Well before exhibits take shape in the Exhibit Hall, preparation is necessary to lay the groundwork for success at the NACDS Total Store Expo.

Washington, D.C. – With summer’s arrival and the rapid approach of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Total Store Expo, NACDS’ message to conference attendees is simple: on-site success requires preparation that should be heating up right now.

The 2017 NACDS Total Store Expo will be held August 19-22 in San Diego. NACDS wants suppliers and retailers alike to take advantage of extensive resources that are available to identify and contact business partners, to schedule and shape meetings, to maximize visibility throughout the event, and to leverage the insights and education presented through the conference programming.

“One of NACDS’ top priorities right now is to convey the message that preparation is essential for effectiveness at the NACDS Total Store Expo. We also want attendees to know about the tools we have built to help them succeed – including convenient online resources, step-by-step webinars, and the commitment of long-time NACDS members and staff to provide one-on-one advice to first-time and newer attendees,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE.


“One of NACDS’ top priorities right now is to convey the message that preparation is essential for effectiveness at the NACDS Total Store Expo.”

Yesterday, company representatives who are anticipating their NACDS Total Store Expo experience participated in an “Exhibitor Tools, Tips and Tricks” webinar designed to showcase available resources. The same webinar will be held again on June 29 at 2:00 pm EDT. In addition, exhibitors and retailers have been notified about the following webinars: “Exhibitor Dashboard and Appointment Planner” on June 14 and July 12; “Retailer Online Appointment Planner” on June 15 and July 24; “Show Logistics – From Set Up to Teardown” on June 21. Questions about the webinars can be submitted conveniently via email.

Vital resources that NACDS Total Store Expo attendees should put to use as early as possible include are available through these powerful links:

“When you visit the NACDS Total Store Expo website, you will find incredibly helpful resources that are easy to find,” Anderson said. “I really want to call to attendees’ attention the NACDS Guide to Success, which was crafted for and by the industry through the NACDS Retail Advisory Board – which helps to craft NACDS’ events and programming. This guide includes helpful advice, and it really sets the tone for the NACDS Total Store Expo by emphasizing how crucial it is to plan ahead.”

Other resources that attendees will find online include: an Exhibitor Dashboard that serves as a company’s planning portal; a Collaborative Meeting Agenda that helps establish clear objectives for business partner meetings; videos that clearly describe all logistical details; opportunities to extend a company’s visibility and find unique products through the Product Showcase, the Made in USA program, and the Supplier Diversity program; and much more.

“Plan now – that’s what all successful attendees will tell you,” Anderson said.