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NECSEMA’s Annual Trade Expo Opens March 22


Innovations in vehicle fueling and healthy food service at convenience stores take center stage March 22 at the DCU Center for the New England Convenience Store and Energy Marketers Association’s annual trade expo in Worcester, Massachusetts.

“It’s an exciting and transformative time in the convenience store space, and we’re thrilled to showcase everything that the industry has to offer,” said Peter Brennan, executive director.

“It’s especially great to return to Worcester, a central and historic location for our members from across the region who play key roles in delivering fuel, food, and other essential services to the public every day. 

“Today’s convenience stores are providing more and more options every day to our consumers – from high quality, chef-curated prepared meals and healthy foods, to traditional staples such as meals, lottery and tobacco products, as well as fueling options to every vehicle from heavy-duty trucks to EVs. This year’s NECSEMA 2023 Trade Show will showcase the innovation and constantly evolving customer experience that our members offer.”

The 2023 NECSEMA Trade Expo will feature exhibitors from all sectors of the industry, in addition to a series of live seminars focused on emerging trends. Seminars will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on March 22 in the DCU Center, followed by a keynote lunch featuring Scott Walters, VP of app and brand development company for Rovertown.

The exhibition floor will be open from 1-4 p.m. Attendance is complimentary for all retailers, but space is limited and pre-registration is encouraged. There will also be an opening dinner March 21 for NECSEMA members. 

“We are looking forward to bringing our members together again in Worcester to connect and share experiences, business ideas, strategies and best practices that are making our industry thrive every day,” said Lisa Lawinger, marketing director.

“From online apps that capture brand loyalty to fuel service innovations and emerging new products, our members have more ways than ever to meet customer needs.”

Among the highlights:

  • EV Charging – Reality of Transitions
    • Moderated by Peter Rasmussen, CEO, Convenience and Energy Advisors; Jon Shaer, director of retail, fueling and convenience, Chargepoint; and James Carter, electric innovation strategist, Global LP.
  • Recruiting, Developing and Retaining a First-Class Team
    • Deb Moore, VP of human resources, Nouria Energy; Beth Clemente, HR Energy North Group; and moderated by Steven Holtz, content director convenience, CSP Magazine.
  • M & A Activity in the C-store/Energy Space
    • Ken Currier, owner, C-Store Investments; Paul Black, SVP, Webster Bank; and Margaret Niekrash, treasurer, Global LP.
  • Food Service Strategies; How to enter this category at any level
    • Roger Foley, NCD corporate chef, Food Service Expert.
  • Keynote speaker – Scott Walters, VP of Rovertown – “Increasing profits and foot traffic through e-commerce: An overview of apps, ordering, branding and loyalty”

For more information and to register for the NECSEMA’s annual trade expo, click here.

To read more convenience store news from The Shelby Report, click here.

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