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Where the Data Comes From

5 resources cited in CSP's 2021 Category Management Handbook
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CHICAGO —CSP’s Category Management Handbook could not have happened without the invaluable data and resources offered by the companies on this page. A special thanks goes to IRI and the McLane Co. for the volume and depth of information they provided.


Chicago-based IRI’s Total Store View (TSV) Convenience sample represents more than 24,000 stores with scanning capability used to project coverage of the TDLinx-defined/NACS-endorsed channel of more than 150,000 independent and chain stores.

McLane Co. Inc.

Temple, Texas-based McLane Co. 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 clientele base.

Technomic Inc.

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


Chicago-based NielsenIQ’s Scantrack ConvenienceTrack sample projects to the TDLinx-defined/NACS-endorsed channel of more than 150,000 c-stores. According to Nielsen, the sample consists of thousands of chain, franchise and independent c-stores.

Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA)

Based in Pittsburgh, Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA) derives its market data and insights by tracking industry shipments between manufacturers, distributors and retailers.

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