All About the NACS Show 2021

All About the NACS Show 2021

By Steve Di Orio
Posted in News, Retail Growth Strategies
On August 05, 2021

This October, the convenience store industry will once again be joined together after almost two years for the 2021 NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) Show. The NACS Show, one of the largest industry-specific conferences and exhibits in the United States, will be held at the McCormick Center in Chicago from October 5th thru the 8th after a year of absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than ever, the 2021 show will be essential for retailers and vendors of the convenience store industry as we all deal with the aftermath of the pandemic, such as supply chain disruptions, shortages in merchandise, and the possibility of another outbreak.

According to a recent report, there are over 150 thousand c-stores in the United States, and in 2020 the convenience store industry recorded over 650 billion US dollars in revenue, with around half that amount dedicated to the sale of gas. The industry comprises small independent operators, employees nearly 140 thousand employees throughout the country.

NACS at a glance

This year, there are over 1200 exhibitors that are represented in five categories, Candy & Snacks, Merchandise, Facility Development & Store Operations, Food Equipment & Foodservice, and Technology will participate, utilizing over 420 thousand square feet of exhibit space. Here is a comprehensive list of exhibitors to help plan your time at the NACS Show. You can easily search by company name or product categories.

This year, right in the heart of the Facility and Store Operations section of the show floor, Handy Store Fixtures will be exhibiting in booth #348. Strategically, we have been working diligently with new suppliers to provide our customers with a full spectrum of convenience store shelving and equipment.

We call this our brand-new "Store in a Box" program. For the first time, Handy Store Fixtures will be displaying more than just gondola shelving and retail sales counters at the NACS. This year, we will be highlighting walk-in coolers & freezers, tobacco displays, wire queuing shelving, and of course, premium gondola shelving fixtures.

Walk-In Coolers

Handy Store Fixtures has partnered with a premium manufacturer to provide convenience store retailers with walk-in coolers and freezers, explicitly designed to meet the unique demands of c-store operators.

The strength and flexibility of the wood frame construction of these coolers allow panel manufacturing to exact dimensions. Cooler skins are featured in standard embossed galvanized steel, embossed aluminum, white embossed galvanized, and stainless steel available. Below are some additional product highlights direct from the manufacturer.

  • Class 1 rated CFC free urethane foam
  • Standard 36" x 78" high door, including magnetic gasket, locking door latch with safety release, self-closing cam lift hinges, PVC door jam, vapor proof light, pilot switch, diamond plate threshold, and dial thermometer
  • One-piece corner construction for maximum strength
  • Simple installation that prevents thermal transfer

Queuing Shelving System

If you're looking for an effective and affordable way to increase impulse sales near your retail sales counter, look no further than our Queuing Shelving System. Specifically designed for convenience store retailers looking to increase sales in an area of the store with limited merchandising space.

These black-painted wire-based shelving units feature ample opportunities to merchandise candy, bakery, hand sanitizers, and any other compact item you feel your customers are tempted to add to their cart while waiting online to checkout at your store.

The Queuing system can be designed in your store in any way you see fit as you lead customers checking out along a set path based on the display shelving.

Tobacco Display Fixtures

The Handy Store Fixtures Tobacco Display is an elegant-looking display that is functional for c-store and tobacco retailers looking to merchandise cartons and packs of cigarettes. These secure units feature a tempered glass front door with the included lock and eight pusher shelves that allow tobacco merchandise to be automatically pushed to the front of the case.

The Tobacco Display ships complete, making installation for the retailer fast and straightforward, including all accessories and pushers. The all-steel construction is featured in four standard colors, white, black, grey, & almond, and also has the ability for specialty colors (upcharges will apply). A convenient aspect is the shelves and the ability to adjust the heights based on the tobacco products featured.

After a year off, like you, we're all looking forward to getting in Chicago this year to celebrate the convenience store industry. Many of which employs some of the hardest working individuals who made sure their stores stayed open during the pandemic to help serve the community. Please stop by our booth, number 348, and allow us to say thank you for all you do.