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Where the Data Comes From

6 resources cited in CSP's 2020 Category Management Handbook

CHICAGO —CSP’s Category Management Handbook could not have happened without the invaluable data and resources offered by the companies below. A special thanks goes to IRI and McLane Co. for the volume and depth of information they provided.


Chicago-based IRI’s AllScan sample represents more than 24,000 stores with scanning capability used to project coverage of the TDLinx-defined/NACS-endorsed channel of more than 152,000 independent and chain stores.

McLane Co.

Temple, Texas-based McLane distributes to about 23,000 c-stores in the United States. Shipment data represents average shipments per store per week from McLane warehouses to its entire c-store client base.


Chicago-based Technomic’s MenuMonitor menu database features menus from more than 40 c-store retailers in the United States. (Technomic is a sister company of CSP.)


New York-based Nielsen’s Scantrack ConvenienceTrack sample projects to the TDLinx-defined/NACS-endorsed channel of more than 152,000 c-stores. According to Nielsen, the sample consists of thousands of chain, franchise and independent c-stores.

BDS Analytics

Boulder, Colo.-based BDS Analytics provides cannabis market intelligence and consumer research based on data collected from dispensary point-of-sale systems by its GreenEdge Platform.

Management Sciences Associates Inc.

Based in Pittsburgh, Management Science Associates derives its tobacco market data and insights from shipment orders between manufacturers and retailers.

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