The NGA Show features over 40 educational workshops and sessions, highly specialized and geared towards all members of your team.

2018 Super Breakfast Sessions

How To Coexist With A Hard Discounter

Oh, not again! It seems every seven years, like locusts, a new retail format takes aim at our market share with their main goal to make the independent retailer obsolete. This session will showcase creative initiatives retailers can employ to defend (and even grow) their market share in the face of a new, low price competitors. To prepare for the NGA Show, Harold Lloyd ‘lived’ in a Lidl store for three months studying their operational and marketing strengths and weaknesses. Now, he’s ready to present an independent retailer’s best chances to co-exist should they enter your market. New competition is never fun, but strategizing sooner, rather than later, can help preserve market share.

• Harold Lloyd, President, H. Lloyd Presents

Sponsored By:

 chobani freshop website   Post Consumer Brands website

2018 Creative Choice Awards Presentation

Independent grocers are known for their creativity, passion and ability to meet shifting demands in the marketplace - and it shows in their promotional programs. NGA’s Creative Choice Awards recognize marketing and merchandising programs, promotions, and community events that have boosted store traffic, increased item or department sales, positively impacted overall store sales or provide a unique benefit to the community. Discover marketing promotions and merchandising events that add an element of fun and excitement to the shopping experience. Winners of the ‘Outstanding Marketer/Merchandiser’ title will be revealed during this Super Breakfast Session.

• Moderator; Michael Sansolo, President, Sansolo Solutions, LLC

Sponsored By:
Kellogg's, Unilever

2018 General Session

Digital Disruption-Understanding, Adaption, And Persistence Equals Real Growth

The retail world is changing quickly with the impact  of digital so operating “as is” is not enough to keep shoppers engaged.  The battleground for continued growth and profitability is now centered on advancing capabilities in “experience- based retailing.”  With The Harris Poll results from over 3,000 self-identified shoppers who spend more than 50% of their grocery dollars at independent grocers, as well as analytics derived from Nielsen’s panel-based Independent Grocer shopper database, this dataset represents the largest and most comprehensive “window into independent shoppers” ever developed and delivered. This session will explore how independent retailers can successfully navigate change by identifying opportunities to remain the stores of choice and achieve real growth in a highly disruptive retail landscape.  Thom Blischok, a global strategic growth advisor to Nielsen will both introduce the 2017 top line research findings as well as moderate this panel discussion.

• Moderator: Thom J. Blischok, Chairman and CEO, The Dialogic Group Global Retail and CPG Growth Advisor to Nielsen
• Ted Balistreri, Co-Owner, Sendik's Food Markets
• Jimmy Wright, President, Wright's Market
• Roger Lowe, Jr., CEO, Lowe's Market
Sponsored By:

Kimberly-Clark Company, Nielsen, VISA

2018 Super Sessions

Surviving The Brave New World Of Food Retailing

Disruptive forces are forever changing the world of retail. Today’s shoppers—armed with new technologies and shifting personal needs and aspirations—are seeking entirely new solutions and customer experience from their stores. As a result, traditional strengths, such as location or product variety, are declining in importance, while experiences and connections are rising. The very definitions of convenience and value are evolving. Retailers participating in the Coca Cola Retailing Research Council understand the key to surviving and thriving in this brave new world of food retailing is embracing and excelling in the consumer’s journey - the lifestyle triggers, preferences and priorities that precede and influence the eventual shopping list; the realities of work routines and home logistics; and the changing social context of how meals are prepared, shared and enjoyed. Explore how successful food retailers of the future can develop omni channel strategies and operational capabilities to ensure their continued relevance to the consumer.

• Moderator: Michael Sansolo: Research
Director, Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council
• Jay Ard, VP Industry Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company
• Doug Fritsch, Senior Vice President, Retail and Business Development, IGA, Inc.
• Steve Junqueiro , President and CEO (retired), Save Mart Supermarkets

Inspiring Healthy Living - Highlights From The NGA Student Case Study Competition

The NGA Student Case Study Competition explores opportunities to improve health and wellness for both company associates and shoppers. 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.

• Denny Belcastro, Vice President, Industry Affairs and Customer Development, Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Sponsored By:

The Clorox Company

2018 Workshop Tracks

tech trends
E-commerce and technology innovations driving retail today and in the future.

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people development
Management and leadership strategies to position the organization for sustained growth. 

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innovative ideas
Consumer insights from around the world and close to home.

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focus on fresh
Creative marketing sand merchandising ideas for evolving fresh and perimeter departments. 

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building bigger baskets
Creating excitement with events and special categories.

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catering to convenience
Creative concepts for winning with foodservice and prepared foods. 

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operating for excellence
Best in class in-store execution strategies to meet competitive challenges. 

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Thank You To Our 2018 Education Partners


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.