Entries are now open for the 2017 Peter Jowett Scholarship Awards, the platform for NZACS members to challenge their peers in NZ and globally.

This year, entrants are asked to detail two ‘Bright Ideas’ that they think will ensure the profitable growth of convenience stores into the future. The two winners of the title will also receive a trophy, return flight and accommodation to the 2017 NACS show in Chicago, scheduled for 16-20 October.

Unlike previous years, with separate categories for suppliers and retailers, the 2017 competition is open to both suppliers and retailers, choosing two overall winners.

Employees from NZACS member companies need to select candidates aged between 21 and 36. Registrations will remain open until 30 April 2017, and submissions can be emailed to dave@retailworx.co.nz by 30 June 2017, including a 10-slide Powerpoint presentation, an executive summary covering all relevant elements and the applicant’s biography.

Six finalists will then be selected based on the way they addressed the question, innovative thinking, opportunity to implement the idea and quality of presentation. Winners are to be announced at the Peter Jowett and Industry Awards event scheduled for August 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland.