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CatManTraining Program, Level 3 CPSA

This advanced training program is designed to build skills in areas like shopper and product supply. It includes a set of on-demand courses that gives participants the skills to function at an advanced level in their role in retail / CPG / FMCG.  This program meets all learning requirements for the CPSA designation.    Who should take this course? For those looking for an advanced understanding of Category Management - and/or who is looking to achieve CMA designation at the CPSA level.   Program Details   Approximately 20 hours course time  Prerequisite: Intermediate category management understanding and/or CPCM Designation (if you are looking for CMA certification).  Note that the CPSA level does not include exam preparation materials as certification is by an essay-based exam that also considers the candidate's experience.  Buy Advanced / CPSA Category Management Training Program ($499) from CMKG.ORG  

CatManTraining Program, Levels 1-2 CPCA-CPCM

This category management training program spans the foundations of Category Management from the foundational to the intermediate level with a focus on in-depth data and analysis. It's a great program if you have a limited background or need a refresher in the foundations, if you want a good general knowledge of CatMan data and analytics, or if you are seeking certification at the Certified Professional Category Manager (CPCM) level with the Category Management Association (CMA). Buy Foundational / CPCA + Intermediate / CPCM Category Management Training Program ($1,549) or Certification Package ($1,699) from CMKG.ORG

CatMan Training Program, Level 2 CPCM

This training program is designed to build category management skills at an intermediate level, including in-depth data and analytics across key data sources and the category tactics.  It includes a set of on-demand courses that will give participants skills to function at an intermediate level in their catman or sales role in retail / CPG / FMCG.  This program meets all learning requirements for the Certified Professional Category Manager (CPCM) designation with the CMA for those who are interested.   Who should take this course? Retail, catman, sales and shopper teams looking for an intermediate understanding of Category Management and/or who is looking to achieve CPCM certification.   Program Details   Approximately 30-35 hours course time  Prerequisite: Foundational / CPCA  Buy Intermediate / CPCM Category Management Training Program ($999) or Certification Package ($1,099) from CMKG.ORG

CatMan Training Program, Level 1 CPCA

This set of foundational courses gives a solid grounding in the catman process, analytics and presentation skills. This program meets all learning requirements for the designation of Certified Professional Category Analyst (CPCA) designation for those who are interested in certification.   Who should take this course? Retail, catman, sales and shopper teams looking for an intermediate understanding of Category Management and/or who is looking to achieve CPCA certification.  Program Details   Approx. 30-35 hours course time No prerequisites Available in Spanish

Shopper Insights Training Program, Levels 1–3

This set of courses builds important strategic foundations that help participants better understand the Shopper focus in category management, retail, shopper insights, and shopper marketing.    Who should take this course? Individuals and teams looking for a more strategic approach within shopper insights.  Program Details   Approx. 30 hours course time No prerequisites Includes access to Annual Learning Subscription, including 6, live Virtual Training sessions, 25+ recorded Virtual Training sessions, and CMKG-exclusive resources.

Shopper Insights Training Program, Level 3

This set of courses builds important strategic foundations that help participants better understand the Shopper focus in category management, retail, shopper insights, and shopper marketing.    Who should take this course? Individuals and teams looking for a more strategic approach within shopper insights.  Program Details   Approx. 10 hours course time No prerequisites Includes access to Annual Learning Subscription, including 6, live Virtual Training sessions, 25+ recorded Virtual Training sessions, and CMKG-exclusive resources.

Shopper Insights Training Program, Level 2

This set of courses builds important strategic foundations that help participants better understand the Shopper focus in category management, retail, shopper insights, and shopper marketing.    Who should take this course? Individuals and teams looking for a more strategic approach within shopper insights.  Program Details   Approx. 10 hours course time No prerequisites Includes access to Annual Learning Subscription, including 6, live Virtual Training sessions, 25+ recorded Virtual Training sessions, and CMKG-exclusive resources.

