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    Pinnacle Awards Entry Deadline Is May 1

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Progressive Grocer magazine and General Merchandise Distributors Council (GMDC) will honor merchandising excellence in the General Merchandise categories with the second annual Pinnacle Awards.

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Progressive Grocer magazine and General Merchandise Distributors Council (GMDC) will honor merchandising excellence in the General Merchandise categories with the second annual Pinnacle Awards. Nominations are now open for the Pinnacle Awards, which will be presented at the GMDC 2002 GM Marketing Conference, May 31-June 4, 2002 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

    "Progressive Grocer is the leading source of information for nonfood department buyers and managers. GMDC puts GM buyers and suppliers together through their unique conferences and many educational efforts," says Bob Vavra, the magazine's nonfoods editor. "Last year?s award winners showed the strength of the general merchandise category in supermarkets, and we're excited to see what this year's winners have achieved."

    The 2001 General Merchandise winners were SUPERVALU and Butler Home Products. According to GMDC President and CEO David T. McConnell, Jr., "We are pleased to partner with Progressive Grocer on the Pinnacle Award. It is an opportunity to showcase effective marketing solutions in our industry and recognize those responsible for their development and implementation."

    The award will be presented to retailers and manufacturers who take a leadership role in the industry through their innovation in product and category management. Qualified nominees will be able to demonstrate how their category management programs excelled in three areas: Initiative, Leadership, and Innovation. Nominees must also provide specific performance data for evaluation by a panel of judges. The panel may present Pinnacle Awards to more than one company per category.

    Nomination deadline for the first Pinnacle Awards will be May 1. Nomination forms can be obtained by calling Bob Vavra, Progressive Grocer Nonfoods Editor, at (312) 583-5628, or on this Web site.

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