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2017 GENERAL MERCHANDISE MARKETING CONFERENCE THE GO-TO EVENT CONNECTING YOUR COMPANY TO THE LATEST TRENDS IN GENERAL MERCHANDISING AND RETAIL

CREATING THE CENTER STORE OF THE FUTURE ATTENDEES PACK 20,000 MEALS FOR CHILDREN IN NEED 12,000+ MEETINGS IN 5 DAYS: SPARKING INDUSTRY INNOVATION


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DAY 1 – State of the Industry News Conference explored Center Store research and trends shaping the evolving marketplace.

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DAY 2 – Taking Care of Business

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DAY 3 – Networking & Community Impact

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DAY 4 – Ramped-Up For Success

MEETINGS 12,000+ SEC | MOR | CCC ATTENDEES 55 retailers, 285 suppliers PRODUCT SHOWCASE 3,500 SKUs, 330 companies GMDC REPRESENTS 125,000+ retail outlets, $500 Billion in retail sales


‘STATE OF THE INDUSTRY’ NEWS CONFERENCE EXPLORED TRENDS SHAPING THE INDUSTRY

GMDC President and CEO Patrick Spear launched the conference with a virtual news conference. Highlights included: • GMDC’s Center Store Research Announced

PRODUCT SHOWCASE SHINES

VIEW RESEARCH • The Amazon Effect – Purchase of Whole Foods Biggest Disrupter News in a Century • Retail Tomorrow Continues to Drive Innovation - Immersion Events in Bay Area, New York • GMDC Academy • Nielsen Market Research

Retailers and wholesalers discovered new products, promotions and merchandise innovations at the product showcase.

STRATEGIC EXECUTIVE CONNECTIONS 500 Strategic Executive Connections (SEC) meetings between senior-level suppliers, service/solution companies and retailers/wholesalers.

INNOVATION IN EDUCATION The Education Leadership Council (ELC) met to drive new ways to advance GMDC’s research programs, next practices and what to do about disruption in brick-and-mortar. –3–


TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS

CONNECT COLLABORATE CREATE (CCC) MEETINGS SPARK PARTNERSHIPS

WHAT’S THE FUTURE? Olympic medalist & “design thinking” expert John K. Coyle led a thoughtprovoking examination of barriers & enablers of innovation.

CELEBRATING A LIFE OF ACHIEVEMENT GMDC presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Vince Burke, partner at Burke Gillis Juliano Group (BGJ Group).

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CHAIRMAN’S CHOICE AWARDS GMDC Board Chair Steve Davis of Weis Markets announced his most innovative items in the Product Showcase.

1. Kwik Tek, DryPak Waterproof Cellphone Bags 2. White Mountain Puzzles 3. Highlights, Activity Books –4–


NETWORKING SEC & CCC MEETINGS

GMDC FEEDS 20,000 CHILDREN WITH 60 VOLUNTEERS! This team-building event hosted by the Feeding Children Everywhere organization, was a non-profit activity where attendees participated in making a difference for the communities inside the Orlando school district. –5–


MARKET ON-RAMP BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Market On-Ramp was a highly successful feature at GM17, where new-to-retail companies unveiled their latest ideas and innovations to every retailer in attendance. The meetings cemented trading partner relationships and enhanced the path to discovery for retailers.

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