Las Vegas - The Nationwide Marketing
Group kicked off its bi-annual PrimeTime buying show and conference here last
night at the MGM Grand under the theme "New Days, New Ways: Get Ready!"
Robert Weisner, executive VP of the
$12-billion buying organization, said the theme speaks to the dramatic changes in
consumer sensibility and the retail market in recent years. "It's a different
day and there are new ways to create business," he told attendees in his
opening remarks. "We're going to do business differently and better each year,"
he said, whether that means embracing new social media or entering new product
Weisner acknowledged that 2009 was a
tough year for everyone, but that independent dealers "still survived and
thrived because they possess persistence, dedication and desire" as a result of
having "built their businesses with their own hands."
Turnout for the event is the second-largest
in Nationwide history, Weisner said, with more than 3,300 registrants including
some 2,000 dealers representing 825 member companies, and 160 vendors who filled
200,000 square feet of exhibit space across two ballrooms.