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    NACS Kicks Off with a Global Focus

    More than 22,000 attendees expected to partake in convenience retailing¿s biggest week.

    LAS VEGAS – The 2009 NACS Show opened here Tuesday, kicking off with a morning devoted to international c-store retailing.

    More than 1,000 exhibits filled the Las Vegas Convention Center, where more than 22,000 attendees are expected to walk the 350,000 net square feet of floor space.

    Despite the difficult economy over the past year, sources said that attendance – both domestic and international – is running ahead of last year’s show, held in Chicago.

    The morning agenda at the show was devoted to International Trends in a Changing Economy, which was the subject of this year’s NACS International Forum. The International Forum is a special program within the NACS Show aimed at foreign retailers.

    Speakers at this year’s NACS International Forum included retail columnist Kevin Coupe; academic David E. Bowen, Ph. D., of the G. Robert & Katherine Herberger Chair in Global Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management; and design and consumer consultants Joe Bona, of CBX Consulting, and Mike Greene, of HIM!, and retailer Warren Wilmot, CEO, of 7-Eleven Stores Pty. in Australia.

    Attendees included representatives from almost a dozen different countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Norway, Peru, Brazil and France.

    International retailers interviewed by CSNews Online expressed eagerness to attend NACS’ workshops and visit the show floor for the latest business, consumer and product trends in convenience retailing. They also looked forward to visiting U.S. c-stores in the market.

    For continuous coverage of workshops, general sessions and other news from the Show Floor, be sure to check out CSNews’ special microsite, www.csnewsattheshow.com.

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