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The world has changed a lot since March 2020. Of course, this goes without saying. The COVID-19 pandemic has reverberated around the world; its presence continues to be felt strongly in many corners of the globe. In our relatively small world here in Canada, we’ve fared better than some places, worse than others. But in many ways, we all live in a changed place now.
Perhaps one of the bigger changes is a shift in what people truly value. Over the course of the various shutdowns, we had to learn how to live without many things we once took for granted. Spending time with our extended families. Getting on an airplane, either for business or for pleasure. Going to the movies. Eating in restaurants. Participating in sports and cultural activities. Sending our children off to school. Shaking hands. Seeing smiles on faces.
When you stop to think about it, it’s mind boggling to consider how much change was triggered by the pandemic. For some, the change was so profound, they’ve vowed never to go back to the way things were; for some, they don’t want to go back.
For those of us in this business, there’s no going back. “What’s happened to consumers over the last 12 to 18 months, what they value now compared to what they valued before—the times have changed,” says Michael Cronin, VP, The Convenience U CARWACS Show. “People have been given a new lease on life, in many ways. They want to make up for time lost over the past few years. But they’re also moving around in a completely different landscape with new challenges that demand a new angle of attack. And the pace of change? Well, it’s not really slowing down at all, is it?”
These are the reasons why The Convenience U CARWACS Show is such an important event. After such a long interruption, this is the chance to meet with thousands of retailers, suppliers and distributors for two days of valuable learning, networking, and product and service discovery. There’s been a lot of development over the past 30 months—and that’s another reason why attendance is vitally important.
“After a two-year interruption, we’re excited to bring the convenience, gas and car wash industries back together in person this fall,” Cronin adds. “These industries are constantly evolving and so are customer expectations. The event will introduce attendees to new product and service offerings that drive traffic, drive revenue and help their businesses thrive. If you’re not here, I think you would definitely experience the fear of missing out.”
In the past, the show has seen strong attendance from key decision-makers.
- An estimated 92% of past attendees had purchasing authority or direct purchasing influence.
- Close to 93% of past attendees planned to purchase products they saw on the trade show floor.
With so many new innovations coming to market over the past two years, The Convenience U CARWACS Show will be the one-stop shop for catching up and powering forward.
“There is no other place in Canada where all the key stakeholders and buyers from petroleum, car wash and convenience come together in one place,” says Cronin. “Whether you’re already an operator and you’re looking to expand or you’re a vendor looking for growth opportunities, you need to be here.”
This year, the opening conference on Day 1 will place increased emphasis on consumer insights in a shifting market. Attendees will have access to exclusive research on Canadian convenience shoppers, gather insight from a top business coach and be better equipped to understand customer expectations and how to meet them.
Yes, the Canadian Carwash Association is back to host exciting wash-specific education!
Plus, stay tuned for more exciting announcements, conference details and more!
The trade show floor is open 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
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The Convenience U CARWACS Show brings together all areas of the convenience, gas, and car wash industry.
Thousands of retailers and operators gather every year to find the latest in products and services to bring to the Canadian market.
The Convenience U CARWACS Show is the place to reach your target market, generate strong business leads and promote your brand to qualified buyers.