NACS is focused on bringing the convenience retail industry safely back together, in-person, in 2021. Our top priority remains the health and safety of all those on-site at the event. In addition to following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and all federal, state and local mandates, the NACS team is actively working with McCormick Place and our vendor partners to develop protocols that will provide a safe environment for a successful event this October. Learn more about health and safety policies, guidelines and procedures onsite.
NACS Hunter Club and PEI Priority Club members support the convenience and fuel retailing industry at a significantly higher level. One of their membership benefits is priority booth selection. Advance space selection begins for NACS and PEI members in March 2021 based on priority points earned since 2004. Advanced selection is followed by open sales to non-members and any other interested parties in June 2021.
Review the online floor plan for available booth options and submit an online application. NACS account managers will assign booths based on priority point seniority and availability. All applicants must submit their booth reservation details through the web form. You can create your login profile and submit your online exhibit application at nacsshow.com/ExhibitApp. Online application access is restricted to NACS and PEI members only from January to May 2021.
Need help to create a login? Download the step-by-step Help Guide at convenience.org/loginhelp.
NACS will once again have a New Exhibitor Area in the exhibit hall. This is a high-traffic area and a great way for new exhibitors to become familiar with the NACS Show. Space in the New Exhibitor Area is limited to 100 square feet ($3,650) and is based on availability, membership status and company eligibility. Go to nacsshow.com/newexhibitor for more information.
Booth space cannot be held. All booth reservations are subject to space availability at the time the application and payment agreement are received.
Online floor plan for available booths and sizes is available at nacsshow.com/floorplan. The floor plan and booth availability changes often, and new plans are uploaded 2-3 times daily. Booth locations cannot be held. Please make sure to include multiple booth locations in your online application request. If requested options are not available, your NACS account manager will contact you with suggested locations.
Based on historical attendance flow patterns at NACS Show events in Chicago, a floor plan has been created that illustrates the predicted flow throughout the exhibit halls. These predictions are not a guarantee of traffic, but a guide to aid in booth layout and design. A PDF diagram of the floor plan is available at nacsshow.com/expotrafficflow.
Booth applications received from NACS and PEI members during the advance selection process will be assigned based on priority points earned since 2004. In June 2021, open selection begins, and spaces are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, based on availability. Visit nacsshow.com/prioritypoints for more detailed information.
The following items are included in the cost of a booth:
Note: Booth floor covering is mandatory and must be provided by the exhibitor. (Not included in the booth fee.)
At least 50% of the booth payment is required as a deposit to reserve a booth if applying prior to June 30, 2021. After June 30, 2021, full payment must accompany the contract to reserve NACS Show exhibit space.
The expo is divided into five major primary product areas (Facility Development and Store Operations; Foodservice Equipment and Foodservice Programs; Merchandise, Candy and Snacks; Fuel Equipment and Services; Technology) to help buyers navigate the show floor more efficiently. These areas will be color-coded in both printed materials and signage onsite. The New Exhibitor Area is also subdivided into primary product areas. More details on the floor plan layout can be found at nacsshow.com/floorplan.
Smoking of tobacco products and vaping (usage of electronic cigarettes or personal vaporizers) will not be permitted in the NACS Show exhibit hall. Designated outdoor smoking areas will be available to sample products.
Any change to the contracted booth size or cancellation of space must be submitted in writing to NACS. Financial penalties will be assessed based on the cancellation date as state in Section 6 of the NACS Show Exhibit Space Terms & Conditions. Download at nacsshow.com/exhibitterms.
The exhibitor service kit will be available in July 2021 to begin placing show orders.
Yes, NACS has negotiated lower hotel rates for our attendees at various hotels throughout the Chicago area. Our NACS Official Vendor is Connections Housing. Housing information will be available in May.