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by National Grocers Association
Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 3:42PM EDT

SAN DIEGO, CA -- The NGA Show and the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART) are partnering to make San Diego the epicenter of retail innovation on opening day of the 2019 NGA Show. In a special three-and-a-half-hour event leading up to the opening keynote session of The NGA Show, CART will give mid-market regional retailers and progressive independent operators a framework for navigating fast-paced innovation while retaining a focus on the importance of people and physical stores as we move into the future.

CART will introduce iRetail, a new worldview for retail executives, one that brings order to the overwhelming chaos caused by disruptive tech-driven capabilities, new competition, and changing consumers. The event will feature acclaimed speakers, industry thought leaders and retail executives sharing experiences and best practices, a framework for evaluating existing capabilities and incorporating new technologies, a discussion on developing an innovation culture, and a showcase and demonstrations of the latest technologies transforming retail.

"We are excited to partner with CART in expanding the educational offerings at The NGA Show through this special event that is focused on providing valuable content and learning for regional retailers, independent operators, and other thought leaders in the independent supermarket industry," said Peter Larkin, president and CEO of National Grocers Association. "Despite increased competition from all angles, it is an exciting time for the supermarket industry, and we at NGA are bullish about what the future holds for the independent grocers."

The CART team brings a unique skill set to helping retailers navigate the tsunami of innovation buffeting the industry. Decades of retail experience, extensive work with notable retailers around the world, and an unparalleled view to innovation flowing into the industry will combine to create a thought-provoking afternoon. Gary Hawkins, Founder & CEO of CART, states "Retailers can join us in stepping into the innovation gap, gaining a view to new technologies and, importantly, anchor their business in a powerful new worldview amidst the ever-growing tsunami of innovation."

Retail executives interested in attending the CART Event at the upcoming NGA Show can register at The NGA Show 2019.

About The NGA Show:  The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather for over 30 years, connecting supermarket retailers and wholesalers, food manufacturers and service providers from around the world to share innovative solutions and best practices that support and strengthen the independent supermarket channel. The NGA Show is produced and managed by Clarion UX as part of the Food & Beverage Portfolio in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit  Early bird registration rates are in effect through December 10, 2018. 

About NGA: The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for close to one percent of the nation's overall economy and is responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages, and $27 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers' associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers.  For more information about NGA, visit

About CART: CART is Advancing Retail by connecting the industry to innovation. Retailers, wholesalers and brands utilize CART to find, research and connect with solutions appropriate for their businesses. Solution providers use CART as a go-to-market tool that connects them directly to their target retail audience, all the way into the brick and mortar store itself. CART has unparalleled insight into what's next in retail and shares this information regularly through multiple channels. 

Source: National Grocers Association

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