Innovation Expo

Thank You for Participating!
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

12:30 pm             Reduce Your Use, Improve Your Profits
From margin, profitablity and customer experience, grocery store owners can make an impact on their business by taking advantage of energy-efficient equipment and programs.
Focus on Energy - presentation
Mehmert Store Services - presentation
Next Energy Solution - presentation

1:30 pm              Re-Inventing the Dairy Department
                            by Cindy Sorenson, Midwest Dairy Association
Grocers who have undertaken dairy reinvention projects have doubled their amount of time shoppers spent in-aisle and added an additional 2.5 dairy products to their cart.  Updating your dairy department can include changes to the flow, signage, new decor packages, or to a complete store remodel.  Walk away from this session with ideas that can be implemented today, tomorrow and the future.
Midwest Dairy Association - Cindy Sorenson - presentation

2:30 pm              Hiring and retaining Employees Best Practices   
                             Becky Rauen, Federated Insurance   
Learn about triple protection options approach that your peers are using successfully to recruit and train top talent. This presentation will help you avoid the pitfalls of employment actions. It will specifically review the necessary documentation, hiring practices, and termination procedures. It will also include additional available resources and tips to avoid litigation.
Federated Insurance - Becky Rauen - presentation

3:30 pm             Grocery Technology 
Panel of experts gather to share their information on e-commerce, grocery apps, loyalty program and cyber security that should be on your mind to compete in today’s market. 
AppCard - Merrick Rosner - loyalty presentation
eGrowcery - Pat Hughes - e-commerce presentation
BakerTilly - Sean Beaton -  cyber security presentation

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

8:30 am               Fresh Marketing
                             Richard "Rick" Stein, Food Marketing Instutuite
Consumers are looking for fresh. In this tough environment , where sales growth is challenging, the "Perimeter " continues to out-perform the rest of the store. What are the consumer top trends in fresh and how can you align with their needs to fuel your growth? Executing a fresh food strategy! Categories include produce, meat, seafood, bakery and Deli -Fresh Prepared.

9:30 am                RETAIL REVOLUTION
 Independent Retailers Compete and Win!
Does Amazon keep you up at night? Do you worry about whether your company has what it takes to remain competitive in a digital age? 
Well, stop... the most exciting aspect of grocery today is not what's happening with the national and multinational big box players. There's more excitement and potential at what's going on in the undercurrent, happening just below the surface of the grocery industry. 
As big box and internet-exclusive players make headlines, a select group of local and regional grocers are becoming the surprise insurgents of a newly-forming retail revolution. 

10:45 - Noon         Grocery Industry Summit,includes:
          • Annual WGA Member Meeting
          • Updates on the Personal Property Tax Repeal
          • Tom Hutchison, Packer Stories – Tom is the Director Emeritus, and co-founder of the Packer Hall of Fame Inc.
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Thank you to all 18 Bag-Off Contestants for participating!

2017 Bag-Off Winners
1st Place  =  Alex Hind, Miller & Sons, Verona
2nd Place = Alex Castro, Webster's Marketplace, Ripon
3rd Place =  Cade Lambrecht, Festival Foods, Appleton
  • 1st Place = $500 and trip to Las Vegas for two in February & trophy
  • 2nd Place = $250 & trophy
  • 3rd Place = $100 & trophy

Please join us in recognizing and rewarding those who continuously go above and beyond the call of duty, by congratulating the 2017 WGA Award winners!  Click on the photos to the left for more information on this year's winners!

WGA staff is currently making surprise announcements for the 2017 Award winners!  Watch for the reveals this summer in the weekly President's Letter and the WGA Weekly Special! 

Mark & Brett Stinebrink
Stinebrink's Piggly Wiggly

The Wisconsin grocery industry’s highest honor, the WGA’s
Grocer of the Year Award, is presented annually to recognize
an individual or individuals for lifetime achievement within
the grocery industry. These honorees exemplify the highest
qualities of leadership in business and in their community;
their influence has positively enhanced the lives of others.

Click here to view past Grocer of the Year winners!

Brett & JoDee Rechek
Rechek's Food Pride
Candie Baker
Webster's Marketplace
Jason Nilssen
Nilssen's Foods
Steve Burkhardt
Festival Foods

The Excellence in Operations Award winners are recognized for their work ethic, commitment to the grocery industry, and for efforts that have positively influenced their company, associates and customers.

Click here to view past Excellence in Operations winners!

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The Vendor of the Year Award recognizes one vendor for their many contributions as a grocery industry partner, helping grocers strategically merchandise products and increase sales in one or multiple store categories. 

Click here for past Vendor of the Year winners!

Ron & Cathy Lamb
Lamb's Fresh Market
Troy Vosburgh
Festival Foods

The grocery store is a key institution within the community, often at the center of community and charity events. The Community Service Award recognizes individuals who embrace their role and go above and beyond with their time and efforts to make a difference. 

Click here for past Community Service Award winners!
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