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 categories.
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.