LAS VEGAS — The National Grocers Association and the Food Industry University Coalition are collaborating at the 2013 NGA Show here to further the professional development of students from 13 university food and retail programs.
“Students are the future leaders of the independent grocery industry,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and chief executive officer, NGA. “We are proud to support their path to success by providing opportunities for professional growth at the NGA Show, and NGA is committed to providing additional opportunities for student engagement at future events.”
While at the conference, students have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and development through education and networking.
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The 2013 Case Study Competition provides student teams with the opportunity to creatively address a real-world issue currently impacting the industry. The competition, sponsored by the Asparagus Club, awards a total of $10,000 for teams of four students who successfully address this year’s case study question.
The 2013 case study involves Chief Super Market, a 12-store operator based in Defiance, Ohio. The chain, which said it “exists to delight customers with great food and experiences,” is asking the students to use their imaginations to determine what the company should do to fulfill that mission and grow market share.
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Students are also participating in a mentor program that will pair them with an industry executive who can walk them around the NGA show floor, share knowledge of the independent grocery business, and answer questions about a career in the industry. Students can also discuss opportunities with retailers at the Career Center.
Students are also participating in show roles such as helping moderate sessions, greet attendees and participate/volunteer for the first Women Grocers of America 5k Run/Walk.
“This opportunity allows universities in the coalition to send top students to the prestigious NGA Show to enhance their coursework through real-world experience,” said Wes Harrison, professor, Louisiana State University, and chairman, FIUC.
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