Attendance for the NACS Show—the only global event for all things convenience— topped 25,000 for the first time ever, led by a 7.0% increase in “buyers” at the four-day event held October 7-10 in Las Vegas.

Overall attendance was 25,159 industry stakeholders from 72 countries, besting the attendance record set last year. A large part of this attendance growth was attributed to a strong increase in the number of “buyers”— retailers and convenience distributors and registrations from Show partner the Petroleum Equipment Institute—which reached 9,095, a 7.0% increase over the tally in 2017. Overall buyer attendance is up 10.5% over the past two years.

The NACS Show expo also set a record, reaching 431,800 net square feet, up from the previous record-setting expo in 2017 at 425,800 net square feet. More than 1,250 exhibitors participated, including 182 first-time exhibitors in the New Exhibitor area.

Sharing ideas and solutions was certainly a focus on the expo and also in four days of general sessions and 64 education sessions. Education sessions covered relevant industry topics such as foodservice and food safety, leadership development, category management, marketing, technology and fuels. Reflecting the growing international opportunities offered at the NACS Show…

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Source: Fuels Market News