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NACS State of the Industry Summit

Save the Date: April 2-4, 2019
Location: Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Chicago, IL




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One of the best ways to gain a competitive advantage is by using data to guide the direction of your business. Informed decisions can help you improve product offerings, retain customers, reduce costs and gain operational improvements to drive growth.

With nearly 50 years of convenience industry data, analysis and strategic insights behind it, the NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit provides the data-powered answers you need to help set the course forward for your business. Each spring, we bring together business professors, economists and top-performing c-store retailers to help break down the latest consumer, financial and operational data across the convenience channel—live from the stage. Held over two, fast-paced days, this annual benchmarking conference is the only event where convenience retailers gain access to the newest metrics—as well as industry trends, opportunities and ‘watch-outs’—in essential topic areas such as finance, labor, store operations, merchandising and fuel sales.

By attending the SOI Summit, you’ll be among the first to:

  • Preview the newest retail data, industry benchmarks and key performance category insights. Gain a fresh perspective on how your business is performing against competitors in your region and across the country.
  • Learn how top retail performers stand above the rest. Discover how our industry’s super stars continue to grow their businesses, along with areas to enhance your own company's performance.
  • See how consumers drive the convenience retail model. Grow your sales and strengthen your bottom line using exclusive NACS data on consumer shopping behavior that tracks the path to purchase at U.S. convenience stores.
  • Get a regional look at financial and operational metrics. Hear about the major trends that influenced performance across key regions of the U.S. in 2017.

See who’s already made plans to join us this year.

More Information
For any questions or to request more information, please contact:

Retail Attendee Inquiries
Amy Ashley-Burke, CMP
Director, Meetings and Convention Services
(703) 518-4239

Supplier Attendee Inquiries
Michael Marino

New Business Development Manager, Winsight Media
(312) 940-1961

See What the SOI Summit Is All About





Next year’s NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit will take place April 2-4, 2019, just outside of Chicago in Rosemont, IL, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel.

Over the coming months, our research team will be working with top-ranked business professors, economists and c-store retailers to develop another data-rich program with brand new insights into the trends, watch-outs and opportunities for our industry.

Take a look at the 2018 Agenda and speakers (PDF).

Please check back in the fall for the latest information about the 2019 NACS State of the Industry Summit.




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 2018 Speakers


Alan D. Beach
7-Eleven, Inc.
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Dr. Bill Conerly

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Mark DiDomenico
Director, Client Solutions
Datassential Inc.

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Todd Hale
Todd Hale, LLC

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Andy Jones
President & CEO
Sprint Food Stores Inc.

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Tom Kloza
Global Head of Energy Analysis
Oil Price Information Service

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Jason Lobel
CEO & Co-founder

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Thomas F. O'Toole
Clinical Professor of Marketing and Senior Fellow
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

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Joe Sheetz
President & CEO
Sheetz, Inc.

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Kevin Smartt
Kwik Chek Food Stores Inc.

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Scott Stratten
Disruptive and UN-traditional Sales
Marketing, Branding & Relationship Expert

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Gray Taylor
Executive Director

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Contact Nicole Walbe at or 703-518-4229.