March 2017 Newsletter: A final look at an innovative, memorable year

logo_2015By Kevin Doyle

Content Editor

While our focus is on the promise of 2017, we wanted to share one final look at our very busy and innovative 2016.

“2017 is an exciting year for The Nexxus Group; our technology solutions and our client needs are in extreme alliance.  After the historic expansion in category launches in 2016 and the realization that our solutions save time and money for our partners, we are thrilled to investigate each new opportunity together,” said Nexxus Group CEO Mark Landgren.    

TECHNOLOGY

We rolled out our proprietary NexxHub™ platform in February, further enhancing our industry standard Scan Based Trading (SBT) services and expanding our capabilities with subscription access to our business intelligence solution that provide you new ways to aggregate and display actionable information. Our network includes 71,000 retail locations and more than 6,000 distributors and manufacturers throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Our Charlotte, NC team moved into its spacious new home in February, located at 10815 Sikes Place, Suite 210. The location features a comfortable reception area, reliable high-speed fiber optic data connection, integrated telephones with Nexxus headquarters and a beautiful new conference room. Easy access to Charlotte Douglas International AirportUptown Charlotte and numerous eateries made this move a big winner.

CLIENTS and PROGRAMS

Our client roster grew to include Weis Markets of Sunbury, PA; Stewart’s Shops of Saratoga Springs, NY; Mirabito Holdings, Inc. of Binghamton, NY;  and Brookshire Brothers of Lufkin, TX.

We also:

  • Expanded our existing program with Circle K, adding more than 1500 former Pantry Stores locations that joined the global Circle K family.
  • Continued building our growing relationship with Amerigas, adding thousands of locations to our platform at 7 Eleven and Circle K.
  • Revitalized our full-service Krispy Kreme program that launched for Walmart on Nov. 4, 2016. Royal Farms and Schnucks were brought on board as well.
  • Enjoyed great success with our flower programs in 2016, adding sales to more than 15 retailers for Valentines and Mother’s Day and continuing sales throughout the year with multiple retail partners.
  • Closed the year finalizing our first product launch of 2017 which occurred on Jan. 2 with United Packaged Ice Company for 251 CEFCO Convenience Stores locations.

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Shifting Positions:

team-cynthia-mccarthy-ginmanThe Nexxus Group® has named Cynthia Ginman to the newly created management position of Vice President of Sales Operations.

Ginman joined Nexxus in April 2008 as Director of Sales and since 2014 has served as the company’s Vice President of IT Services. In her new role she will be responsible for driving revenues and new growth for 2017 and beyond.

“Since 2008, Cynthia has contributed greatly to the growth of our company. There is tremendous potential in the sales pipeline and we are asking Cynthia to lead the charge with the sales team to attain the exciting goals we have,” said Nexxus President Russ Fant.

Cynthia came to Nexxus with more than 20 years of retail and operations experience. She worked as a regional and national circulation manager for The Wall Street Journal, and as a national marketing and sales manager for USA TODAY. She was involved in key technology upgrades and implemented Scan Based Trading programs to enhance internal and external inventory management, financial processing and reporting.

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New To The Team:

Headshot - BillThe Nexxus Group® has added Bill Keating to its management team in the role of Chief Financial Officer.

Bill most recently served in the same capacity for Micropore, Inc. of Elkton, MD, a manufacturer of proprietary structured gas adsorbents and adsorbent systems. Bill provides Nexxus with a deep and varied background across a variety of industries.

As CFO, Bill brings a wealth of experience to the position and we are very fortunate that we were able to find someone of his caliber to fill this role. We have no doubt that Bill will play a key strategic and financial role in our continued growth,” said company CEO Mark Landgren.

After his position on the finance faculty at Bentley University, he joined Polaroid Corporation in its corporate strategy group before moving into the controllership. Bill returned to Polaroid after a couple of stints in the ecommerce world at the outbreak of the dot-com era to help carve out Polaroid’s large Identification Systems business and integrate it into Digimarc, a publicly traded entity.

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Route Management Tip:

Add your Account / Route Numbers to your Nexxus Account

For our Enhanced Users, there are options on your Nexxus account that are for your maintenance and convenience only. Adding Account or Route numbers for your Nexxus Retailer assignments is one of these options.

This feature is designed to allow you to add these internal route numbers to your assignments. When running your Nexxus reports, these numbers will also populate to ease with the task of reconciling your sales and payments from Nexxus.

To access this feature, select “Route Management” from the left hand menu of your Nexxhub account Home screen (http://www.nexxhub.com).

It will prompt you to select the Retailer and Vendor (you may be connected to more than one) you wish to work with. Click “Get Routes” to populate the store assignments for the criteria selected. You may then edit the Account to enter in your Route Identifier.

As stated above, this feature is for you (or members of your company) only. The Nexxus Staff is unable to add, edit, or remove these Account/Route numbers for you. You can make these changes from your account from the same screen you used to add new ones.  When communicating with Nexxus, you will still need to do so using the retailer store numbers.


A Tasty Dish to Share:

We held our annual Guac Off! competition on Wednesday, Feb. 1 … well, because we could. Here’s the winning recipe submitted by our Senior Account Specialist Casandra Judd – in plenty of time for Cinco de Mayo parties everywhere.

(Adjust to taste)

  • 2 ripe avocados, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • ½ cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ½ cup sharp aged cheddar cheese, shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste