LONDON, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alain Bouchard, president and CEO Alimentation Couche-Tard, has been named the 2014 NACS Insight International Convenience Leader of the Year, sponsored by PepsiCo. The award was presented during the 2014 NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 4.
Bouchard has led Couche-Tard’s growth as the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry and the second largest independent convenience store operator in terms of number of stores in North America.
Today, Couche-Tard’s convenience store network spans more than 6,200 stores in North America; 2,300 stores across Scandinavia, the Baltics, Poland and Russia; and, through licensing agreements, more than 4,200 stores in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
Bouchard has contributed, along with his team, in transforming the image of the convenience store in the minds of North American consumers.
The stores in the Couche-Tard network are well established, according to social-demographic data and precise local knowledge, and Bouchard makes it a point of knowing in-depth customers’ needs and the quality of service they seek.
He also contributes to improving the quality of life of his fellow citizens through his support of social, humanitarian and cultural causes and has developed a sense of leadership that continues to inspire others.
Judges said Bouchard was a transformational leader and a very worthy winner of the inaugural International Convenience Leader of the Year Award.
Bouchard also delivered the keynote address at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe, sharing key inflection points in the company’s history, the characteristics leading to its success and his perspectives on the future of convenience retailing.
Note to editors: Images available upon request.
About Insight Research
Insight Research (insightresearch.co.uk) is a U.K.-based strategy, publishing and events business specializing in the international convenience and fuel retailing industry. It offers international retailers strategic advice in developing effective and profitable convenience retail concepts and new store formats, based upon international benchmarking. Insight Research also publishes Global Convenience Store Focus, a monthly industry newsletter, and broadcasts television programs on the sector through its Retail Vision video platform (retailvision.tv).
Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.