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Convenience Retailing University Covers "Decoding the Consumer" in 2017

  (October 18, 2016)

CHICAGO, Oct. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 500 convenience retailing executives, including category managers, senior marketing executives and managing directors, will attend the Convenience Retailing University event, February 22-24 at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa, in Glendale, AZ.

CRU's unprecedented format fosters the information exchange between key creative leaders and their supplier partners in order to strategize together on the future of convenience retailing and help build superior c-stores. "Decoding the Consumer" is the theme for 2017 and is reflected in a carefully crafted agenda that will help retailers navigate today's challenges and capitalize on opportunities.

"The networking is terrific! I love the small format and the varied breakout sessions," said previous attendee Ruth Anne Lilly, senior category manager for Sunoco, Inc.

At CRU, attendees will find that no two speakers or sessions are the same. This year, the event is covering a magnitude of timely topics from natural/organic, selling at the pump and chef-driven menus to disruptive forces, social media and cannabis. Some prominent speakers include:

  • George Blankenship, Former Executive, Tesla Motors, Apple Computer and GAP Inc.
  • Jeremy Gutsche, CEO,, Award-Winning Innovator, and New York Times Bestselling Author of "Better and Faster"
  • Jim Knight, Business Culture Catalyst, Former Hard Rock International Executive & Author of "Culture That Rocks!"
  • Larry Levin, Executive Vice President, Business Development, IRI Innovation
  • Brian Little, Ph.D., Distinguished Scholar, Department of Psychology, Cambridge University
  • Joshua Swanson, CEO, GTMA, Chairman, Razz Interactive, and Digital Marketing Consultant

View all speakers and full bios at

Other exciting agenda highlights include a bowling tournament, the C-Store Product Gallery featuring a new "Better for You" pavilion, local store tours, Category Manager of the Year Awards and much more.

Check out full agenda details at

This event would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors, particularly the Title Sponsors, which include the following companies:

  • Anheuser-Bush
  • Mars Chocolate North America
  • McLane Company, Inc.
  • Tyson Convenience

All supplier partners are listed at

For retailers to register, visit or contact Jacob Winsor at

About Winsight, LLC

Winsight, LLC is a business-to-business media and information services company specializing in the convenience-retailing, restaurant and noncommercial foodservice industries. Winsight has an extensive media portfolio including four publications: CSP, Restaurant Business, FoodService Director and Convenience Store Products; a suite of digital products such as websites, e-newsletters (Restaurant Business Daily and CSP Daily News) and webinars; plus video products, mobile and tablet apps, custom marketing solutions and the convenience-retailer intelligence tool, CSPedia. The Winsight Events group produces six exclusive large-scale, executive-level conferences?Restaurant Leadership Conference, FARE Conference, Outlook Leadership, Convenience Retailing University, FSTEC and Global Restaurant Leadership Conference?in addition to more than 12 major EduNetworking conferences and advisory meetings. Winsight recently acquired Technomic, Inc., a food industry provider of primary and secondary market information and advisory services. Winsight is a recognized leader in the markets it serves. For more information on Winsight and its brands, go to

Emily Chmura

Senior Marketing Manager

Winsight, LLC

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