Symphony EYC and Topco to provide retail members with both insights and reports to help drive ID store sales

Partnership provides Topco members and suppliers with better understanding of consumer shopping patterns and decision-making across the aggregate, helping drive business growth and gaining a sustainable competitive advantage.

PALO ALTO, CA, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Symphony EYC, the leading provider of software and services for retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers, and Topco Associates, LLC, the largest food buying cooperative in the United States, have announced the establishment of an aggregated solution to provide Topco member retailers with both insights and reports to help drive ID store sales.

Together, Symphony EYC and Topco are able to deliver an aggregated set of customer data across multiple member retailers that can be shared with their Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) partners, allowing Topco members and CPG partners to design and run better programs that ultimately deliver higher sales. In addition, through this partnership with Symphony EYC, Topco will further leverage customer insights into their own-brand label business supporting their member retailers.

Symphony EYC and Topco will provide members with access to segmentation solutions and innovative cloud-based Category Management capabilities. Additionally, Topco members, who represent some of the strongest and most trusted regional retailers in the US, will benefit from:

 Increased ID store sales due to better customer insights driving better plans
 Improved partnership and support from CPGs using the retailers customer data
 Ability to drive scale
 Stronger private label offerings developed using customer insights

“Symphony EYC is proud to partner with Topco to provide our customer-centric retailing solutions and services to its participating member retailers who are a diverse and strong group of regional retailers that span the US market,” said Dr Pallab Chatterjee, Chairman and CEO of Symphony EYC. “Together, we will deliver scalable customer insights that will further strengthen the retailers and allow CPG partners to effectively leverage this valuable information to drive their results as well.”

“We view this partnership with Symphony EYC as another opportunity for our members to collaborate and achieve greater value. By collectively leveraging Symphony EYC’s customer-centric insights and reporting, we’re creating richer insights and helping Topco members better understand consumers and their buying decisions,” said Randy Skoda, President and CEO of Topco.

About Symphony EYC

Symphony EYC, a leading provider of software and services for insights-driven customer engagement, partners with leading retailers and manufacturers in over 70 countries to deliver increased margins, profits and loyalty by enabling a more consistent customer retail experience. The simple, intuitive cloud-based software apps, big data analytic solutions and services, as well as Symphony EYC’s innovative omni-channel loyalty management platform, enable value creating customer-centric retailing opportunities that align to delight existing and attract new customers.

Symphony EYC solutions help power the Symphony Retail Cloud, the industry’s first rolebased, customer-centric cloud solution that enables retailers and manufacturers to deliver more than two percent revenue growth by translating customer intelligence into insights and actions that drive bottom-line decisions. More at www.symphonyretailcloud.com

About Topco Associates LLC

Topco Associates LLC is an over $15 billion, privately held company that provides aggregation, innovation and knowledge management solutions for its leading food industry member-owners and customers, including grocery retailers, wholesalers and food service suppliers. Topco leverages the collective volume, knowledge and commitment of these companies to create a competitive advantage in the marketplace by reducing costs and offering winning business-building capabilities. For more information, please visit www.topco.com

For additional information please contact:
Symphony EYC

Joan Geoghegan
joan@cavalier-communications.com
978-371-3921

Topco Associates
Nancy Antol
nantol@topco.com
847-329-3386

Source: Topco Associates LLC

Topco announces management appointments

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, ILL., 2016-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topco Associates, LLC announced the appointment of two officers. Anjani Bhargava has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Danell O’Neill has been promoted to Vice President, Corporate Communications.

As Topco’s CHRO, Bhargava will have overall responsibility for the company’s Human Resources function, which includes developing and implementing Topco’s human capital strategy through comprehensive initiatives and programs. Bhargava will report directly to Topco’s President and CEO, Randy Skoda. “The most valuable part of Topco is our people. Moving our business forward begins with this intellectual capital, and Anjani brings thought leadership, a collaborative style and a hands-on approach to achieving results through people and processes,” Skoda said. “I look forward to Anjani’s leadership across our Human Resources initiatives as we continue to develop a world-class human capital strategy that further advances Topco’s mission of helping drive value for our membership.”

