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2021 RMSBA Annual Meeting Agenda

October 12 - 14, 2021 • Embassy Suites Loveland Hotel and Conference Center • Loveland, Colorado

Tuesday, October 12

TimeSession TitleLocation
3 pm - 6 pmRegistration - Loveland Conference CenterPre-Front Hallway
12:30 pmGolfLocation TBA
5:30 pm - 6:30 pmOpening Night ReceptionLobby
6:30 pm - 8:00 pmOpening Night DinnerLobby
8:00 pm - 10:00 pmCasino NightTBA

Wednesday, October 13

TimeSession TitleLocation
8:00 am - 4:00 pmRegistration Desk OpenPre-Front Hallway
8:30 am - 11:30 amVendor Trade Show Set-upTBA
8:00 am - 8:50 amRMSBA Business MeetingTBA
9:00 am - 10:30 amKeynote Speaker: David Avrin: Why Customers Leave (and How to Win Them Back)TBA
10:30 am - 10:45 amBreakTBA
10:45 am - 12:15 pmVendor Product PresentationsTBA
12:15 pm - 1:30 pmVendor Appreciation LuncheonTBA
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm Trade ShowPinyon Pine
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmBreak Snacks Available in Trade ShowPinyon Pine
5:30 pm - 6:00 pmTrade Show Breakdown
6:00 pm - 7:00 pmPresident's Reception
7:00 pm - 8:30 pmRMSBA Annual Banquet
9:00 pm - ?Bowling, Laser Tag and Arcade Games at The Summit The Summit

4455 Fairgrounds Ave.

Windsor, CO 80550

Thursday, October 14

TimeSession TitleLocation
7:30 am - 10:00 amRegistration Desk OpenPre-Front Hallway
8:00 am - 9:00 amConcurrent Educational Sessions
Course MaterialsAaron Johnson - VindyTBA
General Merchandise

The Art & Science of Buying NACS

The roles and responsibilities of a buyer are many and diverse, and one thing is clear: in the fast-changing retail world, buyers must stay alert, flexible, and responsive to market changes that can impact their sales, service, and product selection. Learn best practices from peer stores and see how art and science play a role in the buying process. Whether you're new to the role or a seasoned buyer, you can gain insights and tips to improve.

9:00 am - 9:15 amBreakTBA
9:15 am - 10:15 am

General Session - Building Healthy Supplier Partnerships- ICBA

Finding common ground between retailers and suppliers to mutually build sales and profits is more important than ever, so find out why sharing data, developing closer collaborations, and mutual problem-solving is essential to success for all parties (including consumers!).

Developing a strategy for managing supplier partnerships is critical to your success. How do you choose primary, secondary, and specialty suppliers in a given category? How do you say “no” without burning bridges? When does it make sense to use distributors vs. buying directly from a manufacturer? How do you develop true partnerships, where both parties can trust one another and succeed?

10:15 am - 10:30 amBreakTBA
10:30 am - 11:30 amConcurrent Educational Sessions
Course MaterialsVitalsource - TBATBA
General Merchandise

Retail Calculations Workshop - NACS

An understanding of retail math is crucial to campus stores. In this workshop, we'll take an in-depth look at calculations used in purchasing, daily analysis and running a retail business. Not a numbers person? That's okay! Extra time and attention will allow for all experience levels, and a take-home resource will be provided.

11:45 am - 1 pmAuthor LuncheonTBA
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

General Session - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice - Emily Ambrose and Kyle Oldham

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Concurrent Educational Sessions - Roundtables

  • Course Materials

  • General Merchandise

  • Directors

4:00 pm - 5:15 pmBreak
4:15 pm - 5 pmTBATBA
5:05 pmRMSBA Business Meeting (If Needed)TBA
6:00 pmFarewell DinnerTBA

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