Pre-NACS Show Store Visits

Chicago plays host to the 2017 NACS Show this October 17-20. Insight Research, NACS Partner for Europe, will be hosting store visits in Philadelphia ahead of the Show.

Featured Retailers

Our 2017 retail study events for international retailers and suppliers will offer a unique and interesting insight into the format development and evolution of three of the leading convenience retailers operating in the US market – Rutter’s, Sheetz and Wawa. Hear from these leading retailers on their latest format and offer development on special hosted visits to their latest and fast evolving convenience stores. Check out the latest innovations on a foodvenience safari in downtown Philadelphia and network with our senior industry group. And benefit from Insight’s strategic briefing on the latest global developments in our industry and how what’s happening in Pennsylvania fits into this story. 

Dates & Times

Our 2017 Philadelphia store visits for international retailers and suppliers fit perfectly into an itinerary for attendees going on to attend the 2017 NACSShow in Chicago which runs from 17-20th October. NACS Schedule of Events

Event details

Sunday 15th October: attendees arrive into Philadelphia International airport, take a taxi to our designated first choice hotel, the excellent Kimpton Hotel Monaco, 433 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Welcome Drinks and catching up with old friends in the hotel bar from 7.00pm 

Monday 16th October: an early start with a briefing session as we go to spend the day with our good friends at Rutter’s, Sheetz and Wawa’s and see their latest convenience store designs and innovations. 

Pennsylvania is undoubtably one of the most innovative and competitive convenience store markets in the World and as we were planning this over the Autumn we were hugely impressed with the latest innovations in the market. These dynamic retailers are rapidly evolving their foodvenience proposition, extending food choices into healthier options, driving mobile ordering and delivery (particularly in their new urban C-stores) and, thanks to a change in regulation for alcohol sales in the State, introducing some excellent Beer Cave designs, better than any we’ve seen globally.  

That evening we’ll all enjoy an excellent dinner together in Downtown Philadelphia, discuss the day and think about all the ideas we’ve picked up. 

Tuesday 17th October: another early start, a global best practice presentation and a briefing at the hotel before we depart for downtown Philadelphia. Our safari will feature a hosted visit in one of Wawa’s new urban stores, perhaps the best we’ve seen anywhere in the world this year with its upmarket, classy new look. We’ll also see Sweetgreen, SNAP Kitchen, Hip City Vege, Walgreen’s, Bluestone Lane Coffee, Burger FI and Bryn & Dane’s Healthy Fast Food.   

Returning to the hotel for a 1pm checkout we’ll then offer transportation back to the airport and for those travelling with us to the NACS Show, the retail adventure continues!  

Prices and Registration

Places are limited, please contact us if you would like to reserve a place for you and your team.

If you are interested in attending our Retail Study Tours and would like more information please contact:

Lorraine Evans at Insight – contact
Tel: +44 (0)1938 556090

Please note:
Registration for the Insight store visits pre-NACSShow is separate from the registration for the NACS Show itself.



The NACS Show 2017

The NACS Show attracts a global audience from over 60 countries to their annual trade exhibition. It is a global meeting place for the global convenience industry with over 20,000 delegates attending.

Featuring international speakers, over 50 workshop sessions, retail store visits and a huge EXPO.


“I just wanted to tell you about the great success of the (2016) Atlanta store visits event. Everyone enjoyed the whole programme very much and for them it was the high note of the NACSShow week”. German Balestrieri, YPF, Argentina 

“Excellent, very good seeing behind the scenes at the stores and also how the offer differs and what ideas can be brought to my own business.” Scott Murray, Lagardere Travel, Retail Pacific 

“Good trip found it very useful lots thought provoking ideas, very impressed by Rutters” Geoff Hallam, Managing Director, Blakemore Retail, UK 

“Overall a very relevant and informative experience, plenty of interaction with US retail operators, and excellent networking opportunities” Des Duffy, Group Retail Manager, Maxol Limited, Ireland 

“Great trip. Well organised, great team of delegates participating” Mats Danielsen, CEO, Liquid Barcodes, Norway

“Really good week overall. Good mix of people attending and the retailers were very interesting” Alex Conrad, Global Store Formats & Merchandising Manager, Shell International Petroleum Company, UK 

“It was extremely useful to have the presentations from the managers of the 3 companies. I came back with lots of learnings to apply in my company. Starting from the foodservice operations to the technology that these people have developed to improve their businesses” Arturo Viloria, Fast Food Innovation Executive, OXXO, Mexico

“I thought it was an excellent trip, well run, good debate and open access to senior personnel in each company…. an excellent study tour and very enjoyable” Brian Donaldson, Chief Operating Officer, The Maxol Group, Ireland

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