Mega 2019 Schedule as of
All Travel Events and Meetings October 7 - 9, 2019 (Mega Sessions and Expo)
Monday, October 7: Board Meetings, Prep
9:00a-2:30p: CACS & NCBA Board Meetings Mega committee Final Prep Meeting and Setup/ Bag Stuffing
Tuesday, October. 8: 0
##9:00a-2:00p: CCR Exam (NACS)
2:00p-5:00p: Mega Regional Registration Open
Wednesday, October 9: Mega Day 1
7:30a-6:00p: Registration Open, Breakfast (On your own)
8:30a-9:00a: Opening - Name of Prez (NACS President), Opening Remarks and Welcome
9:00a-10:30a: General Session - First & Last Name (Title of Session) Info on session, blah blah. _
10:45a-11:30a: Mega Education Block #1
Title of Session: First & Last names of Peeps & their companies TITLE OF SESSION. The info on the session blah blah.
Title of Session: First & Last Name (Names of School/Company) This session blah, blah.
11:45a-12:30p: Mega Education Block #2
Title of Session: First & Last Name (Company/Store), Kato Meley (UC Davis Stores), Cassie del Pilar (Norton Affordable Solutions) and Tom Hoffa (Pearson) Are you interested in a program that increases your course-materials sales while also satisfying students and faculty alike? Come hear the details of UC Davis' award-winning Inclusive Access program that provides adopted digital adaptive course content at reduced prices while guaranteeing that every student has the required materials the first day of class. Benefit from the UC Davis Store's experience in driving this effort on their campus and their central role in working with the administration, faculty, publishers and vendors. Come away with the knowledge you need to start this process on your campus.
Be Unique: Special Event Ideas for your Store: Ben Eisenstein (San Diego State University), Randy Varney (Utah Valley University) Join us for a session on fun out-of-the-box activities to draw traffic into your store. Learn about successful event like midnight sales, video game launch events, gamer card promotions and more that are easily adaptable to your store.
12:30p-2:00p: Lunch Volunteer & Vendor Appreciation (ticketed event) - luncheon with the new NACS CEO (Robert Walton) and Sequoia/Blackboard, VP of Sales (Jim Zaorski)
2:15p-3:00p: Mega Education Block #3
OER Panel Discussion: Tracey Mayfield (Dean Library, CSU-Long Beach), Kelly Swanson (DeAnza College), Tarryn McGhie (UNLV), Tony Sanjume (Moderator, Lane Community College) Open Educational Resources (OER) are being touted by some as the solution to the issue of textbook affordability. However, is it that simple and what are the ramifications for and the role of the college store? Please join us for a moderated panel discussion with various experts on the growing trends in the Open Educational Resources area. We will ask our panel some tough and candid questions on the future of OER's on our campuses. After the session we will open it up to the audience for a question and answer session.
Building Your Bench: Human Resources in the College Store: Laura Konick (University of Washington) Please join us as the Human Resources and Retail Operations Manager for one of the largest bookstores in the country discusses best practices in the filed of human resources as applied to the college bookstore industry. This session is designed for new staff members, long time managers, and everyone in between. Topics will include staff assignments and responsibilities, engaging your team, and preparing our future college store leaders.
3:15p-4:00p: Mega Education Block #4
Partners for Life: Libraries + Stores = Success: Tracey Mayfield (Dean, Library CSU-Long Beach) Campus libraries may play an increasingly active role in the provision of adopted course materials in the future. This session will focus on how campus libraries and campus stores can partner and work together on initiatives and projects as a team to achieve goals that make each more effective. Topics to be covered will be the importance of communication, and the places good communication REALLY matters, collaboration on initiatives, such as Open Educational Resources (OERs), and copyright compliance. As a bonus, copyright basics will be covered!
Renovation Journey: Carol Swafford (UC Davis Stores) and Randy Stejskal (Nebraska College Store Design) See, hear and learn of the journey that the U.C. Davis Stores embarked on for their Campus Store renovation. Their renovation wasn’t only about fresh and exciting store planning and design, but also about guiding and navigating their retail operation into the future. In this presentation, you’ll see and learn about their: Amazon Pick-Up Center
- Cosmetic & Jewelry Boutique
- Grab & Go Market
- Hi-Tech Que Management System
- Farmers Market Kiosk System
- Ultra-Flexible Fixture Program
- Dedicated Web Order Pick up
- Tech Hub Repair & Diagnostic Counter
- Access Point Counter for Inclusive Access questions
12:00p-6:00p: Vendor Setup - (4:30 Vendor Meeting)
4:15p-5:00p: Mega Education Block #5
The Psychology of Price(The Mark-Up and Markdown Game): Paul Erickson (RMSA Retail Solutions) How much product is marked up initially directly affects how profitable your retail business can be. Many retailers swear by tried and true mark-up models, but it is a good practice for any retailer to constantly review current pricing practices to find areas for improvement. This session will demonstrate the benefits of different competitive pricing strategies that you can begin implementing in your store immediately. You’ll discover the three elements that initial mark-up must satisfy to achieve your profit goals, learn how to effectively use pricing psychology to increase mark-up and uncover how cost-based pricing can limit your profit potential. Before you price your next batch of inventory, you’ll want to know this valuable information.
