College students develop strategies for real-life
retail challenges in annual contest
Washington, D.C. – The NGA Foundation, the 501(c)3 nonprofit arm of the National Grocers Association, is pleased to announce that Missouri-based Dierbergs Markets will be the participating retailer in the 2023 Student Case Study Competition.
Hosted annually by the NGA Foundation, the Student Case Study Competition brings college students from across the country to the NGA Show where they present solutions to an issue currently impacting the independent grocery industry. The program allows students to interact with an independent grocer and ground their education with real-life experience. Participants move through three rounds of judging from food industry professionals, and the winners and their schools receive a cash prize.
“Dierbergs is honored to be a part of a program that’s focused on nurturing the next generation of leadership for our industry,” said Erica Campbell, director of talent management for Dierbergs Markets, which operates 26 stores in the greater St. Louis area. “We look forward to the insights that this age group will bring to the table, as they reflect the thoughts of the emerging workforce as well as an increasingly important demographic of consumers.”
The topic for the 2023 competition is employee recruitment and retention. As independent grocers emerge from the pandemic, they are experiencing a major labor shortage. The pandemic spawned “The Great Resignation,” as workers forced into remote working situations have taken the opportunity to reassess what they truly want out of their jobs. They’ve redefined compensation to transcend money, to include a favorable work-life balance as well as the desire to be a part of a greater social mission.
Student case study presentations will focus on developing a comprehensive recruitment and retention strategy for Dierbergs that delivers the best combination of internal benefits with competitive corporate positioning.
The NGA Foundation Student Case Study Competition strives to further the professional development of collegiate students pursuing degrees in food and retail programs and provides student teams the opportunity to creatively address a real-world issue currently impacting the industry.
“I’m thrilled that the topic of recruitment and retention this year is so relevant for NGA’s members,” said NGA Foundation Director Chelsea Matzen. “This topic is also at the core of the foundation’s mission.”
Dierbergs joins the ranks of many noteworthy independent retailers who are selected each year as the subject of the competition. Previous retailers have included Woodman’s Food Markets, Karns Quality Foods and Buehler’s Fresh Foods.
The 2023 competition will be held during The NGA Show, Feb. 26-28 at Caesars Forum Convention Center in Las Vegas.
NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale community grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for about 1.2 percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages and $36 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers located in every congressional district across the country, as well as state grocers’ associations, manufacturers and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org.
About the NGA Foundation
The NGA Foundation is the 501(c)3 nonprofit arm of the National Grocers Association. The Foundation provides independent retailers with tools to develop more effective recruiting programs, enhance retention efforts and bolster professional leadership development opportunities for employers. For more information, visit www.ngafoundation.org.
About Dierbergs Markets
Dierbergs Markets, a fourth-generation family grocery store with roots traced back to a country store, was founded in West St. Louis County in 1854. Dierbergs prioritizes serving its customers and communities. Today, the retailer employs more than 4,000 associates at 25 St. Louis metropolitan-area stores and one location at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks.