A host of retailer, exhibitor and other attendees from across the mass retail arena brought the 2009 National Association of Chain Drug Stores Marketplace Conference to a successful close this past week in Boston.


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NACDS Marketplace draws from across mass retail spectrum

July 3rd, 2009
Steve Anderson, NACDS CEO

BOSTON – A host of retailer, exhibitor and other attendees from across the mass retail arena brought the 2009 National Association of Chain Drug Stores Marketplace Conference to a successful close this past week in Boston.

NACDS said this year’s event, held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, drew more than 251 retail companies and 780 buyers representing more than 145,000 retail outlets, along with 429 exhibiting companies across 11 major categories and 150 subcategories.

At the conference — which the NACDS calls the nation's largest convergence of drug, food, mass, club and value retailing — attendees came together to network, strategize, exchange ideas and form new industry relationships.

One of the show's highlights included "Meet the Retailer" sessions, in which attendees had the opportunity to learn how to do business with 11 leading retailers. Participants included CVS Caremark, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Meijer, Costco, Wegmans Food Markets, Kmart, Supervalu, Cardinal Health, Wal-Mart Stores and the Chain Drug Consortium.

Another popular event, NACDS said, was the "Meet the Market" program. Involving more than 8,000 appointments, the program provided first-time exhibitors and exhibitors with new products the opportunity to meet with major retailers through a series of individual meetings.

In addition, attendees were given some insight into the current economic climate, changing consumer behavior and how they affect their businesses and strategic plans through the NACDS ECON '09 Business Programs. Presentations included "Survival Retailing 2010" by Dan O’Connor, chief executive officer of RetailNet Group, and "Discovering the Real Truth about Shopper Behavior" by Thom Blischok, president of consulting and innovation at Information Resources Inc.

"The Marketplace Conference offers opportunities to both retailers and suppliers seldom found elsewhere on such a scale to help enhance their business practices," Steve Anderson, NACDS president and CEO, said in a statement. "NACDS continues to develop new resources and programming for our meetings that make them essential to our attendees and relevant to their day-to-day businesses."

The 2010 NACDS Marketplace Conference is scheduled for June 5 to 8 in San Diego, the association said.

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