Convenience Leaders Exchange

Convenience Leaders Exchange

June 2024   minute read

The Convenience Leaders Exchange is a series of invitation-only, local events for convenience retail representatives to gather together and discuss key industry issues and trends impacting convenience retail—all in an intimate, roundtable setting. Invited representatives include CEOs, owners, managing directors and senior representatives who operate local, national and multinational convenience retail stores.

“The very definition of convenience is constantly evolving around the world. These Exchanges allow high-level leaders from specific markets to interact with leaders from around the globe to to share ideas that can continue to push convenience forward,” said Mark Wohltmann, director of NACS global.

This past April, NACS hosted two Convenience Leaders Exchange meetings: One in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and one in Hamburg, Germany.

Argentina hosted the inaugural NACS Convenience Leaders Exchange for the region, and more than 80 industry leaders from across Latin America attended the event. The two-day conference highlighted the latest developments in the convenience and fuels industry as well as a curated store tour.

The conference showed that despite some challenges, such as navigating the transition to EVs, there was a general sense of optimism among participants for the industry in Latin America. The region’s economic growth and increasing urbanization are creating favorable conditions for industry growth.

More than 150 convenience retailers participated in the Convenience Leaders Exchange D-A-CH in Hamburg, Germany, the industry’s only English-speaking event in the German-speaking markets. The event launched in 2017, and brings together senior leaders from Germany, Austria and Switzerland with thought leaders in other markets.

Upcoming NACS Convenience Leaders Exchanges are:

• Sub-Saharan Africa (September 2024)

• Poland (Warsaw, January 2025)

• Middle East/North Africa (November 2025)

For more information on Convenience Leaders Exchanges, including how to participate, reach out to  Mark Wohltmann at [email protected].

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