GC Buying Group recently announced the winners of the group’s ninth annual Vendor Best Awards. Store members began submitting votes for the Vendor Best Awards during GC’s Start the Year Member Conference, held during the International Gift & Home Furnishings Market in Atlanta, GA. Store members were allotted one vote for each of the seven categories and Best Overall Vendor was determined by the Vendor who received the highest number of awards.
“It thrills me every year to present the GC Vendor Best Awards,” said Janis Johnson, founder and president, GC Buying Group. “The strong support and commitment that our Vendors provide is unmatched and unyielding, working hard every single day to ensure the success of our independent retailers. The awards are the perfect platform to show our high level of gratitude for these remarkable Vendors.”
The winners of the Vendor Best Awards are as follows:
- In Stock: RSVP
- Best Shipping: True Brands
- In Store Fixtures: Le Creuset
- Most Creative: Le Creuset
- Customer Service: Le Creuset
- In-store Signage: Wusthof
- Most Creative Product: New Metro, Angry Mama
- Overall Best Vendor: Le Creuset
“We take much pride and honor for being recognized by the members of GC, said Bob Kerber, vp/sales, Le Creuset. “The independent gourmet channel is very important to our brand as we continue to invest resources here. Being recognized for these investments is proof to us that we are doing it right. We stand committed to driving demand for our retail partners by bringing forth new and innovative products, best in class content and merchandising materials, and a sales team committed to supporting you – exceeding what you expect in a best in class vendor partner,” he added.