Fav Trip at NACS Trade Show and Why You Should Attend Next Year
NACS, also known as The National Association for Convenience Stores and Fuel Retailing counts over 2,200 retail and 1,600 supplier company members from the US and abroad since its foundation in 1961.
The idea behind the association is to represent the best interests of fuel retailers and the convenience shops attached, as well as the credit card fees, labor and health care, tobacco etc. before the federal government.
This year was Fav Trip’s first time at the NACS Trade Show and I tell you, we had a blast. We’ve learnt a lot of new things, met a lot of new people, seen a lot of new products and got a glimpse on the future of fuel retailers, and of course, improved our vision for the Fav Trip gas stations.
So, if you’ve missed the NACS Trade Show this year, here are 5 good reasons, from our experience, why you should not miss it next year. Let’s begin!
1) Educational Seminars
It was a great opportunity for us to learn news on human resources and legislation, marketing ideas and many more. But we have to say that the most interesting seminar was on hot food, because gas stations are becoming the destination for food that is both fast as well as freshly cooked.
2) Exchanging Ideas/ Networking
Meeting other retailers to discuss ideas and the most common problems all fuel retailers deal with was the second best reason you need to attend NACS next year. There’s so many things we’ve learned and so many interesting people we met that deal with the same challenges as we do and have come with unique and useful solutions at the same time.
3) New Vendors Meeting Time
Meeting with exiting vendors but especially with new vendors is a good reason in itself to attend NACS, and one of our reasons for attending the show as well. Getting in touch with what’s new on the market is our idea of improvement and being one step ahead in the game.
NACS is also a place for making new connections with potential vendors and even closing more advantageous deals with the competition if you are not pleased with the current ones. NACS is THE place to do this.
4) New Cool Products!
Let’s not mention the cool, new products from Monster, Kickstart and Rockstar Drinks, one of the best sold beverages at gas station conveniences. Just take a look at the brand new 5-Hour Monster and see what we mean:
New products worth mentioning by us are Starbuck’s bottled iced coffee, the new 1893 drinks from Pepsi-Cola, the original, and let’s not forget the Oreo Churros that we’re pretty sure will be a great hit at Fav Trip.
Last but not least, we loved the innovating germ-free pumping idea from UGlove, a glove that you wear while filling up your tank that keeps the bacteria away from your hand. Take a look:
5) Available Tech for Gas Stations
And then of course, gas stations and convenience stores attached have officially entered the era of mobile app support. And if would have not attended NACS this year, we wouldn’t have learnt about this. Thankfully the guys at Royal Loyal have help out with all our store mobile application needs.
These are our 5 reasons why you should attend NACS next year because we most certainly will. And if you’re still not convinced, we invite you to watch this video:
See you next year!!!