NACS Cancels 2020 Expo, Virtual Event Is Planned

Alexandria, VA — The 2020 NACS Show, schedule for October 11 to 14, in Las Vegas, has been canceled, according to the show organizers, stating that as part of daily communications with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), it was informed the event could not be held because of “the ongoing pandemic.”

“It is with heavy heart that we make this announcement,” says NACS President and CEO Henry Armour. “We had worked closely with the health department with jurisdiction, the LVCVA, our official partners, vendors and other stakeholders to develop a world-class ‘city within a city’ that prioritized safety for our attendees and staff. At the same time, there are issues beyond our control that led to this decision.

“We know that this decision is disappointing to our entire community of retailer and supplier attendees, as well as our NACS Show supporting partner organizations PEI, PMAA and Conexxus,” Armour adds. He states NACS will communicate directly to registered attendees and exhibitors no later than August 7 to facilitate refunds. 

At the same time, the association announced a virtual platform originally intended to debut in 2021, will be unveiled this fall. “We have fast-tracked implementation of this comprehensive series of virtual offerings to support our industry’s pressing need to stay connected and to bring our community together until we are able to resume in-person events,” Armour says. 

The virtual experience will take the three most important elements of the in-person event — education, access to new products and retailer/supplier connections — and incorporate them into tools for users to engage and improve their businesses, the association states. 

“The NACS Show is where we come together to share ideas, make each other better and plan for the coming year. We know that we can’t simply transfer the live, in-person experience of the NACS Show to a virtual offer. Instead, we are replicating the elements that can deliver the most value in a digital environment,” he says.

“More than anything this year, our industry demonstrated that it is an essential business for what we sell and how we serve our communities. We’ve been inspired by positive stories about how our industry has innovated to adapt to quickly changing times. We look forward to continuing this momentum with our virtual experience so we can do even more together, sharing ideas and finding new solutions to our current environment that requires constant new pivots,” says Armour.