NACDS Marketplace serves up new business opportunities

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores reported that over 100 first-time exhibitors will showcase their offerings at the 2010 NACDS Marketplace Conference, which kicks off next month in San Diego.

The annual event, which runs June 5 to 8 at the San Diego Convention Center, will bring together manufacturers and retailers for business meetings, networking opportunities and educational programming.

Nearly 500 health care, personal care, baby care, cosmetics and fragrance manufacturers will have the opportunity to meet with more than 150,000 wholesaler, mass merchant, supermarket and chain drug retail outlets, according to NACDS.

Exhibitors also can touch base with retailers during the Meet the Market program. About 8,000 preselected and preplanned meetings will allow exhibitors, suppliers and manufacturers to meet one-on-one with more than 300 retail buyers, representing over 100,000 retail outlets, to discuss their products and services, NACDS said.

The conference, too, will hold "Meet the Retailer/How to Do Business With" sessions, which will provide an opportunity for suppliers to hear directly from retailers about effective strategies for taking their products to market.

NACDS added that among the topics to be explored at Marketplace is the innovative concept of "What a shopper does." This next generation of manufacturing, marketing and merchandising, which encompasses everything from product development to checkout, will be the topic of one of the conference’s business programs, "The Path to Purchase." A discussion panel will feature experts and retailers examining the theory behind shopper marketing.

"The 2010 NACDS Marketplace Conference will deliver tremendous value to retailers and suppliers, and we are hearing a great deal of enthusiasm for the business opportunities that this event will present to participants," NACDS president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson said in a statement. "NACDS meetings and conferences are designed with our members’ priorities in mind, and they are focused on creating effective venues for collaboration, innovation and doing business."




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