Shopper Insights Training Program, Level 1

This set of courses builds important strategic foundations that help participants better understand the Shopper focus in category management, retail, shopper insights, and shopper marketing.    Who should take this course? Individuals and teams looking for a more strategic approach within shopper insights.  Program Details   Approx. 10 hours course time No prerequisites Includes access to Annual Learning Subscription, including 6, live Virtual Training sessions, 25+ recorded Virtual Training sessions, and CMKG-exclusive resources.

Proficiency In Excel

This accredited program builds your Excel skills, no matter where you are in your learning process to help you become more proficient in developing and analyzing Excel spreadsheets using category management data. Your program is broken into different mini-modules that start with the basics, followed by intermediate and advanced topics. Each mini module includes a how-to video, followed by a workshop where you will complete examples that were taught in the video.  Proficiency In Excel ($149) from CMKG.ORG  

Sales Training Program

On-Demand training to build a more diversified skillset need to grow beyond a traditional sales approach. Learn new skills in critical areas of Retail Understanding, Data & Analytics, Presentations & Storytelling, and Staying Relevant. Create a path for greater business success by learning to develop better solutions and presentations for your retail customers. Learn more about Sales Training & Assessment Solutions.

Understanding Retailer Strategy and Category Management 2

This accredited program builds proficiency in the category management process at a deep level, including category definition, roles, strategies, and implementation of the plan.  By moving into more depth about the category management process, you will learn to effectively set up your categories for success through these more detailed foundations in category management. Buy Understanding Retailer Strategy and Category Management 2 ($369) from CMKG.ORG  

Advanced Retailer Understanding

This accredited skill development training program builds proficiency in understanding Retailer's business goals and objectives. Understanding a Retailer’s income statement, product supply measures, and the product supply chain will give you new perspective that you can apply to future decisions and recommendations that you make. Buy Advanced Retailer Understanding ($198) from CMKG.ORG  

Proficiency in Understanding and Using Data 1

Learn about how to use key category management data sources (including panel data, interaction data, retail POS data, scanned sales data), so that you will be confident when using these important data sources in your own work. Buy Proficiency in Understanding and Using Data 1 ($198) from CMKG.ORG  

Proficiency in Understanding and Using Data 2

Learn about the key category management data sources (including retail scanned sales, syndicated, consumer panel, shipment, big data) from a topline perspective, so that you can be confident when using any data sources in your work. Buy Proficiency in Understanding and Using Data 2 ($198) from CMKG.ORG  

Category and Business Insights 1

Learning how to turn data into insights and insights into action can be done in simple yet powerful ways — a truly important skill for sales, marketing, and category management professionals. Buy Category and Business Insights 1 ($198) from CMKG.ORG  

Category and Business Insights 2

Complete health checks on your categories/brands are truly necessary to understand the big picture perspective of overall performance. This includes an in-depth understanding of consumer trends, the economy, competitive environment, and each tactic. A deep understanding will highlight strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for your categories or brands that may not be apparent from a topline look at the data. Buy Category and Business Insights 2 ($198) from CMKG.ORG  

Assortment & Space Management Skills

This program builds your skills to help you make better recommendations or decisions that affect product assortment and the retailer's shelf through a better understanding of each of these tactics.  Do you ever think how the decisions or recommendations that you make affect product assortment or space management for the retailer (like innovation, product lineup changes, promotion, display)? Learn how to make more strategic decisions or recommendations by better understanding these two important tactics.  Buy Assortment & Space Management Skills ($297) from CMKG.ORG  

Consumer and Shopper Analytics and Insights

This program builds your skills in the area of shopper understanding, with a focus on the retailer's shopper and approaches to market to their shopper. Understanding the Shopper is a priority for most Retailers and Suppliers. By building these skills, you will learn to consider different approaches to understand and reach the Shopper, ultimately creating more effective solutions that result in Shopper satisfaction.  Buy Consumer and Shopper Analytics and Insights ($396) from CMKG.ORG  

