NACS 2020 is the latest industry event to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The trade show put on by the National Association of Convenience Stores, a trade association focused on the advancement of convenience and fuel retailing. Among the show’s exhibitors are a number of tobacco manufacturers, along with retailers operating in the convenience channel, making this the latest of many tobacco trade industry events this year that have been forced to cancel as the pandemic continues to disrupt business.
NACS 2020 was scheduled to take place in Las Vegas Oct. 11-14, 2020 but the event’s organizers were informed by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) that this year’s event would not be able to move forward due to the pandemic. This week, the state of Nevada was listed as one of 21 states in a COVID-19 “red zone” as it faced a potential rise in coronavirus cases.
In a press release, NACS president and CEO Henry Armour stated, “It is with heavy heart that we make this announcement. We had worked closely with the health department with jurisdiction, the LVCVA, our official partners, vendors and other stakeholders to develop a world-class ‘city within a city’ that prioritized safety for our attendees and staff. At the same time, there are issues beyond our control that led to this decision.”
NACS will be issuing full refunds to registered attendees and exhibitors no later than Aug. 7, 2020. While the in-person event has been cancelled, NACS will hold an event this year virtually. According to the association, NACS’ virtual experience will incorporate the three most important elements of the trade show: education, new products and retailer/supplier connections into innovative tools that the show’s attendees will be able to use to improve their businesses. The virtual version of NACS 2020 will be held this fall and will include a virtual product showcase, virtual appointments and on-demand education.
“We invested in new platforms that we intended to roll out in 2021 to supplement our robust education and networking offer. We have fast-tracked implementation of this comprehensive series of virtual offerings to support our industry’s pressing need to stay connected and to bring our community together until we are able to resume in-person events,” Armour commented. “The NACS Show is where we come together to share ideas, make each other better and plan for the coming year. We know that we can’t simply transfer the live, in-person experience of the NACS Show to a virtual offer. Instead, we are replicating the elements that can deliver the most value in a digital environment.”
Information on NACS 2020 refunds and the virtual experience can be found on nacsshow.com.