Launching February 2021

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About CRU Community

Education, connections and enjoyment.

These are the cornerstones of Winsight’s new Convenience Retailing University (CRU) Community. Our mission is to serve retail and convenience category managers 365 days a year through timely, informative and useful category-focused content, provide a place to convene (even if it is from our homes), and create a platform for buyers and sellers to unite for solutions.

Exclusive content is just a click away.

All content will follow a category-focused format covering:

Packaged Beverage, Behind the Counter, Dispensed Beverage, Technology/Operations, Snacks & Candy, Foodservice, General Merchandise, CBD & Emerging Categories, and Loyalty/Delivery.

Dive into category-focused interviews with Category Manager of the Year (CMOY) finalists, peer-to-peer conversations with industry experts, insightful workshops and quick industry updates.

We will release new content weekly and keep it live year-round, so you can watch it whenever you want.

Explore new products and meet with suppliers from your desk.

Discover the latest solutions and products from our sponsors. Participate in online Share Groups and meet virtually with our supplier partners via CRU Community. Our team will manage all the details, all you need to do is show up and have fun!

Stay connected with the industry, digitally.

Converse with fellow category managers through CRU Community’s discussion forums, moderated by CSP’s editorial team. Gauge the community’s thoughts on a particular topic and take an active role in answers, information and data. The opportunities are endless!



Connect with others in the industry with similar interests and responsibilities.

What is a Share Group?

We will gather 20 retailer category managers within the same category – foodservice, loyalty, etc. – and host a virtual meeting. We will talk about the challenges we’re facing, share solutions and hear from industry experts such as Technomic researchers and CSP editors.

And we will have some fun! Before the meeting, you will receive a care package from us. Perhaps we will try some new category products or have some fun with trivia. And you will receive a gift from us valued at $500!

How do you get involved?

You will have an opportunity to apply for one of the Share Groups when you join the CRU Community.

How long is a Share Group meeting?

The Share Groups will take place for up to 3 hours over 2 days (6 hours max).

What else do you receive?

Besides the gift, the care package, the industry contacts and the data and story shares from industry experts, you will also receive a “Certification of Completion” around your category.

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Meet our roster of brilliant industry experts

Steve Holtz

Content Director, Convenience Group
Winsight, LLC

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Donna Hood Crecca


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Larry Levin

Executive Vice President, Consumer & Shopper Marketing

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Jackson Lewis

Editor, Convenience Group
Winsight, LLC

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Abbey Lewis

VP of Content Strategy
Winsight, LLC.

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Mitch Morrison

Vice President, Retailer Relations
Winsight Media

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Hannah Prokop

Associate Editor
CSP Magazine

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Roy Strasburger


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A special thank you to all our sponsors.

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Interested in sponsoring? Fill out the form below.

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