Guide To Success

This primer is for first-time attendees. It has been developed by members of the Regional Chain Committee and the NACDS Retail Advisory Board Membership and Conferences Subcommittee and is based on their collective experiences.

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One-to-One Tips

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  • Start soliciting appointments early – as much as three months in advance.
  • Develop a convincing proposition for each company as to why they will benefit from a meeting with you.
  • Establish a specific agenda for each meeting.
  • Develop a “one pager” summarizing the important facts about your company, key products, point of difference, and any performance matrices that set you apart from the competition.
  • Consider room-dropping an advance thank you for a planned meeting. This will help remind the person of the appointment. Or do a room drop after the meeting as a thank you to recap what was accomplished.
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NACDS is the official housing bureau for the Regional Chain Conference. Once you have registered for the conference, you will receive access to the online hotel reservations site enabling you to make your hotel reservation.

Username & Password

Each attendee requires a username and password to gain access to the Participants page. Your username and password from your online account will become active upon receipt of paid registration.


Attire for all official NACDS Events is Business Casual.

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develop new alliances and partnerships

Appointment-driven one-to-one business meetings between chain executives and key supplier trading partners set the stage for developing profitable marketing ideas and strengthening existing relationships.

February 11–13, 2024

Within Reach

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point • Bonita Springs, FL

The NACDS Regional Chain Conference is a working meeting that offers unique networking opportunities with both your peers and trading partners.

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