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JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Convenience retailing today takes a village. Retailers cannot successfully serve the evolving needs of their customers without the constant support of the supplier community, whether it's in the demand for new products, the need for powerful marketing and advertising, or gaining access to the latest category research and consumer insights.
To honor those suppliers who excel in key performance areas, the Convenience Store News Supplier Excellence Awards return for their second year. Once again, CSNews conducted a survey among our retailer subscribers and asked them to name those suppliers they believe are the best at what they do in six different achievement categories.
From those responses, the winners of the second annual CSNews Supplier Excellence Awards were chosen based on the number of times a supplier was mentioned; the quality of the supporting reasons given by the retailers; and input from the CSNews Editorial Advisory Board consisting of representatives from 11 prominent convenience store chains.
The 2013 CSNews Supplier Excellence Awards winners are:
- Marketing & Advertising Excellence: Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc.
- Partnership Relationship With Retailers: The Coca-Cola Co
- Effectiveness of In-Store Promotions & Merchandising Displays: The Hershey Co.
- Best Order Fulfillment of On-Time & Complete Deliveries: PepsiCo Inc.
- New Product Innovation: Logic Technologies
- Speed to Market: 5-Hour Energy
Three of the companies being honored this year are repeat winners from last year's inaugural awards program. Both Anheuser-Busch and PepsiCo are back-to-back winners in the same categories, while Hershey is a repeat winner, but in a different category than last year.
Check out the February issue of Convenience Store News to see what retailers had to say about this year's Supplier Excellence Awards winners.