CHICAGO—For 60 years, NACS has been the premiere association for convenience and fuel retailers.

Lisa Dell’Alba, chair of the NACS Member Services Committee, said the association helps convenience and fuel retailers from around the world stay competitive today while preparing for tomorrow.

“You can count on NACS to help you navigate disruption and future-proof your business with access to new tools, products and resources, exclusive in-person and virtual events, and opportunities to make lasting connections,” she said.

One of the biggest benefits NACS provides for its members is leading the way as a champion for the industry in terms of advocacy by addressing regulatory and legislative issues in the industry before they become issues for the industry.

“We always want what is best for the industry,” Dell’Alba said. “We believe the industry adds tremendous value to people’s lives and the community, and with the never-ending pressures on people’s time, our industry can do even more to make life better for customers. We are relentless in our advocacy and are always proactive. We don’t wait for problems to land; we get ahead of them and address them in a way that is in the best interests of our membership.”

Benefits of NACS membership include access to innovative, smart, experienced convenience retailers and suppliers who are willing to share their insights for the sustainability of the convenience industry. It also includes trade association mainstays such as government relations, education and training, networking and events, data and insights and information sharing.

But NACS membership goes beyond those traditional offerings, Dell’Alba said, with special products from the NACS Foundation and industry initiatives including: 

  • Select industry-wide investments overseen by an executive committee made up of industry leaders focused on accelerating members’ business success
  • Corporate social responsibility helping to propel brighter futures by amplifying the reach, resonance and impact of the charitable efforts of NACS retailer and supplier members through
  • A full suite of research products, including the NACS State of the Industry Report, Convenience Voices and CSX—a subscription-based database that serves as the engine behind the SOI report

This year, NACS celebrated its 60th anniversary with a feature in the August issue of NACS magazine highlighting some of the association’s history-making efforts for the convenience industry in the past six decades. Look for it online at

NACS and Conexxus also launched TruAge™, a new digital ID solution that helps take the guesswork out of age verification by using smartphone technology at every point of sale including in-store purchases, online orders, curbside pickups and home deliveries. Learn more at

Dell’Alba said owners and functional area leaders within a convenience store company stand to gain the most from a NACS membership.

“It can help them with understanding issues that impact their business, best practices and research that helps them compete in a competitive and changing marketplace,” she said.

“Membership also helps build relationships and a network of peers that are willing to share to advance the industry.”

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