For more than 10 years, NACUFS and PepsiCo Foodservice have teamed together to honor the Best in the Business campus convenience/retail store.
Recognizing leadership in product mix, marketing, layout, design and great new ideas, the C-Store Best in the Business competition provides an opportunity for college and university campuses to share stories of their latest improvements and highlight their retail and convenience store best practices. A DVD recording of the winning entries is made each year, providing a virtual tour of true trailblazers in collegiate neighborhood markets.
But time is running out to enter. Entries must be received by March 8, 2013. Submissions can be sent electronically or in hard copy form. For details visit www.nacufs.org. Or download an entry form now at NACUFS Best in Business C-Store Contest.
Contest Categories for 2013 are:
• New Store Design Innovation
• Updating Your Existing C-Store
• The Hybrid Store
• Merchandising in Your Retail Venues
• Foodservice Application
All submitted entries will be displayed at the Neighborhood Market: Retail Workshop pre-conference event in Minneapolis, July 9-10, 2013. Winning entries will be recorded for the 2013 Best in the Business DVD, and asked to participate in a panel discussion and awards presentation at the pre-conference event.
The judges for the 2013 awards include a team of students and campus convenience store managers, as well as Tom McIntyre, Group Publisher of the The Convenience Store Decisions Group; Dean Wright, director of dining services, Brigham Young University; John Lawn, Editor, Food Management magazine; and Jason Gilbert, of sponsoring PepsiCo Foodservice.
The 2012 winners included:
• New Store Design Innovation: Munchy Mart at the University of Northern Colorado
• Updating Your Existing C-Store: South Campus Express at Syracuse University
• The Hybrid C-Store: Zee’s Quaker at University of Akron
• Merchandising in Your Retail Venues: The Emporium at University of Dayton
• Retail Loss Prevention Best Practices: Bits N Bytes C3 at Boise State University
For more than 50 years, the National Association of College & University Food Services has been supporting the college and university foodservice industry by providing members with the programs and resources they need to excel—from benchmarking and best practices to educational programming and professional networking. Visit www.nacufs.org for the latest contest updates or call the association office at (517) 332-2494.