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Convenience Retailing University ‘Decodes the Consumer’

Agenda will help retailers navigate challenges, capitalize on opportunities

CHICAGO -- More than 500 convenience-store retail executives, including category managers, senior marketing executives and managing directors, will attend the Convenience Retailing University (CRU) event, Feb. 22-24, 2016, at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa in Glendale, Ariz.

CRU’s format fosters the information exchange between key creative leaders and their supplier partners in order to strategize together on the future of convenience retailing and help build superior c-stores.

“Decoding the Consumer” is the theme for 2017 and is reflected in an agenda that will help retailers navigate today’s challenges and capitalize on opportunities.

“The networking is terrific! I love the small format and the varied breakout sessions,” said previous attendee Ruth Anne Lilly, senior category manager for Sunoco Inc.

At CRU, attendees will find that no two speakers or sessions are the same. The event will cover a magnitude of timely topics from natural/organic, selling at the pump and chef-driven menus to disruptive forces, social media and cannabis. Some prominent speakers include:

  • George Blankenship, former executive for Tesla Motors, Apple Computer and Gap Inc.
  • Jeremy Gutsche, CEO of Trendhunter.com, award-winning innovator and author of “Better and Faster.”
  • Jim Knight, business culture catalyst, former Hard Rock International executive and author of “Culture That Rocks!”
  • Larry Levin, executive vice president of business development for IRI Innovation.
  • Brian Little, scholar in the department of psychology of Cambridge University.
  • Joshua Swanson, CEO, GTMA, chairman of Razz Interactive and digital marketing consultant.

View all speakers and full bios at https://www.convenienceretailing.com/speakers/.

Other agenda highlights include a bowling tournament, the C-Store Product Gallery featuring a new “Better-for-You” pavilion, local store tours, Category Manager of the Year Awards and more.

Check out full agenda details at https://www.convenienceretailing.com/agenda/.

Title sponsors include:

  • Anheuser-Bush
  • Mars Chocolate North America
  • McLane Co. Inc.
  • Tyson Convenience

All supplier partners are listed at https://www.convenienceretailing.com/sponsors/.

For retailers to register, visit https://www.convenienceretailing.com/ or contact Jacob Winsor at [email protected].

Chicago-based Winsight LLC is a business-to-business media and information services company specializing in the convenience-retailing, restaurant and noncommercial foodservice industries. Winsight has a media portfolio including CSP, Convenience Store Products, Restaurant Business and FoodService Director magazines; a suite of digital products such as websites, e-newsletters (CSP Daily News, Restaurant Business Daily and others) and webinars; plus video products, mobile and tablet apps, custom marketing solutions and the convenience-retailer intelligence tool CSPedia. The Winsight Events group produces six exclusive large-scale, executive-level conferences— Restaurant Leadership Conference, FARE Conference, Outlook Leadership, Convenience Retailing University, FSTEC and Global Restaurant Leadership Conference—in addition to more than 12 major EduNetworking conferences and advisory meetings. Winsight recently acquired Technomic Inc., Chicago, a food-industry provider of primary and secondary market information and advisory services.


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