BOSTON, April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A record number of attendees participated in the recent 2012 TopSource Summit, the largest not-for-resale event in the retail and grocery industry. TopSource LLC, a leading sourcing company for retailers and wholesalers, hosted the multi-day conference which included business meetings, industry seminars, networking opportunities, and tradeshow. More than 700 people attended the third biennial event in Las Vegas, including more than 200 procurement professionals from forty-three grocery, retail and wholesale companies plus 150 suppliers representing multiple business areas.
Survey feedback gave the event high marks as attendees noted strong networking opportunities, effective roundtable discussions, quality face-to-face meetings, and good trade show layout. John Laing, Compliance Manager & Purchasing Agent of Hy-Vee, Inc., a large supermarket chain based out of West Des Moines, Iowa, had positive comments regarding the 2012 event. Laing stated, "I really enjoy the interaction with my peers and the TopSource team to share information. I like being able to walk the floor, and talk to possible suppliers. I've made some new contacts and look forward to working with TopSource even more than we do now."
In-depth category seminars were held in construction, energy management & sustainability, store equipment, fuel, financial services, HR benefits, IT/Telecommunication, logistics & distribution, packaging, store operations, marketing and advertising. The agenda also included a presentation and live demonstration of the on-line e-Auction tool offered by TopSource.
A key component of the TopSource Summit is the pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings held between TopSource customers and suppliers. Year over year, these private meetings have been well received. According to Ralph Modena, Senior Vice President Employee Benefits of Wells Fargo Insurance Services (WFIS), and repeat TopSource supplier attendee, "Of all the trade shows out there, this is of the best value. We get to meet with who we want to meet with, the right people, the right decision makers, and so we come." TopSource continues to fine-tune each event based on the feedback received from their customers and suppliers. Planning for the 2014 Summit is underway. For more information, please contact Carol Mather (Senior Marketing Communications Manager-TopSource) at 781-926-6053 or [email protected].
TopSource LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Topco Associates LLC, the largest cooperative buying organization in retail food. By applying a structured sourcing process and through spend aggregation, TopSource assists over sixty premier grocery, retail and wholesale companies realize significant savings in areas of Not-For-Resale (NFR), often called indirect spend. In addition to providing innovative solutions, TopSource has saved its members and customers an average of 15-20% on an annual basis in business areas such as store equipment, office products/services, packaging, hired services, IT/Telecommunication, construction, logistics & distribution, marketing, health care, fuel, energy management and sustainability. To learn more about TopSource, visit www.topsourcellc.com.
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