The Nationwide Marketing Group is set to welcome thousands of members, vendors, service providers, and staff to its twice-a-year PrimeTime event. The late summer show, set in New Orleans this year, opens with a theme of “Connect for Success.”
“PrimeTime is one of my favorite events because it brings our members, vendor partners and employees together for four action-packed days of networking and business development,” Tom Hickman, Nationwide’s president and chief member advocate, said in a statement ahead of the show. “From our Nationwide Learning Academy sessions and signature give-back effort to relationship building with fellow retailers and millions in cash-back reimbursed right on the show floor, this is the premier event for independent retailers looking to drive business success.”
Looking through the agenda for PrimeTime, Nationwide has packed the schedule for members, offering them plenty of opportunities to learn and network with their peers in the industry. The show floor at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will feature some 200 manufacturers and service providers that will take up nearly 225,000 square feet of exhibit space. Included in that are 20 new vendors from across the appliance, consumer electronics, bedding, furniture, outdoor, and member services categories.
One of the highlights that we’ll be looking out for at the show is our opportunity to get a first-hand look at the new Nationwide Connected Home division. While the group has placed a heavy focus on the connected home in recent years—including through the segment’s own dedicated pavilion—Nationwide has promised to up the ante with an entirely new connected home experience at PrimeTime.
Additional events and opportunities throughout the few days include CenterStage @ PrimeTime, which will feature Nationwide staff and members participating in spark sessions; 120-hours of educational programming; the premier of AT&T TV; and more. And, of course, there’s always the opportunity to give back at PrimeTime thanks to Nationwide’s growing partnership with No Child Hungry and the incredible work they do packing meals for those in need locally and abroad.
Nationwide PrimeTime runs August 17-20 in New Orleans.