ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The NACS Convenience Summit Asia heads to Bangkok, Thailand, March 3–5, 2020, for three learning-intensive days immersed in Asian markets that are changing the way today’s global consumers shop. A highlight of the three-day event is the NACS Convenience Summit Asia Awards Program, a prestigious competition that recognizes outstanding achievements in the Asian retail community.
Bangkok is one of the top five Asian cities whose economies are soaring, thanks in part to international travel. The Southeast Asian city attracts millions of visitors each year for its unique food and hospitality, including a rich market of successful convenience retail formats.
The convenience concept is a way of life throughout Asia, with countries such as China and Thailand proving to be global epicenters of retail disruption, payments technology and innovation. As Asian markets export their innovations to Europe, the United States and beyond, global retailers are facing greater competition. NACS invites convenience retailers to join us March 3-5, 2020, to hear, see and learn how these markets are redefining the retail industry.
“Many of Asia’s most iconic brands are in Bangkok, along with some amazing Thai participants, all operating at a high level in a truly competitive market,” said Michael Davis, vice president of member services at NACS. “This is just one of many reasons why attending the 2020 NACS Convenience Summit Asia is a must.”
Shanghai, China, was host to the 2019 Convenience Summit Asia, and learnings there resonated with summit-goers.
“I received tremendous value out of NACS Convenience Summit Asia and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to see things from a different perspective,” said Bhagdeep Dhaliwal, president, Dhaliwal & Associates Inc.
“In addition to benefiting from the great content, I got lots of insights from the networking and discussions during the breaks—which is a great testimony to the caliber of attendees that the NACS Convenience Summit Asia attracts,” said Klaas Mantel, Head of Global Convenience, Shell International Petroleum Company Limited.
In Bangkok, attendees will be able to immerse themselves in the city’s retail market with guided local store tours.
Day 1 of the 2020 summit will feature a walking store of best-in-class c-stores in the bustling city, including next-generation technology already at work there. Henry Armour, NACS CEO and president, will explore the Global Issues Lifecycle: What Part of the Future is Happening in Thailand?
On days 2 and 3, the education content will feature thought-provoking presentations from leading industry speakers and interactive group discussions on industry topics such as insights on Thai consumer behavior, bridging the gap between online and offline retail, delivery, attracting and keeping quality employees, environmental responsibility and plastics, and the future of convenience retailing in Asia.
On day 3, NACS will present the 2020 Asian Convenience Industry Leader of the Year award and the 2020 Asia Convenience Retail Technology Award.
The Asian Convenience Leader of the Year Award, sponsored by PepsiCo, recognizes and honors the contribution of the most successful and influential convenience industry leader in the Asian region. Jose Victor Paterno, president and CEO of Philippine Seven Corp. dba 7-Eleven Convenience Store, was the 2019 award recipient, joining previous winners Richard Yeung, CEO of Circle K Convenience Stores (HK) Ltd.; and Tomoyasu “Tommy” Marutani, president of Secoma.
The Asia Convenience Retail Technology Award, sponsored by PDI, recognizes a convenience retailing company that has pursued a significant and compelling technology initiative. 7-Eleven Australia was the 2019 recipient of the inaugural award.
Go to www.convenience.org/CSA to join the mailing list for this can’t-miss event, to be held at the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok.