Meet The Industry

Associate Members’ opportunity to hear from industry executives about their expectations and the topics they would like to discuss during their strategic exchanges at Annual Meeting.

The Meet the Industry program has become an important part of the Annual Meeting and is specifically designed for first-time attendees from small and mid-size associate member companies. The program will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The program consists of 30-minute sessions with a senior executive or team of executives from various companies in the industry.

The program will include the following:


  • Overview of company
  • How they use Annual Meeting to conduct business
  • Topics they expect to discuss with suppliers
  • Question & Answer period

You grow through new experiences, and being pushed out of your comfort zone accelerates that growth... I believe you have to continually listen, learn and engage.

Mark Panzer Albertsons Companies

This Partnership idea, which really is at the center of the philosophy of NACDS, you can really see that come alive now between Annual Meeting and coming through at Total Store Expo.

Alex Gourlay Walgreens Boots Alliance & Walgreen Co.

We're always looking for ways to connect with our suppliers. Our meetings are great and they're productive at Annual Meeting. In addition, we meet many new people to ensure that our supplier-base grows. Any place where there is innovation, we're interested in talking.

Judy Sansone CVS Health

For us, the Annual Meeting is the one opportunity a year where you can get all the suppliers together and really cement that partnership on how we work together to make it better for customers. The reality is that Retailers can’t do it alone and Suppliers can’t do it alone.

Richard Ashworth Walgreen Co.