NACS Convenience Catalyst - Supplier FAQ

Are we eligible to apply for Convenience Catalyst?
To qualify your supplier company must:

  • Be a current NACS supplier member in good standing
  • Be a confirmed, first-time exhibitor at the NACS Show 2022
  • Be a supplier of consumer-packaged goods and/or beverages
  • Available for a maximum of 11 meetings times on September 7thand/or September 8th

Which retailers are participating?

  • Work for a NACS retail member company in good standing with 50+ stores
  • Select buyers from relevant buying categories will be invited
  • Retail companies participating will be announced in August 2022

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?
If any specific time slot has a conflict for you, please indicate which timeslot you are not available for by contacting Erin Garay, 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 you. Once NACS is aware of which platforms your meetings will be on, we will communicate that to participating retailers in advance to allow them 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.

Should we be planning sampling for the meetings (i.e. shipped before/after)?
NACS will request product samples once meeting schedules have been determined. We will request that you send these products to our main office and we will ship those products to participating retailers on your behalf. Quantities will be determined once meetings have been scheduled – quantities may vary.