The Aussies Are Coming Next Week! AACS Study Tour 2017
ORLANDO and CHICAGO — Starting 15 October, the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) is arriving in USA with a delegation of top Australian convenience store retailers on a study tour of the United States.
The 25-year-old AACS is the leading organization in Australia’s convenience channel. The tour is being organized and led by King-Casey, a premier U.S. restaurant design and consulting firm, and Convenience Store News, the U.S. convenience store industry’s No. 1 business media brand.
The group will kick off their visit with a cocktail reception at the Renaissance Orlando Seaworld hotel Sunday, Oct. 15, followed the next morning with presentations by CSNews Editorial Director Don Longo and King-Casey Principal Howland Blackiston.
“A primary mission of AACS is to educate its members on ‘best practices’ worldwide,” Blackiston said, “which they achieve by conducting study tours in other countries. When they approached us for 2017, it was a logical next step to get Convenience Store News involved, since it is the opinion leader of the industry here in the USA.”
The Central Florida tour will include visits to Cumberland Farms, Fitlife Foods, East End Market, Bass Pro Shops, a Walmart store, and a Walmart Supercenter. In addition, the retailers will visit Thorntons, Wawa, Whole Foods, and Lucky’s Market, all in the greater Orlando area.
“Florida in general, and Orlando in particular, is a hotbed of retail innovation,” Longo said, “not only for c-stores, but for forward-thinking retailers of all kinds.”
Members of the delegation will then fly to Chicago on Wednesday, Oct. 18, to attend the NACS Show.
King-Casey has deep consulting experience in quick-service and fast casual restaurants and convenience store foodservice. Its c-store clients include American Natural, winner of Best Original Design in this year’s CSNews Store Design Contest, Circle K, ampm, Parker’s and Dodge's Stores.
CSNews’ mission is to deliver insight, analysis, market research and business intelligence that helps convenience store retailers stay ahead of “what’s next.”