INNOVATIONS THE PUBLICATION FOR THE GLOBAL MARKET DEVELOPMENT CENTER JUNE 2016
2016 GENERAL MERCHANDISE MARKETING CONFERENCE THE GOOTO EVENT CONNECTING YOUR COMPANY TO LATEST TRENDS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN GENERAL MERCHANDISE AND RETAIL
INNOVATION CONVERSATION ANSWERSS WHATTS THE FUTURE??
COLLABORATIVE MEETINGS SPARK INDUSTRY ENTHUSIASM
PRODUCT SHOWCASE SHINES SPOTLIGHT
BOARD CHAIR’S CHOICE AWARDS
GMDC CEO & President Patrick Spear
DAY 1 – ‘STATE OF THE INDUSTRY’ NEWS CONFERENCE EXPLORED TRENDS FUELING THE MARKETPLACE
DAY 2 – TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
DAY 3 – NETWORKING
DAY 4 – RAMPED UP FOR SUCCESS
J U N E 10 - 14
C R E AT E . C O N N E C T . C O L L A B O R AT E
IMPACT STATS MEETINGS 12,000+ SEC, MOR, CCC ATTENDEES 80 RETAILERS 400 SUPPLIERS PRODUCT SHOWCASE 3,500 SKUs 300 COMPANIES GMDC REPRESENTS 125,000+ RETAIL OUTLETS $500 BILLION IN RETAIL SALES
‘STATE OF THE INDUSTRY’ NEWS CONFERENCE EXPLORED TRENDS FUELING THE MARKETPLACE INNOVATION IN EDUCATION The Education Leadership Council (ELC) met to discuss new ways to advance GMDC’s research programs and next practices to drive value to sponsors, association members and the industry as a whole.
GMDC President and CEO Patrick Spear launched the conference with a virtual news conference. Highlights included: • • • • •
GMDC’s Retail Tomorrow Innovation Initiative B2B Video Exchanges KOTRA Korean Trade Investment Partnership CART Retail Tech Relationship Nielsen Market Research
SECs CONNECT EXECS 500 Strategic Executive Connections (SEC) meetings between senior-level suppliers & service/solution companies took place on Friday.
PRODUCT SHOWCASE SHINES Retailers and wholesalers discovered new products, promotions and merchandise innovations at the product showcase. -3-
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS CELEBRATING A LIFE OF ACHIEVEMENT
James Wonderly (pictured left, center)
GMDC presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to James Wonderly, former vice president of grocery non-foods/ general at Ahold USA.
CCCs SPARK PARTNERSHIP
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Board Chair’s Choice Awards GMDC Board Chair Steve Davis of Weiss Markets announced his picks for most innovative items in the Product Showcase. 1. Just for Laughs – Fast Track die cast car line 2. Fit ‘N Fresh Inc. – Fashion lunch bags & accessories to make a statement 3. Boss | Aries – Mini first-aid & personal care kits
WHAT’S THE FUTURE? -4-
Kevin Coupe of MorningNewsBeat.com lead a lunchtime “Innovation Conversation.”
ADVENTURES ATTENDEES VISITED: • Sedano’s • Aldi • Five Below
SEC & CCC MEETINGS -5-
RAMPED UP FOR SUCCESS MARKET ON-RAMP SHIFTS INTO GEAR Market On-Ramp meetings focused on new products, delivering a treasure hunt for retailers and wholesalers while generating a robust selling environment for first-time suppliers and service/solution companies.
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