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The NACDS Annual Meeting will
give retailers and suppliers an
opportunity to discuss strategies,
goals and future plans.
BY REBEKAH MARCARELLI
THE PHOENICIAN RESORT in Scottsdale, Ariz. will transform into a strategic hub for retail- ers and suppliers alike at this year’s NACDS Annual Meeting,
which takes place April 22-25. The resort will
be equipped with strategic exchange appointment spaces (SEAS) where hundreds of top-end meetings will be in session at any given
time, says Jim Whitman, senior vice president, member programs and services with
Arlington, Va.-based NACDS (National
Association of Chain Drug Stores).
“It’s a very efficient use of time and everyone
does more with less,” Whitman adds. “This is
a sweet spot because attendees can certainly
do a lot over a four-day period. When you
bring people together like what we’re doing at
the Annual Meeting, it’s about making sure
everyone leverages all of the available oppor-
tunities they have throughout the time.”
Whitman says the meeting’s April time-
frame is ideal for long-term planning since the
holiday rush is over and planning has already
been done for the spring and summer.
“It’s a good time to be doing your strate-
gic planning three or five years out,” he says.
“Running businesses is complex and having
people getting together like this on a yearly
basis is very effective for companies to make
these kinds of decisions.”
Here is a look at some of the companies that
will be taking advantage of this year’s NACDS
This year’s lineup from Cleveland-based
American Greetings will include greeting
cards that tout wagging tails, pullable cords
and singing chairs, which the company plans
to highlight at the meeting.
“The meeting also provides the company
with a valuable opportunity to discuss the
importance of the greeting card category,” says
Tim Tillia, divisional vice president of sales.
American Greetings’ newest innovations
include: Happy Tails, cards that feature ani-
mals with tails that sway from side to side and
NACDS Annual Meeting
April 22-25 | Scottsdale, Ariz.