1. Overview and Directions

Purpose:
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the worlds’ leading food beverage and consumer products trade organization, is pleased to announce the launch of its inaugural Retail Honors Program. GMA’s Retail Honors Program provides an opportunity for GMA members to recognize and inspire their trading partners in the retail community in sustained excellence in performance, collaboration and innovation.

Eligible Nominees:
US retailers and wholesalers in all channels of trade are eligible to be nominated. The GMA Retail Honors Steering Committee will carefully consider the number of nominations, award criteria rankings and written comment submissions in determining winners in each category. The nomination window will be open from July 28 to Sept. 23, 2010. GMA manufacturer and sales agency members are eligible to nominate retailers in three award categories:

• Retailer of the Year
• Most Collaborative Retailer
• Most Innovative Retailer

GMA Retail Honors Dinner:
Awards will be given at the GMA Retail Honors Dinner on November 9, 2010 at the Naples Grande in conjunction with GMA’s Shopper Momentum Conference.

GMA Retail Honors Steering Committee:
Tracy VanBibber, Senior Vice President & Chief Customer Solutions Officer, The Dial Corporation
Dan Vucovich, Vice President, Global Chief Customer Officer, The Hershey Company
Dave Jones, Vice President, Industry Initiatives, Kellogg Company
Joe Bivona, Vice President, Customer Development, Time, Inc. Retail
Peter Thompson, Director, Customer & Industry Development, Colgate-Palmolive Company
John Saidnawey, President & COO, Johnson O’Hare Company
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Awards Nomination and Selection Process:

• Nominations will be accepted from July 28-September 10, 2010
• One winner will be selected in each category
• The GMA Retail Awards Steering Committee will review nominations and tally results.
• Winners will be notified in September of their status
• Winners will be honored at the GMA Retail Honors Awards Dinner on Nov. 9, 2010 at the Shopper Momentum Conference in Naples FL.

Please contact the following individual for more information or questions about the GMA Retail Honors Dinner:

Brian P. Lynch
Director, Sales & Sales Promotion/Industry Affairs
Grocery Manufacturers Association
1350 I Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005
P: 202-295-3976
blynch@gmaonline.org
www.gmaonline.org

1. Submitting Contact: (GMA may reach out to discuss your submitted nomination should we have any questions):

Directions:
Please nominate one retail organization per award category. Under each award please rank the award criteria (1 = Developing Capabilities / 3= Strength / 5= Best in Class). Votes and strongest criteria rankings for each award category will be evaluated to determine award winners. One winner will be selected per award category. Completed nomination forms will be reviewed by the GMA Retail Honors Steering Committee in September.

Confidentiality:
All nominating parties will remain strictly confidential, unless GMA obtains expressed permission directly from the nominating party to reference their identity or feedback in any related materials/promotions.

2. Nominee Name for Retailer of the Year

3. Retailer of the Year Nominee Contact Information:
Please list a contact at the retail organization GMA may follow with should the nominee be selected as a winner.

4. Retailer of the Year Criteria (Please check one rating per question on the above listed Nominee)

Criteria Rating: 1 = Developing Capabilities / 3= Strength / 5 = Best in Class

(click check box below)

  1 2 3 4 5
Delivers top and bottom line growth
Has shopper loyalty
Has a strategic growth plan that excites the industry
Strongest partner on collaborative plans
Excellence in execution in store
Is a trusted and respected partner
Employees appreciate working for their Employer (Believes Our People Make the Difference)

5. Additional Comments: (Maximum 500 words/ 1 page)

6. Nominee Name for Most Collaborative Retailer

7. Most Collaborative Retailer Nominee Contact Information:
Please list a contact at the retail organization GMA may follow with should the nominee be selected as a winner.

8. Most Collaborative Retailer Criteria (Please check one rating per question on the above listed Nominee)

Criteria Rating: 1 = Developing Capabilities / 3= Best in Class / 5 = Best in Class

(click check box below)

  1 2 3 4 5
Participates in Joint Business Planning
Partners to make programs/shopper marketing bigger & better
Shows flexibility in planning as the year unfolds
Quality engagements (including Top to Tops)throughout the year to ensure we are on track
Collective score carding
Celebrates successes and failures together/Learns collectively: i.e. what's working and what's not.

9. Additional Comments: (Maximum 500 words/ 1 page)

10. Nominee Name for Most Innovative Retailer

11. Most Innovative Retailer Nominee Contact Information:
Please list a contact at the retail organization GMA may follow with should the nominee be selected as a winner.

12. Most Innovative Retailer Criteria (Please check one rating per question on the above listed Nominee)

Criteria Rating: 1 = Developing Capabilities / 3= Strength / 5 = Best in Class

(click check box below)

  1 2 3 4 5
Partners on new ways to go to market
Tests new concepts on a regular basis
Truly turns insight into action
Innovative marketing/shopper marketing campaigns
Open culture and listens to new thinking
Excels in new item excellence
Caring sustainability innovator

13. Additional Comments: (Maximum 500 words/ 1 page)

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