Private Label Manufacturers University Student Outreach Program

Interested in private label brands?

The Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) offers an annual four-day program on the fundamentals of the store brands business in Chicago, Illinois to a small group of university students.

The program, University Outreach, includes an overview of retailing and store brands development in the U.S. and internationally, the role of store brand manufacturers and of the chains who sell them, generational marketing, eCommerce, and a hands-on store lab hosted by nearby stores with superlative private label programs. What makes the program so unique is the mentorship phase, which connects each student, one on one, for a part of a day with an exhibiting manufacturer representative, and also provides an opportunity to shadow a retail buyer as they conduct strategic business in real time.

Application process

Students at Texas A&M can apply to attend the event November 11-14,  2023 by applying through the Center for Retailing Studies by Tuesday, September 12th at 11:59pm.

Students selected to attend the PLMA University Outreach Program will be notified by Thursday, 9/14 and will be required to complete an additional form provided by the Center for Retailing Studies Director by Friday.

Applications are due:   Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 11:59pm

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“The PLMA University Outreach Program was one of the most incredible and invaluable learning opportunities. I was able to network with influential leaders, learn about current industry trends globally, see how grocery retailers are staying competitive, and hear personal stories of triumph and success in the private label food industry. This program offered me lifelong connections, wisdom, and inspiration and I can never thank the program or the Center for Retailing Studies enough for the fantastic opportunity!”

LeAnn Percivill ’20