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2016 Awards for Excellence – Winners

In 2016, RSi launched the Awards for Excellence program, recognizing Best-In-Class Suppliers for their continued efforts to foster a culture of collaboration, innovation and joint value creation in our industry.

The winners of the RSi 2016 Awards for Excellence were announced at CGT Business Technology Leadership Conference (BTLC) in Orlando on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. This 1st Annual Awards program recognized 7 best-in-class supplier teams based on their achievements with data analytics in the retail space. These award winners are supplier teams working directly with their respective retail leaders at Ahold, Target and Walgreens.

Congratulations to all of our winners! If you’re interested in submitting your success story for 2017, please visit the 2017 Awards for Excellence submissions page and fill out our brief questionnaire.


Analytics Rising Star Award Winner:

Stephanie Taffe, Wrigley

target-wrigley-logoStephanie Taffe is the Team Lead for Wrigley at Target and has been using RSi just under a year. This award is given to an individual we consider to be a rising star in data analytics. Although new to RSi’s tools, Stephanie’s work stood out as she was able to make an immediate impact with the Wrigley business. She quickly embraced the power of RSi to tackle and solve every day business challenges.

To learn more about addressing business objectives at Target using RSi, please contact Henry Li at

Pioneering Analytics Innovation Award Winners:

Dan Woltman, Mike Marzano and Mike Galloway, Mondelēz

ahold-mondelez-logoDan Woltman, Sr. Manager Customer Development, Mike Marzano, Solutions Process Expert, Retail Execution, and Mike Galloway, Revenue Management Analyst at Mondelēz, have executed game-changing usages for analytics, influencing new processes and improvements for their teams and in their relationships with retailers.
Mondelēz and Ahold USA worked collaboratively to use direct-store-delivery (DSD) data from RSi to identify authorized voids and develop a functional DSD alerting system. This significantly reduced lost sales, while also improving shopper satisfaction and the in-store experience.

To learn more about RSi capabilities through our Retailer Collaboration Program at Ahold, please contact Tom Elliott at

Analytics Strategy Award Winner:

Joe Alfieri, L’Oréal

walgreens-loreal-logoJoe Alfieri is Director, Supply Chain at L’Oréal USA with a focus on Sales/Inventory, JBP, CPFR, and Forecast Management. Joe received this award for devising and executing a winning, analytics-based strategy that has significantly and positively impacted day-to-day business with Walgreens. Joe is one of the key drivers behind the L’Oréal RSi MYPOS project leveraging RSi analytics and successfully driving collaboration with Walgreens. L’Oréal has emerged as one of the super star collaborators at Walgreens under Joe’s leadership.

For more information about RSi’s Walgreens Retailer Program, please contact Shirley Dong-Terry at

Grand Prize Top Analytic Collaborator Award:

Jenna Dowd and Michael Palmer, Unilever

walgreens-unilever-logoMichael Palmer, Customer Business Manager and Jenna Dowd, Senior Assistant, Category Management Manager at Unilever, have set a new precedent in retailer-supplier collaboration to create best practice processes that benefit retailer and supplier alike. Unilever made a strategic decision two years ago to improve and invest in the Walgreens partnership. Michael was appointed to lead central analytics, tasked with leveraging data oriented insights in order to successfully collaborate with Walgreens. There is no doubt that Unilever has transformed into one of the super star power collaborators at Walgreens as a direct result of this corporate strategic initiative. This grand prize is being awarded to both Jenna Dowd who spearheaded the display optimization project and Michael Palmer for leading the team.

For more information about RSi’s Walgreens Retailer Program, please contact Shirley Dong-Terry at

Special Recognition Award Winner:

Julissa Susanowicz, Danone

ahold-dannon-logoJulissa Susanowicz was instrumental in the success of this use case acting on Danone’s goals for collaborative forecasting to improve service levels and in-store rate, and increase sales. With RSi analytics and frequent meetings with the RSi Channel Director, she created a shared consumption dashboard so the entire team operates under the same performance assumptions.

Please contact Tom Elliott @ for any additional information regarding RSi’s Retailer Program at Ahold USA.

Special Recognition Award Winner:

Curt Cenci, The Hershey Company

target-hershey-logoCurt Cenci, Customer Supply Chain Manager at The Hershey Company, was instrumental in this use case implementing a weekly dashboard that highlighted items below goal and taking action by adding supplemental build orders and item forecast adjustments to reduce out-of-stocks at Target.

To learn more about addressing business objectives at Target using RSi, please contact Henry Li at

Special Recognition Award Winner

Chelsea Lauderback, Unilever

walgreens-unilever-logoChelsea Lauderback, Field Sales Analyst for Unilever, worked collaboratively with the RSi Walgreens Channel Director and the Walgreens Demand Planner using the pre-holiday data and analytics from Retail Solutions to provide new forecasts for 2016 gift packs. Walgreens accepted these store level recommendations of the revised 2016 gift pack forecasting, leading to Walgreens increasing their respective orders.

For more information about RSi’s Walgreens Retailer Program, please contact Shirley Dong-Terry at

2017 GLobal Awards for Excellence

We are now accepting 2017 submissions!