Nationwide Introduces New Educational Platform and Reinvented PrimeTime! Live Sessions

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Winston-Salem, NC-- The new year will bring an increased focus on Nationwide Marketing Group’s industry-leading educational platforms that have been serving thousands of Appliance, Electronics, Furniture and Bedding Member Companies across North America.

Set to be unveiled at the group’s March PrimeTime! member conference is the new Nationwide Learning Academy, bringing all of the group’s educational initiatives under one identity. Nationwide's exclusive mobile optimized video Learning Center, its live seminars and workshops at PrimeTime!, its ANSWERS Member Summits from Nationwide PrimeMedia near Atlanta, and the various live sessions and seminars the group produces across the country each year are now aligned for increased effectiveness.

This move comes on the heels of a record breaking year in which Members earned certifications on more than 160,000 product, selling skills, management and technology video learning programs, making the Nationwide Online Learning Center the industry’s most utilized digital learning system.  Additionally, the group’s live training sessions at PrimeTime! shows last year in Dallas and Las Vegas topped 3,100 attendees.

“Education isn’t an event at Nationwide, it’s a comprehensive process.  This increase in alignment between our curricula of live sessions and our vast library of digital learning programs allows these resources to support one another more effectively. For more than fifteen years now, Nationwide has been the industry leader in employee development, technology training and best practices implementation.  Our philosophy is that in a competitive marketplace the best team will win, and our commitment is that Nationwide Members will have the best teams,” said Jeff Knock, CCO of Nationwide.

Mike Whitaker, who coordinates the group’s educational efforts, added, “We’ve spent the past few months gathering and analyzing direct feedback from hundreds of Members representing retail operations of all sizes and in all categories.  Based on our Members’ requests, and in concert with or existing portfolio of advanced digital assets, we are further aligning our content delivery so that one effort supports the other.  The Nationwide Learning Academy is built on a foundation of year-round learning with three primary goals:  to inform our Members of the latest products, trends, best practices and strategies for success; to inspire them to innovate and create world-class guest experiences; and to provide our opportunities to interact with one another, drawing on the successes and ideas of their colleagues.”

PrimeTime!, the largest trade show for Independent Appliance, Electronics, Bedding and Furniture Dealers, will see live sessions of the new Nationwide Learning Academy, covering topics ranging from Leadership, Marketing, Digital, to Merchandising replace PrimeTime! University at the March show in Orlando. For the unveiling, the group will offer the most comprehensive curriculum of course opportunities to date, with the addition of flexible scheduling and a full slate of sessions presented by industry leaders, content authorities, key vendors, internal professionals and more.

Registration for the March PrimeTime show is now open, as is registration for the Nationwide Learning Academy, by visiting www.nationwideprimetime.com.

About Nationwide Marketing Group

Nationwide Marketing Group works beside thousands of appliance, furniture, electronics, specialty electronics, custom installation and rent to own dealers helping them grow their businesses and their bottom lines. With over 3,800 members operating more than 11,000 store fronts and $15 billion in combined annual sales, Nationwide is North America’s largest buying and marketing organization. Industry veterans, heading Nationwide’s seven regional divisions, work to provide independent dealers with personalized service and local programming in every market they serve. More information is available at www.nationwidegroup.org.

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