Legislative / Legal Update: Rich Hershman - NACS VP Government Relations Laws and regulations currently under consideration in Washington, DC and your state capitol may have a significant impact on your business going forward. An update on recent legislation at the state and federal level that might impact our industry will be presented and discussed. This session will also speculate on how today’s historic election may affect college stores.
6:00p-7:30p: Opening Welcome Reception: Dinner on your own have fun in Vegas (optional extra event discounted Blue Man Group show- Luxor get pre-paid tickets using button on sidebar or on the main registration page)
Thursday, October X: Mega Day 2 (Expo Day)
7:00a-8:30a: Breakfast 8:00a-10:00a: Vendor Setup**
9:00a-10:00a: Mega Education Block #6
- What's Hot!: Paula Haerr, (VP Retail Services, Connect2One) Always new, always fresh! You can’t miss with this session for general merchandise buyers. Paula Haerr and the Connect2One team have scouted the marketplace to bring you developing trends including fashion influences, best-selling imprints, power colors, pattern play, and much more. Apparel, gift, and supply buyers will find inspiration as we relate trends across categories in a holistic approach to your merchandise mix.
10:00a-4:00p: Mega Expo (break for lunch during show 12 -1, floor closed, not mandatory)
4:00p-6:00p: Vendor Tear Down
5:30p-6:30p: Association Business Meetings & Association Installations
6:30p-10:00p: Mega Celebration with entertainment by “Vocal Trash”
Thursday, Nov 10th: Mega Day 3 (Independent Store Day)
8:30a-10:00a: Author Breakfast - Annie Jacobsen Annie Jacobsen is an investigative journalist and bestselling author who writes about war, weapons, national security and future technology. Her newest book, The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top Secret Military Research Agency, shines a light on military technology programs as never reported before, from DARPA’s biohybrid cyborgs that couple animals with machines to its plans for an army of artificially intelligent drones.
10:30a-12:00p: Mega Education Block #7
- Fighting Off Leasing Workshop - Why Being Independent is Important: Alan Martin (Sidewalk), Jason Lorgan (UC Davis), Estella McCollum (indiCo), Fred Weber (ICBA), Mark Palmore (Nebraska Book Company) - This in-depth all day session will completely focus on this very relevant topic. Whether you are four year or a two year college, do not become the next statistic!
11:00a-11:30a: What to Look for During the MEGA Retail Learning Lab with Paula Haerr from Connect2One
- Get a preview of today’s Retail Learning Lab Tour of the Miracle Mile Shops @ Planet Hollywood. This preview will include logistics and an overview of the shops and visual merchandising clues to look for - price point signage, point-of-purchase counters, types of fixtures, location of sale racks, wall displays, customer service greetings, navigating into the store, etc. Tour departs at 12:00PM promptly. There are plenty of options for lunch on your own at the Miracle Mile Shops.
12:00p-1:00p: Box lunch: (included for those staying for 2nd half workshop)
- 12:00p-3:00p: Miracle Mile Shops @ Planet Hollywood: Shuttle Bus (Sponsored by Echo Global & Pens, Etc.) to Shops Explore this very popular shopping venue with over a mile of fashion, dining and entertainment curated by our tour facilitator, Paula Haerr. This AHHMAZING shopping experience features cutting edge retailers such as French Connection, Alex & Ani, True Religion Brand Jeans, GUESS, M•A•C Cosmetics, H&M, and BCBGMAXAZRIA. Share the ultimate retailer learning experience with your college store peers for inspiration on merchandising, products and customer service.
- The shuttle bus will pick up attendees at (North Entrance, bottom of escalators, by the Havana Room) 12:00p at the Tropicana and will depart from Planet Hollywood at 3:00p
1:00p-3:00p: Mega Education Block #8
- Fighting Off Leasing Workshop (continued) - Telling Your Story: Alan Martin (CEO/Founder, Sidewalk)
4:00p-5:00p: Mega Committee wrap up
For questions and additional information please contact: Mona Farley, CACS Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-894-3173