NACDS is pivoting.
The trade association, officially known as the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, has gone virtual with its annual show. NACDS Annual Virtual will take place from April 26 to 28 and will feature presentations by association leadership, top-level meetings, member recognition and other programs.
As always, opportunities for manufacturers and retailers to participate in Strategic Exchange meetings will exist. Those will be virtual this year, but otherwise similar to previous years’ meetings. “Retailers and suppliers can contact each other, work on an agenda, set up a date and time, and confirm everything,” said Jim Whitman, senior vice president of member programs and services at the Arlington, Va.-based trade association. “We’re trying to make it the same as in person, and obviously meet over electronic format.”
Participants can use Microsoft Teams, Webex or Zoom, as NACDS is not requiring them to use a specific platform. By now retailers and suppliers are used to the technology, so the experience should be seamless and easy. “We’re looking forward to everyone participating,” Whitman said. “The response has been gratifying, not only for the appointment process but for the great business program that’s being provided to all attendees.”
Here are some of the participating companies and the hot new products they plan to present: