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JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- As the convenience store industry grows more and more complex, retailers are relying on their distributors to be far more than just a deliverer of goods. Today's convenience wholesalers support their clients by maintaining competitive pricing, ensuring on-time deliveries, offering innovative marketing programs, sharing merchandising expertise and much more.
Last year, Convenience Store News' sister publication, Convenience Store News for the Single Store Owner, introduced an awards program to recognize those wholesalers providing the best service, value and partnership to the industry's independent operators. This year, CSNews introduces its own version of the Wholesaler Excellence Awards for chain operators.
The inaugural CSNews Wholesaler Excellence Awards honor companies in five key performance areas. To identify the best of the best, CSNews conducted a poll among its retailer subscribers with two or more stores and asked them to nominate those distributors that excel in each of the five different categories. From those responses, the winners were chosen based on the number of times a company was mentioned and the quality of the supporting reasons given.
The first-ever CSNews Wholesaler Excellence Awards winners are:
- Best Inventory Control: McLane Co. Inc.
- Best Partnership Relationship With Retailers: McLane Co. Inc.
- Best Planograming for Profits: H.T. Hackney Co.
- Best Product Education & Sales Literature: Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc.
- Best Speed to Market: Eby-Brown Co.
Look in the April issue of Convenience Store News for individual profiles on each of the winners.