NGAF TA Center at the NGA Show: An Opportunity to Connect and Learn

June 15, 2021

By Pat Jones, Project Assistant

One of the most difficult aspects of implementing a SNAP produce incentive program in a grocery store is establishing the necessary connections between three separate entities: grantees, retailers and technology solution providers.

Simply put, grantees have the funding, retailers have the stores and the customers, and the technology companies have solutions for the programs to operate at the POS level. These entities must effectively communicate and partner together, otherwise no incentive program will get off the ground.

The NGA Show in Las Vegas (Sept. 19-21) offers a unique opportunity in the nutrition incentive world for these three groups to meet and establish connections. The National Grocers Association Foundation Technical Assistance Center (NGAF TA Center) will feature a booth during the show to answer questions, provide useful resources and facilitate new partnerships that will help get more fruits and vegetables into the hands of those in need.

In addition to serving as a connection point during the show, the NGAF TA Center Incentive Solutions Demo Booth will be providing retailers and grantees the opportunity to view PowerPoint, video or working POS terminal demonstrations of known solutions being used in stores. Many retailers and grantees struggle to find ways to make SNAP produce incentive programs work at the POS level, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about multiple solutions all in one location.

Whether you are a retailer, grantee or technology company, please consider joining us at the show and experience the benefits detailed below.

Opportunities for Retailers, Grantees, POS & Solution Vendors

Retailers:

  • Discuss options for conducting incentive transactions on your type of POS system.
  • Learn about and “see” SNAP produce incentive capabilities for various POS systems.
  • Learn about SNAP produce incentives – from programmatic, funding, operational and technology aspects.
  • Understand how SNAP incentives offer the ability to increase produce department and overall store sales.
  • See how SNAP fresh produce incentive transactions are being successfully accomplished in stores.
  • Meet and talk to retailers who have implemented SNAP produce incentive programs.
  • Speak with organizations providing retailer funding for SNAP produce incentive programs and who are seeking retailer partners.
  • Connect with SNAP produce incentive solution providers with presence on NGA Show floor.
  • Learn about NGAF TA Center work to standardize SNAP produce incentive transaction processing functionality leading to new solutions.
  • Connect and talk with NGAF TA Center staff regarding assistance for any SNAP produce incentives issues.

Grantees:

  • Contact us about special registration pricing for grantee organizations.
  • Connect with retailers interested in SNAP produce incentive partnerships.
  • See how SNAP fresh produce incentive transactions are being successfully accomplished in stores.
  • Connect with SNAP produce incentive solution providers with presence on the NGA Show floor.
  • Learn about and discuss options for conducting incentive transactions on older POS systems.
  • Learn about emerging SNAP produce incentive transaction processing solutions.
  • Learn the status of the SNAP produce incentives workgroup project to define/standardize functionality for creation of new incentive transaction solutions.
  • Understand more about the independent grocery channel.
  • Visit with POS vendors.
  • Talk with NGAF TA Center staff regarding assistance for your GusNIP project implementation.

POS & Solution Vendors:

  • Expose your SNAP produce incentive solution to your retailers and strengthen your relationship.
  • Engage with retailers interested in and already educated about SNAP produce incentives.
  • Engage in conversations with SNAP produce incentive funding organizations about how your solution matches their program needs.
  • Partner with funding agencies to identify your retailer customers using your POS system.

The NGAF TA Center is also inviting technology companies with successful incentive solutions to be a part of our Incentive Solutions Demo Booth. If you have a solution that does not require cashier intervention, fulfills reporting requirements and is currently successfully operating in at least one grocery store, please check out our Incentive Solution Demo Booth flier and reserve your spot HERE.

To learn more about nutrition incentives and how you can bring them to your customers, visit the NGAF TA Center website and/or email the TA Center team at incentives@nationalgrocers.org.

*The NGAF TA Center addresses the challenges grocers and supermarket operators face in establishing nutrition incentive programs and is a proud partner of the Nutrition Incentive Hub. The Nutrition Incentive Hub, funded through a cooperative agreement from the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, is a new resource that provides training, technical assistance, reporting, and evaluation for those working to launch or expand SNAP incentives or produce prescription programs. The Nutrition Incentive Hub is led by Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition in partnership with Fair Food Network along with a coalition of evaluators, researchers, practitioners, and grocery and farmers market experts from across the country dedicated to strengthening and uniting the best thinking in the field to increase access to affordable, healthy food to those who need it most.