NETWORK EXPANSION

WE ARE MEMBER LED: YOU HELP SHAPE OUR INDUSTRY

As the industry’s leading association in Category Management and Shopper Insights, we know the value in building relationships. As such, the CMA | SIMA hosts a variety of targeted events to keep members and industry professionals up to date on the latest industry trends, best practices, and of course… to provide first-class networking opportunities with your peers.

ARC IN ACTION

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The CMA | SIMA Annual Conference brings together our global network for three days of learning, connections, and growth. Whether it’s the insightful sessions, a firsthand look at the latest in technology, or the opportunity to network with over 250 companies represented; if you are in retail or manufacturing, this is the place to be seen.

REGIONAL NETWORKING EVENTS

In the Fall of 2023, join us in Chicago, Philadelphia, Bentonville, Atlanta, or Seattle and get ready for a one-of-a-kind mixer event featuring drinks, small bites, entertainment, and most importantly, you! Step away from your screen, catch up with industry friends, and build your network.

SPACE PLANNING COMMUNITY

The Space Planning Community is a collaborative, non-competitive environment for retailers, consumer goods companies, and brokers to learn, connect, and advance the retail space management profession.

PRIVATE NETWORKING GROUPS

Each quarter, the CMS and SIMA host several Private Networking Groups (PNGs) made up of suppliers and retailers to discuss best practices and industry pain points. Participation in these groups is by request only (to avoid competitive overlap). This is where some of the industry’s best devise actionable insights.

WORK GROUPS & COMMITTEES

To ensure we stay ahead of the latest trends within our industry and to provide timely and actionable resources, we have developed Work Groups and Training review committees. Comprised of the top thought leaders within the category Management and Shopper Insights space, participation in these workgroups and committees is limited and by invitation only.

WOMEN’S ALLIANCE

The Women’s Alliance is an initiative lead by female leaders from the CPG and retailer industry within our membership. The association works closely with leaders to provide in-person and virtual discussion that support the advancement of women within the industry.

PHOTO ALBUM

“The goal is to create content that makes a real impact. We form work groups of both CPGs and retailers to work together, and have real dialogue, in order to raise this function (Category Management) and keep it an engine of growth within retail organizations.”

- Mike Gervasio, VP of Category Leadership, PepsiCo

“It was great to connect ‘in-real-life’ with people I’ve only seen virtually over the years along with making new connections, which is even more important and gratifying in our new remote ways of working.”

Cincinnati Mix & Mingle

- Madeline Watson, Kellogg

“Category management is different in the automotive aftermarket channel, especially when it comes to the back-room parts, or categories sold behind the counter like ours. It’s so valuable to connect with others in that space on a regular basis to see what they’re working on and share best practices.”

- Auto Aftermarket PNG Participant

I WANT TO NETWORK!

Interested in receiving emails about upcoming networking opportunities or membership to participate in networking opportunities?