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NACS Convenience Summit – Asia

Date: March 20-24, 2017
Location: Sapporo and Tokyo, Japan ​

 

 About

 

INTRODUCING A POWERFUL NEW NACS EVENT TO THE ASIAN CONVENIENCE AND FUEL RETAILING MARKET

As part of a refined international event strategy, NACS introduces a new global event to the Asian market: Convenience Summit – Asia. Taking place in Sapporo and Tokyo, Japan, the event brings together the best of the NACS Global Forum and the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe, featuring thought leadership, store tours and opportunities to build strategic relationships in the Asian market.

What You’ll Experience
The 2017 NACS Convenience Summit – Asia will begin in Sapporo, the largest city on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. There, attendees will experience guided tours that give an inside look at how a leading Japanese convenience retailer – and NACS retail member since 1976 – Seicomart, successfully operates a vertically integrated organization from the farm to the stores. The tours will include a look at the firm's agricultural business, manufacturing, logistics and retail stores.

Following Sapporo, the program will move to Tokyo to explore the its bustling market with a robust agenda featuring inspiring speakers, more store tours and thought-provoking discussions on critical topics such as foodservice, payment technology, and much more.

Attendees will benefit from:

  • Powerful networking and collaboration with global retail leaders and C-Suite executives from Asia and around the world.
  • Thought-provoking education including presentations from inspiring speakers, roundtable conversations with industry leaders and engaging group discussions on vital industry topics.
  • Unique retail perspectives through case studies that give attendees an inside look at how some of the strongest retailers compete and succeed in the Japanese markets
  • Local store tours at diverse retail formats that allow retailers to see what’s working in different markets so they can apply new concepts to their stores at home.
 

 Agenda

 

The agenda below, including scheduled times and presentation topics, is subject to change.

Sapporo, Japan

Monday March 20
​5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

​General Session

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks (Henry Armour, President & CEO, NACS)
  • Attendee Introductions
  • Welcome from Secoma Company President (Tomoyasu Marutani)
  • Welcome to Sapporo (Katsuhiro Akimoto, Sapporo Mayor)
  • Global Issue Life Cycles: Where Are We In Asia? (Henry Armour, President & CEO, NACS)
​7:00 pm - 8:00 pm NACS Convenience Summit Asia Welcome Reception
Open Evening for Conference Attendees
Tuesday March 21​ ​
​9:00 am - 10:45 am

​General Session

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks (Henry Armour, President & CEO, NACS)
  • Welcome by Local Host  (Tomoyasu Marutani, President, Secoma Company)
  • Retailer Case Study - Seicomart General History & Overview (Tomoyasu Marutani, President)
  • Deployments of Effective Supply Chains (Yukihiko Uehara, Professor, Showa Women's University Institute of Current Business Studies)
  • Supply Chain Tour Briefing (Dae Kim, Vice President, Research, NACS)
​11:00 am - 5:00 pm Store Tours: Supply Chain Seicomart
​7:00 pm - 10:00 pm ​​NACS Convenience Summit Asia Reception and Dinner (Sponsored by Shell)
Wednesday March 22
​9:00 am - 9:45 am

​General Session

  • Welcome by NACS Board Member (Victor Paterno, President & Chief Executive Officer Philippine Seven Corp.)
  • Debriefing from Tuesday's Store Tours (Dae Kim, Vice President, Research, NACS)
  • Briefing for Wednesday's Store Tours (Craig Panter, Chief Innovation Officer, Invenco Group and Dae Kim, Vice President, Research, NACS)
​9:45 am - 12:00 pm Store Tours: Sapporo
​12:30 pm Departures for Tokyo (ANA 4726 and JAL 514 both depart CTS 3:00pm and arrive HND 4:40pm) 

Tokyo, Japan

Wednesday March 22
​6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

​NACS Convenience Summit Asia Registration and Hospitality Suite
Open Evening for Conference Attendees

Thursday March 23​
​9:00 am - 12:25 pm

​General Session

  • Welcome by NACS International Retail Member (Darren Park, CEO, United Convenience Buyers)
  • Economic & Political Overview of Japan & Asia (Takuji Okubo, Managing Director and Chief Economist, Japan Macro Advisors)
  • Moderated Discussion (Henry Armour, President & CEO, NACS)
  • Asian Convenience Industry Leader of the Year Award Presentation (Sponsored by PepsiCo) (Henry Armour, President & CEO, NACS)
  • Japanese Consumer Insights (Molly Wilmot, Director of New Business, UK & International, him!)
12:25 pm -  1:10 pm Networking Lunch
1:10 pm - 5:55 pm

