About 400 exhibitors—representing everything from cutting-edge technologies to novelty gifts, heavy equipment and gourmet foods—occupied about 57,000 square feet of the San Diego Convention Center this week as the National Grocers Association (NGA) Show came to town.
What follows are some scenes from the show floor.
Who was the masked man? Nigel Febland, unmasked here, and president of The Febland Group Inc., represented a number of costume and Halloween manufacturers exhibiting on the floor. Febland said most of his group were first-time exhibitors at NGA looking to secure direct deals with retailers.
Paragon Solutions, a Fort Worth, Texas-based store design firm, is known for innovative designs and helping convenience stores advance foodservice initiatives, skills that are also relevant as grocery stores move to embrace convenience and meal solutions, Andrew Swedenborg of Paragon said.
Nick Nickitas of the e-commerce software company Rosie, which has partnered with numerous independent retailers. Nickitas said the company was focused on software enhancements providing analytics, including, for example, a timer that can record the speed at which click-and-collect orders are assembled.