Great Northern Corporation Wins 11 OMA Awards at GlobalShop

Awards include 4 golds, 3 silvers and 4 bronzes

APPLETON, Wis., March 27, 2014 – Great Northern Corporation recently took home 11 awards — including four gold, three silver and four bronze awards — from GlobalShop 2014, the world’s largest annual retail design and marketing event.

Point of Purchase Advertising International (POPAI) announced the winners of its 56th annual Outstanding Marketing at Retail Achievement (OMA) Awards Competition during GlobalShop 2014, held March 18-20 in Las Vegas. Entries were judged on design, innovation, interactivity and the proven ability to lift sales.

“We are very pleased to be recognized so strongly in the industry,” said Mike Schliesmann, Great Northern senior vice president, business unit manager. “And we’re happy for our customers who during the course of the judging term were able to achieve these successful merchandising campaigns and product launches with the help of our creative input.”

Great Northern’s entries earning awards and their categories are:


Nestle Purina Lift Test Full Pallet: General Merchandise
Mattel Disney Holiday Sleigh Half Pallet: Toys
Logitech Color Collection Pallet: Specialty Retailers and Services
John Frieda Counter Display: Hair Care and Skin Care


Nestle Purina Lift Test Sam’s Club Full Pallet: Club Store Retailer
Logitech Best Buy: Personal Electronics and Software
Fisher Price Klip Klop Pallet: Mass Merchandiser-Retailer


Nestle Purina Lift Test PetSmart Half Pallet: Specialty Retailers and Services
Pure Fishing Gander Mountain Line Wall: Sports Equipment
3M Take Note of Color End Cap: Books, Stationery and Office Supplies
New Creature Battlefield 4: Games

Great Northern Corporation designs, manufactures and distributes packaging solutions and point-of-sale display programs for industrial, commercial and retail products. Its operations include: Packaging: commercial, consumer and custom; Instore: temporary, semi-permanent and permanent displays, assembly and fulfillment services;StrataGraph®: high graphic laminated paperboard packaging, ideal for club stores; Laminations VBoard® edge protection; and Rollguard protective packaging systems for rolled and cylindrical products. Headquartered in Appleton, Wis., Great Northern has more than 1,000 employees, operations in seven states and has been in business for more than 50 years.

GNC Instore Earns Platinum Award at Design of the Times

APPLETON, Wis., October 30, 2014 – Great Northern Instore, an industry leader in retail and point-of-purchase displays, won five awards, including one of only four Platinum awards, in the Design of the Times competition announced Oct. 22 at the 2014 Shopper Marketing Expo in Minneapolis.

Great Northern earned the Platinum award for its Purina Tidy Cats Lift Test PetSmart Half Pallet display for client Nestle-Purina Petcare Co. The display also won a Gold award in the Specialty Stores category. Platinum awards are selected as the best in their category.

“We’re really proud of our success, but even more committed to helping our partners succeed at retail,” said Patrick Graf, vice president of sales development at Great Northern Instore. “This interactive display clearly communicated the Tidy Cats message and engaged the shopper.”

The other Great Northern entries recognized with awards were:

Award Title of Entry Client Category
Silver Best Buy Quarter Pallet & Photo-Op Standee Nintendo of America Consumer Electronics
Bronze Nintendo GameStop Counter Display Nintendo of America Consumer Electronics
Bronze Mountain Dew LED Arrow Sign PepsiCo Convenience


The Design of the Times contest recognizes the retail industry’s most inspiring and creative in-store activation tactics and campaigns. Hundreds of entries were evaluated on how well they met the four “C”s of effective in-store activation: Command attention, Connect with the shopper, Convey information and Close the sale, as well as how well each entry met its stated objectives. This was the 19th annual competition.

Shopper Marketing Expo is the world’s largest gathering of shopper marketing professionals, who use the occasion to network, learn and view the latest creative work of more than 100 exhibitors.

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