NGA ENGAGE

This CPG Edition of our Engage event series is the premier trading partner event for the independent grocery industry.  Through NGA Engage, independent retailers and the wholesalers that service them can connect and collaborate with their key CPG suppliers.  This virtual experience will provide ample opportunities for trading partners to discuss new opportunities, check-in on current business, and share insights in an effort to deliver growth.  In addition to participating in trading partner sessions, participants will have access to educational content that will cover consumer insights and industry trends.

CPG Suppliers should contact Jonathan Downey to secure participation.


WHY ATTEND?


NGA Engage is the only trading partner event designed specifically for independent retailers.  By participating in collaborative sessions with your trading partners you will gain access to the information, insights, and opportunities that will allow you to compete, grow, and deliver a better experience to your customers.  With the event being a virtual experience, both sides can ensure the “right people” are in the room where C-suite leaders and merchandising, sales, and marketing teams will be able to engage in meaningful conversations with many of the leading CPG suppliers.


AGENDA

All times are listed in EST


MONDAY, MAY 17

 

10 AM  TRADING PARTNER MEETING 
11 AM  TRADING PARTNER MEETING 
12 PM DRIVING GROWTH: UNDERSTANDING "THE WHY BEHIND THE BUY"

There is a significant amount of attention focused on food and beverage shoppers inside of grocery stores, but research shows that shoppers make most of their purchasing decisions before they ever enter the store. Understanding these habits and practices and the needs that drive them is critical information for retailers and manufacturers seeking to create successful strategies to drive growth. Geared to food retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers, this session will explain and demonstrate the value of taking a holistic view of the grocery shopper by understanding behaviors like need states, health concerns, and meal dynamics that influence their purchasing decisions.

Speaker

David Portalatin
Senior Vice President, Industry Advisor The NPD Group

1 PM  CPG INSIGHTS SESSION: NESTLE PURINA PETCARE

Get the latest from the team at Nestle Purina petcare.

Session participation is limited to retailers and wholesalers. 

Speakers
Joe Toscano
Vice President/Director, Trade and Industry Development Nestle Purina Petcare

Mike Leone
Director of Business Development Nestle Purina Petcare 

2 PM  TRADING PARTNER MEETING
3 PM  TRADING PARTNER MEETING
4 PM TRADING PARTNER MEETING
5 PM TRADING PARTNER MEETING

TUESDAY, MAY 18

10 AM  TRADING PARTNER MEETING 
11 AM  TRADING PARTNER MEETING 
12 PM SHOPPER SOLUTIONS PLANNING: OVERCOME THE LIMITATIONS OF CATEGORY MANAGEMENT 

Shopper-Centric Retailing, an all-encompassing, transformative business model which focuses are functions within a retailer on increasing sales by exceeding shopper expectations. This means evolving beyond ingrained business policies and practices to an integrated top-down, cross-functional focus on the shopper, shopper solutions and enhancing the shopping experience. This new business model provides the support necessary in today’s shopper centric environment to deliver sustainable incremental gain.

Today, we will discuss Shopper Solutions Planning, a core component of Shopper-Centric Retailing. Shopper Solutions Planning is the next-generation planning process that translates insights into shopping solution enhancements at the category, aisle, department, and total store. It transforms category management’s vision from products and categories to solutions the shopper is seeking and enhances the shopping experience. This aligns with today’s shopper; traditional category definitions no longer dictate the shopping journey with shoppers wanting solutions tailored to their lifestyles. It is the combination of items, bought with a particular solution in mind, which often defines a successful shopping trip. In this session you will gain an understanding as to why it is important to evolve to this new process, information requirements, each step in the process and retailer/supplier collaborative planning requirements.

Retailer and supplier attendees will gain an understanding of the non-viability of Category Management in today’s hyper-evolving marketplace, learn how to evolve and implement the new Shopper

Speaker
Win Weber
Chief Executive Officer & Founder Industry Advisor, Winston Weber & Associates

1 PM CPG INSIGHTS SESSION: IDAHOAN FOODS 

Hear from Idahoan Foods as they share insights to help your buisness.

Session participation is limited to retailers and wholesalers. 

Speakers
Glen Walter
Vice President, Retail Sales Idahoan Foods

Ryan Ellis
Vice President, Marketing Idahoan Foods   

Jason Enger 
Director, Category Management Idahoan Foods  

2 PM  TRADING PARTNER MEETING
3 PM  TRADING PARTNER MEETING
4 PM TRADING PARTNER MEETING
5 PM TRADING PARTNER MEETING

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19

10 AM  TRADING PARTNER MEETING 
11 AM  TRADING PARTNER MEETING 
12 PM GROWTH THROUGH VOLUME & PRICING | IRI-BCG GROWTH LEADERS REPORT

Join thought leaders from IRI and the Boston Consulting Group for a deep dive into their annual Growth Leaders Report.  The recently released 2020 report shows how the CPG suppliers stacked up and the key CPG trends to watch in a post-pandemic environment. 

Looking ahead, learn how e-commerce penetration, bifurcation of CPG spend, and category demand shifts will be the trends to watch and how one-time COVID-19 impacts will cease. 

With the backdrop of BCG and IRI’s annual analysis of over 425 companies and COVID-19 consumer behavior studies, this session will take a look at the consumer trends and the CPG companies that are leading growth for the industry. 

Speakers 
Krishnakumar (KK) Davey, President, Strategic Analytics, IRI
Peri Edelstein, Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group
Aman Gupta, Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group
Cara Loeys, Principal, Growth Consulting, IRI

1 PM  EDUCATIONAL SESSION
2 PM  TRADING PARTNER MEETING
3 PM  TRADING PARTNER MEETING
4 PM TRADING PARTNER MEETING
5 PM TRADING PARTNER MEETING

PARTNERS


RETAILERS | WHOLESALERS 

NGA Foundation Supporter Affiliated Foods

           

        

 

        

          

                 

       

SUPPLIERS