NATO SHOW 2011 – Support the Show that Supports You!

On April 12-14, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the NATO 10th Anniversary Celebration occurred. The NATO Show was for All Retailers that sell tobacco products. It featured FDA “Tobacco Czar”, Dr. Lawrence Deyton as keynote speaker. There were many exciting and informative general sessions. It featured thousands of products and accessories to grow any tobacco retailers business. And of course the opportunity to network was a great benefit to all!

But what is really important is what you think? Did you attend the show? If not why not? What were the shows strong points? Not so strong points? What could be done better?


#1 OTP Kid on 04.21.11 at 2:02 PM

I attended the NATO Show and I was thoroughly impressed – very well done, easy to navigate, and there were great deals there so I easily paid for the trip in about the first 2 hours.

I have also attended the Tobacco Plus Expo and it looked like a second class show vs. NATO, so I won’t go to that one anymore.

#2 C-Store Retailer on 04.21.11 at 2:51 PM

I attended the show. I really found value in attending the show. I did not go to the other show mentioned by OTP Kid. I mean how could I get management to sign off on attending two shows so close together. Plus I really like going to the show later in the year. I also went because of Tom Briant actually taking the lobbying serious as the other show is too self serving. I hear that show may have been better attended but when the larger manufacturer’s don’t show it just makes it hard to justify going to that show.
I found the sessions very helpful. However, I found the FDA session a lot of propaganda and it really never touched on the issues but I guess it is a good start. Really concerned about the “reference of 21 years” being made twice in the presentation.
BUT the show was very nicely done. I will support this show because I think we tobacco retailers do need to be heard.

#3 Smoker on 04.22.11 at 12:43 AM

Went to both shows. NATO show seemed less attended but noted that some of the bigger chains attended which mostly had more retailers attended. Show was nice but Thursday afternoon was pretty brutal with lots of manufacturer reps just standing around. Enjoyed the sessions.

#4 Thomas Anonymous on 04.22.11 at 2:05 AM

I’ve been at every US tobacco retail trade convention since the early 90s.
This was the most informative.
On my impending death.

A Canadian retailer told me I’m livin on borrowed time. After hearing what I heard at this convention I’m inclined to agree. If it wasn’t for that 80% of customers supporting my brand I’d be in line for one of those burger flipping McJobs too.
I never thought in 20 years as a brand I would have to pay more now than in the beginning.
I’ll do whatever they ask but when the non voting “trade representation” on their board tells you it’s all about politics and you are the red meat Of the dinner what exactly are we to do?
I think for those of us who hang in there and realize the value of already having a brand in a market with such high barriers to entry for competition is a good thing and in the long run is very valuable.
But if you want to get in the tobacco biz now ….and try to bring a new brand in, I think this conference hammered home the final nail in that coffin.

#5 CDO Tobacconist on 04.22.11 at 11:59 AM

In todays economic climate we don’t feel the cost justifies the travel, although we do miss out on see in new products

#6 Chris Crawley on 04.26.11 at 10:29 AM

I attended Tobacco Plus Expo and found it well attended. I did not attend NATO as this conflicted with other shows in Europe.

If it was possible to schedule shows which provided some competition and choice and did not sit on top of one another; the Tobacco Industry would be better served.

#7 John964 on 05.17.11 at 9:16 PM

Very nice site! >

#8 Lolita on 06.01.11 at 3:15 AM

I may say that these sessions helped tobacco companies to promote their products.

#9 CStore Guy on 06.05.11 at 12:51 AM

Choose to go to the NATO show because it is lobbying for tobacco retailers. The TPE show is more for the tobacco shops. Lots of stuff that I don’t chose to carry!

#10 Murlisea on 06.10.11 at 9:42 AM

Very cool!!

#11 OTP Kid on 08.24.11 at 3:39 PM

2012 NATO Show is April 24-26 at the Paris Hotle in Vegas. I am already signed up for this, we had a great show last year.

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