Progressive Grocer Independent

APR 2016

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20 | Progressive Grocer Independent | April 2016 Events Industry T he 2016 NGA Show, hosted by the National Grocers Associa- tion (NGA), was the largest in the history of the event, with nearly 3,300 independent super- market operators, wholesalers, food industry service suppliers and manu- facturers. Te expo foor was home to more than 300 company booths, including NGA Show Pavilion Part- ners, the Brewers Association, Cen- ter for Advancing Retail Technology (CART), the North American Meat Institute, the Produce Marketing Association and the Retail Solutions Providers Association. "I think this year's show — our biggest ever — refects the enthusiasm that is currently taking place in the independent supermarket industry," said Peter Larkin, NGA president and CEO. "I'm confdent that attendees are leaving this year's show with new thoughts and ideas they can implement in their businesses to grow success." New ideas came from more than two dozen educational sessions during the two-day event. Te key takeaway was that consumers and the retail climate are shifting, from a growing reliance on technology to an ever-shortening attention span. Te changing marketplace is inevitable, and retailers must change along with it, "even when things are going well," said Rich Niemann Jr., president and CEO of Quincy, Ill.- based Niemann Foods Inc. Holding its conference right before The NGA Show Roundup This year's show saw a record number of attendees displaying the enthusiasm present in the independent market. Attendees gather at the 2016 NGA Show and Expo. From left: Alan Alden and Trig Solberg, of T.A. Solberg and Co., with Brandon Scholz, of the Wisconsin Grocers Association. The NGA Collaboration Lounge provided a place where attendees could gather in small groups. Sue Klug and Roger Cooper, of Unified Grocers. NGA's Peter Larkin asks a ques- tion of keynote speaker Gen. Stanley McChrystal, USA-Ret. AROUND THE SHOW the NGA Show, IGA celebrated its 90 th anniversary. In addition to looking back at the past 90 years, attendees were tasked by several speakers to look forward not only to the next 90 years, but also the next 90 months, the next 90 days and even the next 90 minutes. Again, the theme of constant change resonated throughout the seminar. Next year, IGA again will hold its annual seminar immediately preced- ing the NGA Show in Las Vegas.

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