Why Attend

The NACDS Annual Meeting is the industry’s most prestigious gathering of its most influential leaders. It is the classic “Top-to-Top” business conference, attended by industry decision makers.

Strategic Exchange Appointments

Participating Companies

Shaping the Industry

Strategic Exchange

The NACDS Annual Meeting is the industry’s most prestigious gathering of its most influential leaders. It is the classic “Top-to-Top” business conference, attended by industry decision makers. It will give you and your company a unique opportunity to gain new insights into today’s changing marketplace and set your course for the future. Participation is restricted to executives from NACDS member companies and their spouses/companions.

The Annual Meeting format includes two formal business programs featuring business experts, industry panels, and renowned speakers. These sessions are followed by “strategic exchange appointments” (meetings) between retailers and associate members in the designated “strategic exchange spaces” (meeting umbrellas and cabanas), private meeting rooms, or other designated meeting spaces located throughout the hotel.

Business Programs

Hear from the NACDS leadership about industry issues and NACDS activities on your behalf. You can also look forward to expert presentations on current business and political issues.

Strategic Exchange Appointments

Your opportunity to meet and discuss strategic issues with key trading partners sets the stage for profitable business.

Meet the Industry

Industry Executives offer Associate members insights and expectations for business goals.

It’s always nice when all of the vendors get together with the suppliers and meet once a year, and it’s really efficient to be in one place at one time, and at such a beautiful resort as well. It makes it nice for timing and efficiency, it’s a good meeting place.

Valerie Jabbar The Kroger Co.

It’s a great way for us to meet with a ton of our clients because they’re all here. Last year was our first year at NACDS, we had a number of great meetings, which caused us to come back this year for the 2nd time with twice as many people.

Marcel Van Der Wurff Amazon.com

Come and embrace the audience and take the time to meet with all of your partners and people here are always very open and eager and interested in learning what you’re working on, so use that opportunity to share the latest and greatest innovations that you have that your suppliers may be interested in.

Carlos Garcia Facebook

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.