Special Events

Grocers Care Charity Event

Sunday, February 12, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join NGA and IGA as we team up with the Kraft Heinz Micronutrient Campaign and Stop Hunger Now for the Grocers Care Charity event, a volunteer initiative that will enable you to take part in the fight to end world hunger and malnutrition by packaging hunger relief meals for developing communities in need. Working together, we will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of approximately 800 million people around the word who are plagued by disease and illness because they don't enough to eat. 

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Opening Reception

Sunday, February 12, 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

The Opening Reception offers NGA Show attendees the opportunity to get a jump start in growing their network. Join industry peers and trading partners in a festive atmosphere with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. The Opening Reception sets the tone for a spirited week of collaboration and connection. 

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Student Case Study Competitions

The Student Case Competition provides students teams with the opportunity to creatively address a real-world issue currently impacting the industry. The competition, generously sponsored by the Asparagus Club, awards up to $4,000 for winning teams of four students who success address this year’s case study question. Students were asked to provide recommendations to Harp’s Food Stores, Inc. (Springdale, AR) regarding their efforts to reach millennial consumers. NGA Show attendees are welcome to attend the competition, which will be held as a General Session on Tuesday, February 14. 

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WGA 5K Fun Run/Walk

Monday, February 13, 6:00 am - 7:00 am

A non-competitive, friendly walk/run, runner and walkers of all levels are welcome and encouraged to participate! The majority of proceeds benefit the Women Grocers of America, which funds scholarships for students pursuing careers in the independent supermarket industry.

Unable to make it to the 2017 NGA Show? No problem! You can still participate in the 2017 WGA 5K Fun Run/Walk without putting on your running shoes. Click HERE to purchase a silent runner registration and support the 2017 Mary Macey Scholarship fund, which awards academic scholarships to students pursuing careers in the independent grocery industry. Click HERE to learn more about WGA or contact Kristine Bender with questions.

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Best Bagger Championship

Monday, February 13, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Bagging has been an important step for many supermarket employees who have pursued long and rewarding careers in the grocery industry. The National Grocers Association Best Bagger Championship features retailers with infectious company pride and an enthusiastic commitment to customer service.

Cheer on your state's best bagger! Baggers from across the country will vie for the championship title and a $10,000 cash prize. 

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Participating in your state's Best Bagger contest? Use the hashtags, #BestBagger and #NGAShow17, to share with the world your best bagging skills. We hope to see you in Vegas!

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The After Party with Kevin Coupe & Michael Sansolo

Monday, February 13, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

We’re carrying the excitement of Best Bagger over to The After Party. Join industry insiders, Kevin Coupe of Morning News Beat and Michael Sansolo, and rub elbows with fellow industry executives.

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Creative Choice Awards: Open Voting Now Available!

Tuesday, February 14, 7:00 am - 8:15 am

This year’s list of Creative Choice Awards category winners feature a wide variety of marketing and merchandising campaigns spanning across retailer sizes and formats. Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to category winning entries! Click HERE to view a full list of category winners and to cast your vote for the ‘Outstanding Merchandiser’ and ‘Outstanding Marketer’ click HERE. Please reach out to Kristine Bender with any questions or concerns.

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The Chairman's Closing Celebration: The Ultimate Vegas Experience

Tuesday, February 14, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Get the ultimate Vegas experience under one roof. Join the NGA Chairman of the Board to mix and mingle with your industry peers and leaders at this new closing celebration. Don’t miss an incredible evening of music featuring Michael Johnson with The A-List and jaw-dropping performances by iL CiRCo.

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Collaboration & Innovation Lounge

Sunday, February 12, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday, February 13, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, February 14, 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The Collaboration & Innovation Lounge is available to NGA member retailers, wholesalers and sponsoring suppliers and exhibitors.  Whether it’s a planned or impromptu meeting amongst trading partners, an opportunity to catch with industry peers or simply check email, NGA’s Collaboration & Innovation Lounge provides an open venue to meet your needs.
*NEW THIS YEAR* Attendees will also have the opportunity to chat with industry experts and your peers about retail innovation and technology solutions for your business. Join the conversation and participate in moderated and/or free-flow discussions. Topics and discussions include:

Sunday, February 12, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
12:00 pm – Grocery eCommerce Basics
1:00 pm – Accepting Mobile Payments
2:00 pm – Shifting from Traditional to Digital Marketing
3:00 pm – Connecting with Millennials in Your Store
Monday, February 13, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
8:00am - Grocery Delivery for Independent Grocers
9:00 am – Implementing Loyalty Through Digital Platforms
10:00 am – Lessons from Our USDA SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot
11:00am - Managing Multiple Technology Partners/Solutions 
Tuesday, February, 14, 7:00 am to 11:00 am  
7:00 am – Email Marketing for Everyone
8:00 am – Making Data Actionable for All Retailers
9:00 am – Differentiating Your Digital Circular
10:00 am – Increasing eCommerce Profitability 

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With over 40 specialized educational workshops led by retailers for retailers and more than 325 companies on our EXPO floor showcasing innovative and game-changing products and solutions, The NGA Show provides countless opportunities to learn from your peers and other industry thought leaders. Bring your whole team to The NGA Show and bring home ideas that will drive profitable growth for your company.