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

2019 Super Breakfast Sessions

The Future of Retail

Sunday, February 24, 2019
7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

It is nearly impossible to keep up with the myriad of cutting-edge technologies that are poised to disrupt the traditional retail and consumer goods industries. We will explore these megatrends and their potential for fundamentally changing our personal lives, the marketplace and the consumer.

Sponsored By:

 chobani freshop website   Post Consumer Brands website

2019 Creative Choice Awards Presentation

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Independent retailers are known for their creativity, passion and flexibility. And it shows in their promotional programs. NGA’s Creative Choice Awards program recognizes marketing and merchandising programs, promotions and community events that have boosted store traffic, increased item or department sales, positively impacted overall store sales or provided a unique benefit to the community. Discover marketing promotions and merchandising events that add an element of fun and excitement to the shopping experience. Best of Show marketing and merchandising programs will be revealed during the Super Breakfast Session.

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

Sponsored By:
Kellogg's, Unilever

2019 General Session

Thriving as an Independent

Monday, February 25, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

A look in the rearview mirror shows just how quickly the industry has changed in the last few years. Technology, a fickle economy, new competitors and ever-changing consumer wants and habits have conspired to make it challenging for retailers to survive – let alone thrive. But many independents have done just that – flourished in a complex environment. Find out why wholesalers are bullish on independents, especially those who are innovative, disciplined, strategic and willing to make tough choices. Industry leaders with a birds-eye view of the marketplace will share their perspectives on the future of the independent retailer and how grocers can flourish in the future.

• Peter Larkin, President & CEO, National Grocers Assocation
• John Ross, President & CEO, IGA, Inc.
Sponsored By:

Kimberly-Clark Company, Nielsen, VISA

2019 Super Sessions

Rebuilding the Supermarket Experience

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

To successfully compete with emerging e-commerce competitions, traditional retailers need find ways to give shoppers an enhanced experience in stores using products, merchandising, staffers and technology. This new study from the Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council examines how this can be accomplished in a profitable way.

• Michael Sansolo, President, Sansolo Solutions

Hiring and Retaining Millennials and Multicultural Associates - Highlights From The NGA Student Case Study Competition

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

According to the Pew Research Center, Millennials are projected to overtake Baby Boomers as America’s largest living adult generation in 2019. Millennial growth is largely fueled by immigration, which is adding more numbers to their group than any other. The generation has been the largest in the labor force since 2016 and in a tight employment market, recruiting and retaining across all retailer positions is challenging. Students participating in the case study competition will explore how Independent grocers can encourage Millennials – especially those from diverse backgrounds – to join their ranks?  Hear the two finalists present their solutions to a panel of industry judges and see which university will claim the title of 2018 champion.

Sponsored By:

The Clorox Company

2019 Workshop Tracks


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

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

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Strengths and weaknesses of competitive formats and ways to regain market share

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Creative marketing and merchandising ideas for evolving fresh and perimeter departments. 

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Best practices for getting product to shoppers via home delivery or store pickup

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Making smart technology and capital budget decisions 

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Appealing to shoppers and the bottom line with energy and waste reduction programs

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Consumer insights from around the world and close to home.

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Industry-wide look at drivers impacting performance 

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Making the most of the wealth of data collected at retail

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Creatively reaching and connecting with shoppers through a variety of media

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Using cafés to bring new traffic and sales opportunities to the store

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Creating excitement with events and special categories.

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Creative concepts for winning with foodservice and prepared foods

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Increasing traffic and sales in key departments in the store

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Prepare for a whole new look of the checkout

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

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Transitioning the business smoothly and profitably

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Thank You To Our 2018 Education Partners


With over 60 specialized educational workshops led by retailers for retailers and more than 400 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.