Opening Keynote

As director of the CIA and NSA, General Hayden was on the front line of the war on terror and saw firsthand the challenges our nation faced during times of geopolitical strife.  Hayden is a retired four-star general who was the country's first principal deputy director of national intelligence and the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the country.  Additionally, Hayden served as the head of two multi-billion dollar enterprises, and through this experience, he brings an interesting perspective on the challenges of managing complex organizations in times of stress and the need to develop effective internal and external communications.  

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Opening Reception

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 Competition

The NGA Student Case Study Competition explores opportunities to improve health and wellness for both company associates and shoppers at Coborn's stores. Hear students’ ideas and suggestions for a health and wellness strategy that will inspire healthier living among employees and shoppers to ultimately lower health and wellness costs and improve the well-being of our communities. The finalists will present their recommendations and judges will determine the competition winner at the end of the session. Find out which university will claim the title of 2018 champion and discover creative ways to inspire healthy living.

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NGA Foundation Speakeasy Experience

Join us for this donor-exclusive NGA Foundation "Speakeasy" event on Sunday, February 11 at The Parlor inside the Mirage. Through your donation, the NGA Foundation is able to better prepare today's students as tomorrow's leaders. Space for this exclusive "Speakeasy" event is limited.  For more information about making your 501(c)3 donation, and to reserve your ticket, please contact Maggie White at Mwhite@nationalgrocers.org
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WGA 5K Fun Run/Walk

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. 

To register prior to the event please click HERE or contact ldavislaux@nationalgrocers.org.  

To register on-site for the 2018 WGA 5K Fun Run/Walk or to learn how to become a silent runner, please visit The NGA Show Registration area at Registration Desk 1.

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Student Mentoring Program Orientation

The Student Mentoring Program pairs industry professionals attending The NGA Show with students participating in the Student Case Study Competition. The goal of this program is for students to establish a connection and engage with industry influencers for the purposes of networking at the show and beyond. In turn, mentors have the opportunity to pick bright young minds studying retail, supply chain and food marketing to discuss industry trends, issues affecting their business, and potential career paths. To learn more about becoming a mentor click HERE.

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National Best Bagger Championship & Afterparty

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 #NGAShow18, to share with the world your best bagging skills. We hope to see you in Vegas!

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Creative Choice Awards

Creative Choice Awards category winners feature a wide variety of marketing and merchandising campaigns spanning across retailer sizes and formats.  The competition honors and recognizes the best marketing and merchandising programs in the grocery industry.  Winners of the Creative Choice Awards Contest gain respect throughout the industry and receive national recognition at the NGA Show.
For more information, visit www.ngacreativechoice.com.  

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Closing Pool-Side Celebration

Wrap up your NGA Show experience mixing and mingling with your industry peers and leaders at the Mardi Gras-themed Tuesday celebration. Informal but highly productive, the festivities will be hosted at The Mirage Pool.

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Collaboration & Innovation Lounge

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-up with industry peers or simply check email and get some work done at the Show, this area provides an open venue to meet your needs.

*NEW*  This year NGA is partnering with the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART) for this exciting initiative. Learn about, engage with and experience the latest technologies in real life like you have never seen before in the Collaboration & Innovation Lounge. Think artificial intelligence, robots, wine kiosks, augmented reality and more!

Tech Talk Schedule

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A Million Thanks Letter Writing Campaign to Support the Troops

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Join NGA to show your gratitude for our military and their families by writing a letter of thanks and encouragement to U.S. troops stationed around the world. NGA has partnered with A Million Thanks, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the U.S. Military, to host a letter writing campaign during this year’s NGA Show. Cards and Drop-off Mail Boxes will be stationed in two locations throughout the Mirage Events center (Registration Desk 2/Member Services Area and Registration Desk 3) for you to stop by and write a note of thanks and appreciation that will be directly sent to our military service men and women.


With over 40 specialized educational workshops led by retailers for retailers and more than 350 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.