Progressive Grocer Independent

DEC 2016

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32 | Progressive Grocer Independent | December 2016 L as Vegas will again host the most important trade shows in the independent supermarket space, with the IGA Rally and e NGA Show running concurrent- ly from Feb. 10 through Feb. 15, 2017, at the Mirage Hotel and Casino. e 2017 IGA Global Rally will kick off with a welcome reception Friday, Feb. 10. e educational ses- sions begin the next morning and are centered on the theme "It's in Our DNA." e sessions' main message will be IGA's strategic plan to help retail- ers make customers happier and more satisfied. Topics will include bridging the multigenerational gap in customer service, how to provide customer service the IGA Hometown Proud way and creating a store culture that's better than that of the competition. e IGA Rally will conclude Sunday morning with a brunch honoring the 2017 Awards of Excel- lence recipients, and special speaker Joe eismann, the world-champion quarterback and broadcaster, will speak on the parallels between winning in football and in business. e NGA Show 2017 will kick off later Sunday evening with an open- ing keynote address by John Boehner, former Speaker of the House of Repre- sentatives and small businessman. "We are excited to have former Speaker Boehner join us as the keynote speaker for our 2017 Show," says NGA President and CEO Peter Larkin. "Given his wealth of knowl- edge, along with his small business background and, of course, his candor, I can't think of anyone better suited to stimulate dialogue and provide insight about the current political and eco- nomic issues and how they will impact independent grocers." is year's NGA Show also will feature seven educational tracks, "Farm to Store," "In the Aisles," "People Development," "Attracting Shoppers," "Executing for Excellence," "Connect- ed Commerce," and "Payments and Profitability," to help educate indepen- dents on how best-in-class retailers are able to increase their net profits during challenging times. On Monday, NGA will host its Best Bagger Championship, in which store baggers from several states will compete to be named the national best bagger and win a $10,000 cash prize. e show will close Tuesday evening with a revamped closing celebration held poolside at e Mirage to allow for a less formal and more productive networking opportunity. "Whether you own one store or operate a multistore chain, there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to being successful in the supermarket indus- try," Larkin notes. "Staying ahead of the curve in a variety of areas is vitally important. We believe these enhanced aspects of the show, specifically the newly focused workshop tracks, will ensure that attendees will leave Las Vegas with the necessary resources, tools and solutions to address shifting demands and marketplace challenges, and ultimately help them grow their bottom line." For more information on the NGA Show 2017, visit www.theNGAshow. com. For more information about the 2017 IGA Global Rally, visit www. PGI Independents to Storm Vegas Once again, the IGA Rally and The NGA Show will be co-located in Sin City. NGA/IGA Preshow Industry Events ABOVE: IGA CEO Mark Batenic will open the 2017 IGA Rally. LEFT: Last year's IGA Awards of Excellence winners from around the world.

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