A Giving Spirit

“Cultivating a Community Hub” is the theme of week four of Crack the Code. Plus, see the top 10 Cool New Products.

November 23, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The convenience retailing industry provides jobs, contributes to the economy and supports charitable initiatives in store communities, and this week’s Crack the Code theme embraces the industry’s giving spirit. Join us as we “Cultivate a Community Hub” during week four of the experience. You can still register for Crack the Code—more than 30 education sessions are now on-demand through December 31, and the Exhibitor Showrooms feature hundreds of exhibitors and 5,000 products ready for your store shelves. 

If you register before Monday you can enjoy the spotlight sessions this week: On Monday, attendees will hear from Julie Jackowski, 2019-20 NACS Chairman and chief legal officer and secretary at Casey’s, who explains the company’s new tagline—“Here for Good”—and what that means to rural and local communities that depend on the company’s 2,200-plus stores. (Read more about Jackowski and Casey’s in “Like a Boss” in the February 2020 issue of NACS Magazine.)

Attendees will also learn more about 24/7 Day on Tuesday, an industry-wide program that celebrates response relief efforts and the frontline workers who work around the clock serving communities.

And on Wednesday, join NACS for a thought-provoking video featuring Don Rhoads, president and CEO, The Convenience Group. In “What Being an Essential Business Means,” Rhoads shares how his stores, located near the first coronavirus epicenter, Seattle, responded to the pandemic and economic downturn, followed by Q&A.

Looking ahead to the final week of Crack the Code, beginning November 30, there is much to be thankful for as four industry-renowned CEOs join us for exclusive one-on-one discussions with NACS CEO Henry Armour.

But it’s not just amazing content—the interactive Cool New Products Showroom features nearly 80 exhibitors and more than 165 products. Retailers vote for the best products in each category, and these picks are tallied to produce the top 10 Cool New Products. This past week’s top 10 (based on votes) as of 4 p.m. Friday, November 20, were: 

  1. CBD MultiCube—iSEE Store Innovations LLC
  2. Anthem UX user experience platform—Dover Corporation
  3. BOHA!™ Work Station—TransAct Technologies
  4. Bread & Butter Pickle Chips Pouch—Advantage Solutions
  5. Classic Dill Pickle Chips Pouch—Advantage Solutions
  6. NYS Counter Top Reader Display—NYS Collection
  7. Portion Control Condiment Dispenser—Plastic & Products Marketing
  8. Push N Go Sanitary Coffee Stirrer Dispenser—Plastic & Products Marketing
  9. Roltini Singles: Mozzarella & Pepperoni—Volpi Foods
  10. The Push N Go Sanitary Lid Dispenser (Variations)—Plastic & Products Marketing 

NACS Daily will report on the updated Top 10 Cool Products each Monday.