Retailer Registration

Registration is COMPLIMENTARY for all qualifying Retailers.

​Registration Fees

Chain/Retailer Member: Complimentary*
Chain/Retailer Non-Member: Complimentary*

*Company must operate four or more stores.

  • If you manufacture a product or offer a service, you do not qualify for Retailer registration. Please refer to the Exhibitor Registration page. If you operate an e-commerce site that sells your product(s), you do not qualify for Retailer registration.

Associate/Purchasing, Member: $1600
Associate/Purchasing, Non-Member: $2650

  • The Associate Purchasing registration is intended for employees of non-retail companies attending the conference in a purchasing capacity. Wholesalers, importers, and exporters should register as Associate Purchasing and provide samples of printed material (brochures, catalogs, etc.) that show product selection and inventory. If you are attending in a sales capacity, please refer to the Exhibitor Registration page.

Complimentary Spouse/ Companion registration is available and includes participation in all official NACDS receptions, the Total Store Expo Extravaganza, and the Business Program(s). Spouse/Companions will not be given access to the Exhibit Hall.

​Special Offer to Retailers

Registration is COMPLIMENTARY for all qualifying Retailers. In addition, there is a special program offering through which NACDS may provide a travel subsidy for designated individuals of qualifying companies, who participate in the “Meet the Market” program. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact Andrew Klapmust at 703-837-4628 or

​Buyer Qualifications & Credentials

The NACDS Total Store Expo is open to the trade only. To attend as a non-member buyer, you must provide identification to qualify your business, and separate identification to qualify each individual employee from your store or company. Only companies which operate verifiable brick and mortar retail stores or a qualified consumer e-commerce website are eligible to attend as Chain/Retailer Buyers. All other buyers please refer to the Associate Purchasing information under Registration Fees above.

Please provide TWO forms of company and TWO forms of employee identification. (Please note that acceptable employee identification must be provided for each registrant.) We reserve the right to request additional business identification if deemed necessary.

If you previously attended the NACDS Total Store Expo as a buyer, you are most likely pre-qualified; however, NACDS reserves the right to disqualify and cancel as warranted any registrant, regardless of past attendance.


Acceptable Company ID (Two of the Following):
  • Active web site address through which company business can be validated
  • Several recent invoices from industry manufacturers for goods purchased at wholesale/in quantity
  • Appropriate Yellow Pages listing
  • Store/commercial lease indicating type of business
  • Resale tax certificate for industry-related business
  • Photograph of your store front
  • Mail order companies to provide catalog
  • Wholesalers, importers, & exporters should provide samples of printed material (brochures, catalogs, etc.) that show product selection & inventory


Acceptable Employee ID (Two of the Following):
  • Personalized, imprinted business card
  • Copy of cancelled company payroll check or pay-check stub
  • Copy of W-2 form
  • Copy of company credit card with both employee’s and company’s name
  • Copy of company insurance card with employee’s name

By Mail

Mailed forms should be sent to:
P.O. Box 34814
Alexandria, Virginia 22334-0814

Return your forms via the U.S. Postal Service 1st Class or Priority Mail. Other overnight delivery services cannot deliver to this address.

By Fax

Fax the completed form to (703) 683-5678.

By Email

For fastest processing of your application, email the completed form to

Registration Information

Rules & Regulations

Please read and familiarize yourself with the Total Store Expo Rules & Regulations prior to registering for the conference.


All attendee registration cancellations must be made in writing and are considered official on the date they are received at NACDS. Registration cancellations received by Friday, April 7, 2023 will be refunded less a $350 administrative fee per registrant. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after Friday, April 7, 2023.


If a registrant can no longer attend the conference and would like to substitute one company representative for another (both from the same company), complete and submit the Individual Registration Substitution Form.

Health & Safety Policy

(Updated June 13, 2022)

NACDS’ priority is to conduct the Total Store Expo (TSE) in a manner consistent with the health and safety of our attendees and industry partners. Our goal is to hold TSE in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations and recommendations applicable at the time of the event, as well as what NACDS deems is appropriate.  NACDS reserves the right to change, update, or add to these guidelines at any time as it deems prudent to best protect the health and safety of TSE attendees.  As such, attendees will be required to comply with relevant policies and requirements as communicated by NACDS.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements to attend TSE:

  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required and verified before you will be allowed to receive your registration credentials.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, you will be required to provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test result taken 48 hours prior to the date of when you pick up your meeting credentials at registration.
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination means that you are at least two weeks past the full primary two-injection course of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or a single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Consistent with CDC guidance, you are encouraged to receive a booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines once eligible.

What should I do before I arrive?
Prepare to show proof of vaccination record or negative test result. Below are some ways to easily show proof of vaccination.

  • Take a digital photograph of both sides of your personal vaccination record card and store it on your smartphone.
  • Use an app-based service such as Clear, etc.
  • Provide any city/state authorized/approved digital Vaccination verification
  • Show your Vaccination Card.

General Health & Wellness
Attendees will be expected to take reasonable actions to reduce the risk of COVID transmission and to behave responsibly (e.g., do not attend TSE, and immediately leave the conference, if you experience any symptoms of COVID or feel sick).


August 12-14, 2023

San Diego, CA

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