Nationwide, Mega, BrandSource Ready For Annual Events

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NEW YORK – If it’s August, it must be buying group meeting season, and this year will not disappoint with, in chronological order, Nationwide Marketing Group, BrandSource and Mega Group USA holding their conferences and buying fairs during the month.

Nationwide and Mega Group will convene in Nashville, Tenn., while BrandSource will hold court in Las Vegas.

Nationwide’s PrimeTime will be held at Nashville’s Gaylord Opry Resort & Convention Center Aug. 10-13, while Mega Group will be at the Music City Center Aug. 22-25 — a 2 million-square-foot state-of-the-art convention center, and the brand new Omni Center hotel.

Meanwhile BrandSource will hold its mid-summer convention Aug. 24-27 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Nationwide will have its trade show floor, but PrimeTime is packed with divisional meetings and educational classes.

For instance, the Specialty Electronics Nationwide member meeting, hosted by Nationwide’s Tom Hickman on Aug. 11 at 10 a.m., teaches more about the specialty electronics manufacturing community and the services the group provides.

Nationwide Furniture’s Bill Bazemore will host a meeting Sunday, Aug. 10, at 8:30 a.m. with a featured speaker and vendor panel discussions. At 5 p.m., Bazemore will host the “Millions in Minutes Auction and Reception,” a pre-show furniture sales event.

PrimeTime University will be held on Monday, Aug. 11, and Tuesday, Aug. 12, with specially designed education courses for retail members to “learn how to develop a go-to market plan for your business [and] your marketplace,” Nationwide said.

Mega Group USA said it plans to address the millennial generation in retail, with seminars, panels and workshops on marketing and selling to the demographic. It will also demonstrate new developments to the Mega Digital Studio in-store digital display program, including new digital assets from vendors, and new group-specific content for services like financing and product protection.

“With Digital Studio, retailers can leverage their sales team and address ‘showrooming’ with highquality content to engage customers directly in their store with digital sign or tablet based options,” said Mega.

Other topics addressed at the convention include product and business education, advertising, marketing, sales and service.

“Mattress University” will feature three sessions that cover sales training, digital marketing, retail operations and best practices as they relate specifically to the mattress business.

Buy-ins and pricing specials will be available for members in attendance.

BrandSource has added a health and wellness component to its convention. The convention will kick off Aug. 24 at Caesars Palace, with a keynote by football great Joe Theismann, followed by three days of educational presentations and workshops.

BrandSource will provide members with free health screenings by Health Designs, a provider of workplace well-ness programs, during its convention. Members can schedule an on-site screening by visiting BrandSourceConvention. com and clicking on the Health Designs reservation link.

The health theme will continue with a seminar that explores the five most common chronic diseases in the U.S. and the impact they have on business leaders, their teams and their families, while providing tips on how to proactively improve one’s health by taking preventive steps and working toward living a better life.

Other show highlights include a Women In Business breakfast slated for Aug. 27 featuring Wendy Brown, web and social-media manager at GE Appliances, and Judith David, account executive for business and industrial markets at Google. For more information, contact Judy Lawrence at judy-lawrence@sbcglobal.net.

The BrandSource show will also feature its popular 90-minute “Stampede” buy session for limited, one-time-only product deals, and attendees will be entertained by multi-platinum country music quartet Lonestar, appearing with original lead singer Richie McDonald.

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