Selling Skills 1: Developing Fact-Based Powerpoint & Presentation Skills

Build proficiency in developing compelling PowerPoint presentations using a fact-based approach with logic and flow.  Learn how to take the analytic work you've completed and turn it into a fact-based presentation that looks good, is relevant for your audience, has logic & flow and tells a story. This is where art and science meet. Buy Selling Skills 1: Developing Fact-Based Powerpoint & Presentation Skills ($198) from CMKG.ORG  

Creating Category Reviews to Reflect the Omni-Channel

In today’s world, both retailers and manufacturers must gain a deep understanding of shopper needs and behaviors to better inform their marketing activity. Category reviews focused on a single channel are no longer sufficient to meet changing Consumer and Shopper needs, and this requires organizations to move beyond traditional data sources into some new and exciting territory. In this course learners will see examples of new data, measures and insights that are available for a deeper Shopper understanding and how they affect the category review process. 

CatMan Foundations

Before you can create an effective CatMan approach and deliver compelling business results, you first need to master the fundamentals. Through a comprehensive understanding of category management, how it works, and why it's important for your business, you'll be able to expertly utilize data, insights, and analytics to uncover new opportunities and create a strong CatMan approach to successfully meet your immediate and bigger-picture goals. This virtual classroom training will provide you with a thorough understanding of CatMan foundations, the key steps of the CatMan process, and how to integrate an effective CatMan approach to your business.

CatMan 2.0


*Training Topics, Format, or Audience: CatMan 2.0 Update Organization & Team Solutions Virtual Learning
The category management process has changed to reflect more complex data, increasingly complicated technologies, more sophisticated Shoppers, and an evolving retail Omni-Channel. And, as the industry continues to rapidly evolve and present new challenges, your strategic CatMan approach must adapt to meet the needs of the new Shopper and Omni-Channel. This virtual classroom training will dive into the most important changes to the category management process, the implications they have for your team and for navigating your business into the future, and will provide your team with the skills necessary to implement an effective CatMan strategy to keep up with this ever-changing industry.

Working with Limited Data

Despite all the new data sources available in today’s world, many of us still find ourselves in “low data” scenarios, whether it’s in an entire industry, a region, or a category. The good news is that limited data doesn’t mean you can’t do category management — it just means that you have to get more creative and rely more on ad hoc research (like consumer focus groups and insight studies), audit data (like shelf space and number of flyers) and even supplier shipment data (for market information).  This virtual classroom training will give your team the skills to create an effective category management approach in a limited data environment. You'll gain meaningful insights into maximizing data, learn to optimize creative data sources, and better understand the type of collaboration and trust needed between Retailers and Manufacturers. 

Improve Your Virtual Meetings

Virtual meetings are now essential for CPG and retail organizations to maintain productivity and continuity during the pandemic. They can make it easy to align teams, keep employees engaged, and collaborate with clients and vendors. But even if virtual meetings have been part of your work routine for a while, you may still fall victim to virtual meeting faux pas or even worse — bored, distracted, or confused attendees causing a lack of real progress. This virtual classroom training will provide best practices and approaches to keep your team’s virtual meetings productive, impactful and interactive.

Data to Insights

With more complex data available, along with the sheer amount of data right at our fingertips, identifying what's relevant and important versus what isn't becomes more of a challenge. To effectively analyze and derive compelling insights from massive amounts of data you'll need to expertly distinguish between facts and insights and sift through the noise to recognize data points relevant to your specific business situation. This virtual classroom training provides teams with the tools and skills to make more fact-based strategic insights to help grow their business and partnerships, create new solutions, and uncover new opportunities for their business.

Collaboration and Joint Business Planning

Project missteps and misunderstandings often arise when there's a lack of effective collaboration between partners. Without a framework in place to foster collaboration, individuals often end up with different goals and expectations, resulting in wasted time, energy, and resources.  This virtual classroom training provides learners with the key skills to enable successful collaboration between both internal and external partners. Through a comprehensive understanding of joint business planning, participants are able to implement JBP strategies to solve their customers' key business issues, navigate expectations and next steps, and become more effective consultative category professionals.   

