The opportunity has come for those in the convenience industry to shine on the local stage once again, and win one of two fantastic prizes.

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

The 2022 Topic is:

You have been given a project involving category, marketing, and operations. Your task is to take any existing category in convenience (other than fuel or tobacco) and re-invent or revolutionise it.

Present your proposal summarising your plan. What is the big idea? What insights have led you to this? What is different? How will it look? How will you justify the return on the capital or expense required?

Employees from Retailer and Supplier member companies are invited to select candidates between 21 and 36 years of age for the 2022 competition (candidates must be no older than 36 years of age on 31st of May 2021.

The Prize:

Our Winner will receive:

  • $2,000 personal cash prize
  • $3,000 professional development grant
    (to be used in conjunction with their respective companies)

Our Runner Up will receive:

  • $1,000 personal cash prize
  • $3,000 professional development grant
    (to be used in conjunction with their respective companies)

OR NACS Show Las Vegas

Both the Winner and the Runner Up will have the option of return airfares and accommodation to the NACS Show in Las Vegas, 1-4 October 2022.

The Process:

  1. Participants will be required to register their interest by 30th April 2022 by emailing Dave Hooker -
  2. Participants will be required to submit the following by emailing Dave Hooker by 31st July 2022:
    1. 10-15 slide PowerPoint presentation (include brief explanation of each slide).
    2. An executive summary covering the following:
      1. Your plan / idea (what is your idea)
      2. The argument (addressing the topic)
      3. The reasons (how your idea will work)
      4. Summary
    3. Presenter biography (e.g. who you are, your career path) no more than 150 words.
  3. Local judges will assess all submissions and select the six finalists. These finalists will present their 10-12 minute presentation at the Peter Jowett and Industry Awards event scheduled for October in Auckland.
  4. The audience of members present will vote on the presentations and select the best two presentations.

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%