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    10,200 Eight-Minute Meetings Symbolize Power And Value Of National Association Of Chain Drug Stores Marketplace, USA

With more than 10,200 "Meet the Market" face-to-face pre-arranged appointments under the belt, including 1,500 of these appointments held for the first time on the exhibit floor, the 2007 NACDS Marketplace Conference is off to a sizzling start. The new and sparkling, state-of-the-art Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is an appropriate setting for one of the best-attended, highly energetic Marketplace Conferences ever. Every turn and twist along the half-mile exhibit floor displays a flurry of activity between retail representatives; sales, marketing, and merchandising executives; category managers; buyers; the broker community; and their counterparts at the exhibiting companies.

Attendees of what can be described as the industry's one-stop shop overwhelmingly acknowledge the invaluable business interactions and exciting opportunities to discuss new merchandising trends, products, and packaging. As large as this year's conference is - over 3,700 total attendees, including 275 retail companies with a record-setting 908 retail executives and 524 exhibiting companies - Marketplace manages to keep a community feel.

"The 2007 NACDS Marketplace Conference is succeeding because of the hard work and strategy that has been poured into making this a personalized event. NACDS doesn't merely create a sales and purchasing venue, it brings to the table exhibitor and attendee resources, event structures, company-specific insights, and a commitment to value that reflects our unwavering vision that attendees meet with success. It is our constant goal to listen to the industry and deliver," said Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, president and CEO of NACDS.

Yesterday's "Town Hall" meeting, in its second year, provided a popular venue for interactive dialogue with NACDS Chairman David Bernauer, Walgreen Co. Vice President of Purchasing David Van Howe, Colgate-Palmolive Co. Director of Trade Development Peter Thompson, and Anderson. The well-attended meeting offered key tips for what retailers are looking for from new suppliers and answered a variety of supplier questions.

In another demonstration of NACDS' positive momentum, the Association is experiencing strong turnout at programs designed to inform non-member company representatives about opportunities to gain further value through broader involvement in NACDS.

With two more days of a bustling exhibit hall where critical business decisions are sure to be made, and with all of the awards still left to be presented - the In Style Your Look Most Wanted Awards followed by Woman's Day Best in Beauty & Health Awards - the Marketplace Conference remains the talk of the town and the industry.

National Association of Chain Drug Stores

Publication Date: 2007-06-28 03:00

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