Category Management in eCommerce

As more industries move their sales and business online, cultivating skills to successfully navigate the eCommerce space is now more important than ever. Luckily, with the right tools and training you can easily open up opportunities in the online sphere and adapt brick and mortar category management strategies for the eCommerce space.  This virtual classroom training explores the new eCommerce landscape, the challenges you'll face, and how to extend category management strategies beyond brick and mortar to ensure your success and increased Shopper satisfaction. 

Developing Your Presentation


*Training Topics, Format, or Audience: Presentations Organization & Team Solutions Virtual Learning
While we spend a great deal of time analyzing data and drawing insights, rarely do we put the same time, energy, and consideration into building the presentation — from visuals to flow to story. By building a sleeker and more compelling presentation, individuals are more likely to get people to say "yes" to their ideas. This virtual classroom training helps learners prepare and develop captivating presentations by pinpointing where they can improve storytelling, how to better translate their ideas into visuals, and increase engagement with their audience.

Data Visualization

As our data-driven world evolves in retail and CPG, so does the need for us to hone our skills. Communicating data insights effectively can be a challenge, and key information often gets lost in the overwhelming noise of numbers and statistics. That's why, by integrating data visualization strategies, learners can control the chaos and easily see and understand trends, outliers, and patterns in data. This virtual classroom training shows participants how to implement visual elements into their data-driven presentations, enabling them to tell a clear and informative story. With data visualization techniques, learners ensure their team and clients always walk away with a comprehensive understanding of their data analysis and insights.

Storyboarding


*Training Topics, Format, or Audience: Presentations Organization & Team Solutions Virtual Learning
Presentation skills continue to be an area that we can all improve on. With only a short amount of time to communicate goals and urge your team or clients to action, creating a captivating and clear presentation is crucial. This virtual classroom training provides teams with the skills and tools to craft better presentations through storyboarding that clearly define goals, draw insights, and identify opportunities for both their team and clients.

CatMan Training Program, Level 4 Master’s

The CatMan Master's Series is a set of 12 virtual courses (recorded) with information about CatMan 2.0™ that will impact individuals’ day-to-day and futures role using an updated, advanced category management process. Get yourself or your team ready with topic-based recorded virtual courses that help learners apply new & refreshed Catman 2.0 principles through examples, strategies and tips. Who should take this program? Category management practitioners, analysts, sales, marketing and other roles who want to move to more advanced. What will I learn? How each topic is, or will be, affected by changes in the industry, Shopper, and CatMan 2.0. How to incorporate the most relevant topics into participants existing category management framework. How to apply new concepts in day-to-day work. How to speak to one’s manager, peers, and customers about the changing dynamics across different topics with clarity and understanding. How to determine which topics are the biggest priorities and opportunities for learners and their role. 

CatMan Training Program, All Courses

This category management training program gives you access to all of our accredited and non-accredited category management courses at the Foundational, Intermediate and Advanced levels, plus an additional 6 non-accredited courses.  Learn everything you possibly can about category management in this expanded set of accredited and non-accredited courses. If you are serious about category management and want to become proficient at all levels, this program is ideal for you, and gives you the best bang for your buck. An "all course access" gives you access to 34 courses (29 accredited and 5 non-accredited), with two years access to the full program in our Online Training & Resource Center. Buy All Course Category Management Training Program ($2,149) from CMKG.ORG  

New Skills for Virtual Sales

Virtual sales meetings are already a fact of life, but too many businesses are still relying on the in-person experience, which creates friction rather than deals. Virtual sales meetings require new skills, specific kinds of prep, rapport-building strategies, facilitation best practices, and tools. This 2-hour virtual classroom training will build your team’s abilities and confidence in a newly virtual world by addressing the critical factors to avoid undesirable results in your upcoming virtual sales meetings.