​​General Session  

  • Gamification (Michael Fillie, Principal Consultant, Press Start Pte Ltd)
  • O2O (Online To Offline) Asian Style (Saurabh Swarup, General Manager Asia-Pacific, Liquid Barcodes AS)
  • Regulatory Panel: Cigarettes, Candy, and Beverages (MARS, British American Tobacco, and Coca-Cola)
  • Moderated Discussion (Henry Armour, President & CEO, NACS)
  • New and Emerging Methods of Payment (Richard Char, Sr. Vice President, Business Development, Verifone)
  • Moderated Discussion (Craig Panter, Chief Innovation Officer, Invenco Group)
  • The Vehicle of the Future: Autonomous Cars Utopia or Reality? (John Gartner, Senior Research Director, Navigant)
  • Summing Up What Have We Learned? What Have We Seen? (Henry Armour, President & CEO, NACS)
​7:00 pm - 10:00 pm NACS Convenience Summit Asia Closing Reception and Dinner (Sponsored by Gilbarco)
Friday March 24
​9:00 am - 10:05 am

​General Session

  • Welcome by FamilyMart (Junichi Yamashita, Senior Executive Officer, FamilyMart Co. Ltd)
  • Special Guest: FamilyMart Retailer Case Study (Junichi Yamashita, Senior Executive Officer, FamilyMart Co. Ltd)
  • Briefing for Today's Store Tours (Dae Kim, Vice President, Research, NACS)
10:15 am - 4:00 pm Store Tours: Tokyo (Lunch in the Stores) (Sponsored by Coca-Cola)
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Store Tour Debrief (Dae Kim, Vice President, Research, NACS)
​6:30 pm - 10:00 pm  International Committee Dinner (committee members only)
Saturday March 25​ ​
​8:00 am - 12:00 pm International Committee Meeting (committee members only)
 

 REGISTRATION

 

Registration is Now Closed.

Pricing for the Full Package
While city-specific packages are available, it is recommended to purchase the full package for both Sapporo and Tokyo to receive optimal attendee value.
                                         Regular Rate
Retailer Member                   $2,695
Retailer Nonmember             $2,995
Supplier                                 $2,995

*More price options available in the registration form.

Contact
For any questions, or help with registration, please contact:
Regina Sheehan
Director, Convention Operations
rsheehan@nacsonline.com
(703) 518 - 4245

 

 HOTEL/TRAVEL

 

Hotel rates are guaranteed through February 20, 2017.  After this date, rooms are subject to availability and the hotel’s prevailing rate.

​The NACS Convenience Summit – Asia will take place in Sapporo and Tokyo at the following hotels:

Sapporo, Hokkaido March 20-22
Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo

Single Room (Single Bed): 16,750 JPY per night (includes tax, service fees and complimentary buffet breakfast)
Double Room - Double Occupancy: 18,750 JPY per night (includes tax, service fees and complimentary buffet breakfast)

Tokyo March 22-25
Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Grand Room – Single Occupancy: 44,000 JPY per night (rates do not include taxes, service charge or breakfast)
Grand Room – Double Occupancy: 49,000 JPY per night (rates do not include taxes, service charge or breakfast)

*Visit www.xe.com for the latest exchange rate information.

Hotel accommodations will be made through NACS during the registration process.

Know Before You Go
For practical information and travel tips when visiting Japan, check out the following sites.

Japan National Tourism Organization

Lonely Planet

Sapporo

Chidorigafuchi Park, Tokyo

Zojoji Temple, Tokyo

 
 

 Store Tours

 

​Explore a Thriving Market and Uncover New Ideas with Local Store Tours
At the Convenience Summit – Asia, ideas come to life through local store tours at diverse retail formats. Participants will learn what’s working in different markets and are able to apply new concepts to their stores at home.

Get an Inside Look at a Vertically Integrated C-store Company in Sapporo
In Sapporro, you’ll experience guided tours that give an inside look at how a leading Japanese convenience retailer – and NACS retail member since 1976 – Seicomart, successfully operates a vertically integrated organization from the farm to the stores. The tours will include a look at their agricultural business, manufacturing, logistics, retail stores and even their rice cake factory. Below are photos of the site tours that you’ll experience in Sapporo.

"The Japanese market offered a unique benchmarking perspective on small convenience formats - merchandising, lighting, packaging, pristine store conditions, leveraging supply chain. There was a growing focus on freshness throughout the food culture in Japan.”

 

- Mike Sherlock, Vice President, Fresh Food & Beverage, Wawa, Inc.

 
 
Rice cake factory
 
Central kitchen
 
 
Distribution center
 
Distribution center
 
 
Seciomart retail store
 
Seciomart retail store
 

See the convenience industry in one of the most populous areas in the world – Tokyo
In Tokyo, we’ll visit unique c-store formats and diverse retailers, including Lawson, Family Mart, 7-Eleven, Daily Yamazaki, Famima and others.