The opportunity has come for those in the convenience industry to once again shine on the local stage and also win a trip to the NACS Show in Las Vegas.

The Peter Jowett Scholarship Award is a unique opportunity for NZACS members to challenge others in New Zealand in thinking about our industry.

The Peter Jowett Scholarship Competition topic has been determined by the countries participating in the competition namely, Australia, and New Zealand.


What is different this year?

Traditionally there have been supplier & retailer categories – in 2018 we will have an open competition for both suppliers and retailers choosing the best two as winners.

We are also in discussion with the Retail & Business management faculty at Massey University with a view to offering a second scholarship prize to their top contender on the same topic. Massey finalists would not be eligible for the Las Vegas prize.

Our two NZACS member winners will attend the show and be required to put together a joint presentation highlighting their insights from the show. This will be presented at the first NZACS event following their return.


The Prize

Return airfares and accommodation to the NACS show in Las Vegas October 7th – 11th
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The 2018 topic is:
Identify current and emerging challenges for the Convenience industry, and present innovative solutions and opportunities for Convenience Retailers and their Suppliers to compete in this evolving environment that will deliver ongoing profitable sales growth for the channel and address the challenges. Use local as well as overseas examples and data in your response.

Employees from Retailer and Supplier member companies are invited to select candidates between 21 and 36 years of age for the 2018 competition (candidates must be no older than 36 years of age on 31st of May 2018.


The Process

1. Participants will be required to register their interest by 30 April 2018 by clicking here.

2. Participants will be required to submit the following by emailing Dave Hooker
by June 8th 2018

a. 10 slide PowerPoint presentation (include brief explanation of each slide)

b. An executive summary covering the following:

i. Your plan / idea (what is your idea)
ii. The argument (addressing the topic)
iii. The reasons (how your idea will work)
iv. Summary

c. Presenter biography (e.g. who you are, your career path)

3. Local judges will assess all submissions and select the six finalists. These finalists will present their 12-minute presentation at the Peter Jowett and Industry Awards event scheduled for Mid-July in Auckland.

4. The audience of members present will vote on the presentations and select the best two presentations. Winners will then travel to Chicago in October. NZACS will cover the cost of flights and accommodation for the duration of the NACS Show. By participating you acknowledge that should you win the Peter Jowett Scholarship, your employer will release you from work obligations to travel to Las Vegas during those NACS Show dates. The prize is non-transferable.
In the past some members have run an internal competition for their staff as a way of selecting their candidates. This is an excellent development program for people working in the convenience channel.

The scoring guidelines for selecting the finalists for the New Zealand competition are:

Addresses the question 40%
> Innovative thinking 25%
> Idea could be implemented 25%
> Quality of presentation 10%

To register your interest, please click on the link below:



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