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 supplier of consumer goods and/or beverages
  • Available for a total of 22 potential meetings times between Wednesday, August 2 and Thursday, August 3, 2023

Which retailers are participating?

  • NACS retail member companies with 50+ stores
  • Select buyers from relevant categories
  • Retail companies participating will be announced in July 2023

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 there is a built-in hour 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 – 2:35 PM
  • 2:40 – 3:00 PM
  • 3:05 – 3:25 PM

What if I cannot participate during specific time slots?
If you have a time conflict please contact Nicole Walbe, by July 12th.

Can other people from my company attend my meetings with me?
Yes, however we recommend keeping your meetings small.

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, a web-based platform accessible without download. Whova has 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 meeting appointments will be hosted on the video meeting platform you provide. You will send your meeting link to NACS, and we will send it to participating retailers in advance so they can 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 so we can 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 the products to participating retailers on your behalf. Quantities will be determined once meetings have been scheduled – quantities may vary.