace, vice president of shopper marketing for Coca-Cola. The manufacturing, marketing and merchandising discussion will address everything from product development to checkout.
At this year’s conference, nearly 500 health care, personal care, baby care, cosmetics and fragrances manufacturers will have the opportunity to meet with more than 150,000 wholesaler, mass merchant, supermarket and chain drug retail outlets, according to NACDS.
The 2010 event also will feature over 100 first-time exhibitors, who will have the opportunity to meet with retailers during the "Meet the Market" program. In addition, about 8,000 preselected and preplanned meetings will enable exhibitors, suppliers and manufacturers to meet with more than 300 retail buyers, representing over 100,000 retail outlets, in one-on-one meetings to discuss their products and services, NACDS said.