Meet the Market - Retailers

Meet the Market is a special program designed to introduce the latest innovative products, technology and services at the NACDS Total Store Expo. Participating Exhibitors present their company and products to Retailers through a series of 10-minute appointments arranged by NACDS.

When and Where?

Saturday, August 27, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Who Attends?

Retail companies: Buyers/category managers and other product decision-makers from drug stores, supermarkets, club stores, mass merchants, convenience, dollar and specialty retail.

Exhibitors: Any manufacturer or service provider that is new to NACDS conferences or presenting a new product, service, or technology at the NACDS Total Store Expo is eligible to participate.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

Individuals registered for the NACDS Total Store Expo as “Chain/Retailer” should email for more information and eligibility requirements.

​How Does It Work?

  • Retail companies may designate buyers to engage in this program.
  • NACDS will create a schedule of ten-minute appointments in advance of the conference for retail participants based on the category information provided on their conference registration.
  • During the Meet the Market event, each participating buyer is seated at an assigned table and the presenting exhibitors circulate to their appointments according to the preset schedules.
  • Senior retail executives or representatives without schedules may accompany their participating buyers during Meet the Market.

Program Requirements

Buyers or executives from each retail company agreeing to participate will be seated at his/her own table and will receive an appointment schedule for the program, running from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2022.

Program Registration

Retail participants interested in participating in the Meet the Market program should contact Andrew Klapmust at (703) 837-4628 or email, preferably prior to registering for the conference.

I love Meet the Market it’s one of my favorite events. All year long, my team looks forward to it. It’s a long day, but we get to very quickly see a hundred manufacturers across the team. We always talk about what’s going to be the one or two things, the gems that we find at the show. It’s kind of like a diamond in a rough, we get to find new products and new suppliers in that meeting in a very quick, efficient kind of format.

Naomi Duvall

Cardinal Health

I thought 10-minutes wouldn't be enough but 10 minutes was really a treasure for me. I had 3 products to pitch and I had numerous retailers just almost write an order on the spot.

Leon Kohn