The NGA Show, the trade show of the independent supermarket industry, will showcase more than 60 educational sessions and more than 100 speakers covering a wide array of emerging and top-of-mind issues facing the food retailing industry during its three-day flagship conference coming up Feb. 23-26 in San Diego.
“Change is occurring in our industry at a rapid pace, and independents need to continue to keep their finger on the pulse of the shifts occurring in the food retailing industry and with consumers,” said Greg Ferrara, NGA president and CEO. “We’re excited to release the preliminary agenda for The NGA Show that captures current issues and future trends that should be on top of mind for independent grocers and wholesalers.”
The conference will feature 11 workshop tracks offering a more in-depth look into specific hot topics. These tracks include Omnichannel Marketing, Store of the Future, Compliance, Tech Trends, Focus on Fresh, Operating for Excellence, Foodservice, Strategies for Competing, E-Commerce, People Development and Center Store.
The event will kick off on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1:30pm with a presentation from the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART) titled Independent Retail: What it takes to Thrive in the Age of ‘i’ that will review the top technology trends impacting retail over the next several years and explore how retailers can position themselves for success, including developing a clear strategy, putting together a roadmap and creating a culture of innovation in this new age of retail.
On Monday, Feb. 24, NGA President and CEO Greg Ferrara will be joined by a group of next-generation, young executive retailers to discuss how these emerging leaders are adapting to major changes, such as a millennial-oriented workforce, shifting shopper demographics and the changing role of the physical store during the Super Breakfast Session titled Future Industry Leaders—Expectations, Insights and Plans. Tuesday’s Super Breakfast Session will highlight winners from the Creative Choice Awards, which honors and recognizes the best marketing and merchandising programs in the grocery industry.