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Networking Events

Attendees have access to speakers, receptions, and dinners where they have a chance outside of meetings to network, hear industry leaders and experts present and share their insights on current retail trends, present new research, and advise on how retailers and suppliers can succeed in the market.​

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Friday Insights Session @ 12:20pm

Consumer's Share of Spend Panel Discussion
 

Hosted By: Keith Anderson, Profitero 
Panelists: Coming Soon

It’s clear that retailers today struggle with understanding the mission of shoppers as they quickly evolve, no channel is immune. The economics of retail and the power of big brands are being challenged as the consumer has a new digital roadmap to find what they need. While consumers are more connected than ever, demand is skyrocketing for convenience, on-demand, connectivity, and personalization. The shopper's willingness to convert to new brands is lessening due to auto-refill and subscription programs. How are retailers and their suppliers able to gain loyalty and win shoppers back? Join the conversation to learn best and next-practices.

GM18 Panel Discussion 

Sunday Insights Sessions @ 12:00pm

GMDC/ATK GM Benchmarking Report
 

Speaker: Andrew Knight, Principal, AT Kearney

The session will reveal how  GM categories are an overlooked weapon in the arsenal of traditional retailers fighting for relevancy inside brick and mortar on multiple fronts. Custom research indicates that although GM sales in the traditional Food/Drug/Mass (FDM) channel are migrating to new channels—opportunities still exist for traditional retailers to leverage GM for profitability and enhancing the shopper experience. GMDC’s research uncovers pockets of growth that relate to several trends currently impacting GM. 

GM18 Benchmarking Report Presentation

Networking Receptions


Nightly receptions and dinners give attendees a chance to network outside of meetings and appointments. During the Showcase reception, retailers can meet with suppliers by their product display to discuss new and popular items in a more relaxed environment. During dinner events, attendees can have a meal together, enjoy live entertainment, and even partake in games or activities set-up at the venue. 

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Fundraising Events


GMDC is always looking for an opportunity to give back to the community, and our conferences are the perfect way to have our members join us in this endeavor. At the conclusion of each conference, any product left by supplier companies is donated to a local charity. We also host fundraising events during the conference. We invited Feeding Children Everywhere to GM17 and GM18 where GMDC staff and members put together over 40,000 meals for local children. 

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Become A Participant In Our Events


If you would like to participate in our Insights Sessions as a presenter or panelist or take part in one of our fundraising events, please contact us today for more information. 

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