NACS Convenience Catalyst - Retailer FAQ

How do I get an invitation to participate?
Retail attendees must meet certain criteria to be able to participate. Participation is also limited to ensure the quality of meetings can be maintained. If you meet the criteria below and wish to be invited, please contact adean@convenience.org as soon as possible.

  • Work for a NACS retail member company in good standing with 50+ stores
  • Be responsible for recommending and/or buying CPG products or beverages for a convenience store
  • Available for a minimum of two 20-minute meetings on September 7th and/or September 8th

Can I participate in Convenience Catalyst if I’m not planning to attend the NACS Show?
Yes. While the Convenience Catalyst meetings can help you make the most of your NACS Show, it is not a requirement to participate.

Why do I have to sign up by August 19 if the meetings aren’t until after labor day?
The best part about Convenience Catalyst is that NACS will do the meeting scheduling for you. Simply submit your meeting requests, any black out times, and voila! We make it easy, but planning these meetings for everyone does take some time. In order to deliver everyone the best schedules possible, we need a firm head count by August 19th.

What are the possible time slots?
There are 11 possible time slots each day for a maximum of 22 meeting times. Each meeting is 20 minutes and there is a 5-minute transition time in between. Time slots are listed in Eastern time and have built in an hour lunch break from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.  

Morning Time Slots

  • 10:00 – 10:20 AM
  • 10:25 – 10:45 AM
  • 10:50 – 11:10 AM
  • 11:15 – 11:35 AM
  • 11:40 AM – 12:00 PM

Afternoon Time Slots

  • 1:00 – 1:20 PM
  • 1:25 – 1:45 PM
  • 1:50 – 2:10 PM
  • 2:15 – 2:30 PM
  • 2:35 – 2:55 PM
  • 3:00 – 3:20 PM

What if I cannot participate during specific time slots?
Retailers must be able to participate in a minimum of 2 meetings to participate. If any specific time slot has a conflict for you, please indicate which timeslot you are not available for when you complete your meeting request form, or send to adean@convenience.org by August 19th.

Can other people from my company attend my meetings with me?
Once your meeting schedule is complete, you may share any meetings with people from your team who may benefit from being included. To make the most of your meetings, we recommend you minimize how many additional meeting attendees you include.

Do I need to download anything to my computer to participate?
Your meeting schedule will be communicated to you through our meeting platform called Whova. You will need to sign in to Whova but it is a web-based platform accessible without download. Whova does offer an App you can download to your mobile device as well.  More information on how to access Whova will be included when your meeting schedule is complete.

Your actual meeting appointments will be hosted on the video meeting platform provided by each supplier host. Most video conference platforms allow access as a guest without download but functionality may be limited. Once NACS is aware of which platforms your meetings will be on, we will communicate in advance to allow you time to prepare. Platforms may include, but are not limited to Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, etc.

Because NACS is not hosting the meetings directly, technical support may be limited. Please let us know if you have any issues connecting as we can help get you in touch with the meeting host.

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