Bhargava comes to Topco with extensive experience working with senior executives on leadership effectiveness, talent management, organization design and building strategic human resources functions at companies such as Best Buy, Biogen, Con Agra, CDW, McDonalds and Xerox. Prior to her consulting work, Bhargava held a key leadership position at Lenovo where she led the Global Organization Development, Talent Management, Culture and Human Resources M&A functions. She also held senior Human Resources roles at Pepsi and Motorola. Bhargava has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside and her advanced training in Organizational Psychology from Northern Illinois University.

In the newly created role of Vice President, Corporate Communications, Danell O’Neill will continue to manage messaging that promotes and enhances Topco’s brand reputation for all stakeholders across all channels. A key pillar of this role will include the development and implementation of an integrated strategic communications plan that is aligned to the organization’s strategic planning process. This plan will advance the company’s brand identity, broaden awareness of its programs and priorities, and increase the visibility of its programs across key stakeholder audiences. “Under Danell’s leadership, the role of communications within Topco has become an invaluable asset that has helped to advance our position with relevant constituents, driving broader awareness, understanding and support for the organization. The need for strong communications remains critical as Topco continues to evolve its work with the membership,” said Skoda.

O’Neil joined Topco in 2013 after leading Topco’s Corporate Communications functions as a consultant for more than a year. Prior to joining Topco, O’Neill was a managing partner of a consulting company. She also held communications roles at Honeywell, Accenture and The Nielsen Company where she was Vice President of Corporate Communications.

ABOUT TOPCO ASSOCIATES LLC
Topco Associates LLC is a $15.3 billion, privately held company that provides aggregation, innovation and knowledge management solutions for its leading food industry member-owners and customers, including grocery retailers, wholesalers and food service suppliers. Topco leverages the collective volume, knowledge and commitment of these companies to create a competitive advantage in the marketplace by reducing costs and offering winning business building capabilities. For more information, please visit www.topco.com.

Media Contact:
Adam Schoor
Manager, Corporate Communications
847-745-2396
aschoor@topco.com

Source: Topco

 

Topco to assume the procurement and marketing services for Western Family’s own brand products

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill., 2016-Jun-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topco Associates, LLC announced today that Western Family member-owners have expanded their relationship with Topco. Specifically under this new agreement, Topco will assume the procurement and marketing services for Western Family’s own brand products including the Western Family, Shurfine, Natural Directions and ShurSaving brands.

This agreement results in expanded relationships with the following members who carry these brands:

• Affiliated Foods, Inc. – Amarillo, TX
• Associated Food Stores, Inc. – Salt Lake City, UT
• Associated Grocers of New England, Inc.
• Piggly Wiggly Alabama Distributing Company, Inc.
• Olean Wholesale Grocery Cooperative, Inc.
• Unified Grocers, Inc. • URM Stores, Inc.

Western Family has been purchasing health and beauty care (HBC) products from Topco on behalf of its seven member-owners for more than three years. Broadening this participation into additional programs is the next evolution of this relationship with Topco. “This expansion further enhances the collective strength of Topco and the membership, and we look forward to working with these member-owners to help drive increased value for their companies and customers,” said Randy Skoda, President and CEO, Topco.

Topco’s experience, coupled with their economies of scale, will be a benefit to our independent retailers making it easier for them to remain competitive, while continuing to offer the same quality Western Family products consumers have trusted for over 50 years,” said Ron King, President, Western Family Foods.

About Topco Associates LLC

Topco Associates LLC is a $15 billion, privately held company that provides aggregation, innovation and knowledge management solutions for its leading food industry member-owners and customers, including grocery retailers, wholesalers and food service suppliers. Topco leverages the collective volume, knowledge and commitment of these companies to create a competitive advantage in the marketplace by reducing costs and offering winning business building capabilities.

For more information, please visit www.topco.com.

Media contact:

Danell O’Neill
doneill@topco.com

Source: Topco