By: | Aug-28-14

<p>The 2014 NACDS Total Store Expo concluded its high-powered schedule of events on a high note Tuesday, with great anticipation for next year&rsquo;s conference in Denver, August 22&ndash;25. </p>
<p>This year&rsquo;s conference delivered on goals to facilitate interactions among retailers and suppliers and highlighted emerging concepts and technologies in cutting-edge attractions like <a href="">Vision 2025</a>, an interactive preview of retail&rsquo;s future, and the <a href="">Product Showcase</a>, which increased visibility for suppliers marketing products.</p>
<p>High-profile speakers lent their insight, expertise and perspective on an ever-changing retail and healthcare landscape. NACDS Chairman John Standley, chairman and CEO of Rite Aid, underscored the importance of the relationship between retailers and suppliers in his opening remarks, &ldquo;The Total Store Expo gives us the opportunity to change by building stronger partnerships that fuel innovation throughout our companies.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p>
<p>Themes of optimism about where the industry is headed&mdash;spurred by unprecedented change&mdash;prevailed with NACDS President &amp; CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, declaring this moment in time &ldquo;a renaissance of health, wellness and customer-focused retailing.&rdquo;</p>
<p>Dr. Ben S. Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, delivered keynote remarks at the conference and revealed a special connection to pharmacy&mdash;he is the son and grandson of pharmacists. Bernanke went on to discuss the challenges he faced guiding the country through some of the most serious financial challenges in its history. NACDS&rsquo; Anderson said, &ldquo;Offering NACDS Total Store Expo attendees the opportunity to hear from national leaders such as Dr. Bernanke illustrates NACDS&rsquo; commitment to its members in providing timely and relevant programming to help suppliers and retailers meet with success.&rdquo;</p>
<p>The NACDS Total Store Expo offers a cross-industry approach focused on the entire store. The revolutionary format has proven to be a success, as all eyes look to the 2015 NACDS Total Store Expo in Denver.</p>
<p><em>View photos from the event on the NACDS Total Store Expo Flickr <a href="">album</a> and coverage of the event on <a href="">NACDS-TV</a>.</em></p>