The National Grocers Association (NGA) says it will host its annual leadership meeting virtually, Sept. 22-25, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was made in an effort to prioritize the health, safety and resources of NGA members as they continue to help their communities navigate the public health crisis.
The NGA Executive Conference will serve as the organization’s new signature event designed for CEOs and their leadership teams.
“NGA members are on the frontlines, working incredibly hard to deliver the needed food, beverage, personal and household care products to their communities. While the coronavirus pandemic has unexpectedly impacted just about every aspect of our lives, we still must find ways to move forward in this new normal,” said Mike Stigers, CEO of Cub Foods and chairman of the NGA Board of Directors. “NGA has always delivered high quality thought leadership and provided a forum for our industry to collaborate, and the virtual 2020 Executive Conference will be no different. On behalf of the NGA Board of Directors, our teams and members throughout the NGA community, I can confidently express our excitement to gather new insights and strengthen our connections with our suppliers and industry trading partners.”
This reimagined executive conference will provide attendees with big picture data, best practices and actionable insights that are on the forefront of the supermarket industry. Attendees can expect a program featuring sessions with speakers that will explore the impending 2020 elections, the economic outlook, pressures on the supply chain, shifting consumer trends and more. The event also will feature an opportunity for trading partners to connect through a virtual B2B, along with interactive networking events.
“As an industry that generates $131 billion in sales and is a major contributor to the U.S. economy, it is more important now than ever for industry leaders to convene, share best practices and discuss our future together. After careful consideration and consultation with our leadership throughout the independent grocery retailing and wholesale industry, we have determined the best way to deliver a meaningful experience with valuable content that will inform and inspire our membership is through a virtual conference,” said NGA President and CEO Greg Ferrara.
More information about the 2020 NGA Executive Conference and registration information can be found at NGAExecConference.com.