RBG Announces 2013 Independent C-Store Expo

17th year for retailer-supplier networking event

Published in CSP Daily News

LISLE, Ill. -- Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG) recently announced that its annual Independent C-Store Expo (I-C-Expo) will be held on Feb. 28, 2013, at the Burr Ridge Marriott Hotel in Burr Ridge, Ill.

"RBG's Independent C-Store Expo is the perfect opportunity for retailers to come and meet one-on-one with national representatives from leading c-store suppliers, to learn about new products, marketing promotions and opportunities to grow c-store sales," said Angela Angelilli, RBG's executive vice president of sales.

"This is our 17th year of this show, and we pride ourselves on making the Independent C-Store Expo a first-class event; allowing retailers and suppliers to network, while enjoying the reception and an informal atmosphere. All brands of independent retailers are welcome to come enjoy a day's worth of activities, which includes a trade show exhibit with food, drinks and prizes, networking opportunities, meeting space and more throughout the night," she added.

"The I-C-Expo will assist suppliers in receiving in-depth, first hand learning and insight into a key segment of the c-store industry. "The independent store operator comprises nearly two-thirds of the c-store industry, but has been the hardest group for suppliers to reach economically," said Sharon Porter, RBG's executive vice president of business development.

RBG will present supplier and member awards at the trade show, and RBG will also announce the winners of the 12th annual Royal Buying Group Education Scholarship Program. RBG will present two scholarships to members or members' children attending or enrolling to attend an accredited secondary educational institution.

Lisle, Ill.-based RBG is a national organization dedicated to maximizing sales and profitability of convenience stores, petroleum locations, college book stores, truckstops/travel plaza centers, auto repair facilities, drug stores, tobacco outlets and liquor stores. It represents more than 6,500 locations nationwide. Core service capabilities include negotiating with regional and national suppliers for impactful and competitive sales and marketing programs and providing category management expertise, marketing support and customer service support.