The National Association of Chain Drug Stores plans to combine three major industry meetings into one, beginning in 2013.


Two years from now, the NACDS Marketplace Conference, a large product showcase that includes beauty, the NACDS Pharmacy & Technology Conference and the NACDS Supply Chain & Logistics Conference will take place in unison under the event title, NACDS Total Store Expo. The meeting is slated to be held in Las Vegas, from Aug. 10 to Aug. 13, 2013 — the year of NACDS’ 80th anniversary.


For the remainder of 2011 and throughout 2012, all three meetings will continue to take place separately as planned.


Two additional business meetings, namely the NACDS Annual Meeting and the NACDS Regional Chain Conference, will continue to stand alone.


NACDS said the Total Store Expo concept was born out of input from members. The NACDS plans board will meet during the Total Store Expo conference. The changes were announced during this year’s NACDS Annual Meeting, which is being held in Scottsdale, Ariz., from April 30 to May 3.

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