National Grocers Association launches new education program for independent supermarket operators to develop strategic business plan

Arlington, VA, 2016-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) today announced a new education program that will provide in-depth training to develop a strategic business plan that addresses multifaceted business issues faced by independent supermarket operators.

The Sustainable Business Growth Strategies program, sponsored by Unilever, is designed to provide independent supermarket operators with the necessary tools and resources to help executives guide their organization through a rapidly changing grocery industry. Participants will explore a vast range of important issues, including consumer trends, identifying areas of differentiation, change management, and workforce diversity.

“Success in a highly competitive marketplace, such as the independent supermarket industry, requires operators to have plans to quickly adapt and evolve to shifting demands in the marketplace. The Sustainable Business Growth Strategies program aims to help independent supermarket executives who are already leading organizations to further grow financial and sustainability success within their business,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA.

“At Unilever, we are committed to sustainable growth, which means growth that is consistent, profitable, competitive, and responsible. We are excited to partner with NGA and Cornell to deliver a program that helps organizations to address the needs of society and the environment as an enabler of growth,” said Alison Castillo, Director, Industry Relations & Sustainable Living, Unilever North America.

The inaugural meeting will take place September 11 – 15, 2016 at Cornell University. This event is open to NGA retail and wholesaler members. For more information, visit

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SOURCE:  National Grocers Association