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CSP Now Accepting Nominations for 2019 Category Manager of the Year Awards

Suppliers to help recognize those 'who are setting the pace for the industry'

CHICAGO -- CSP is now accepting nominations for its fourth annual Category Manager of the Year awards.

Category managers are a driving force behind the ongoing growth of the convenience-store industry. Their relationships with vendors, knowledge of trends and overall category insights keep the industry relevant, competitive and breaking in-store sales records year after year.

The Category Manager of the Year awards are CSP’s way of identifying and celebrating the best category managers in the industry today. Through Dec. 3, CSP is asking its supplier and wholesale partners to submit their nominations for the c-store industry’s finest category managers for 2019 at

Click here to read about this year's winners.

Nominees should:

  • Drive sales through both innovative thinking and a sharp focus on data.
  • Influence others within their company and the industry as a whole.
  • Have a deep understanding of their customers and markets.
  • Foster meaningful relationships within the industry.

“This is suppliers’ opportunity to recognize their retailer partners, those men and women who welcome new products and embrace product promotions,” said Steve Holtz, CSP’s content director. “For CSP, this is the best way we can acknowledge the category managers who are setting the pace for the industry through dedication and innovation. I look forward to reviewing the nominations and honoring our winners.”

Finalists are chosen by the CSP editorial staff based on the highest number of nominations. Suppliers and distributors can then vote on the finalists to determine the winners, who will be announced during a special general session at the 2019 Convenience Retailing University, to be held Feb. 25-28 in Orlando, Fla. They will also be featured in CSP’sCategory Management Handbook, to be published in spring 2019.

The honor of Category Manager of the Year will be bestowed on one person from each of six product categories:

  • Candy
  • Foodservice
  • General merchandise/health & beauty care
  • Packaged beverages
  • Snacks
  • Tobacco/OTP

CSP is part of the Winsight family. Chicago-based Winsight LLC is a business-to-business media, event, data and information company specializing in the convenience-retailing, restaurant and noncommercial foodservice industries.

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