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The 2019 General Merchandise Conference

About GM19

The GM Conference provides attendees with 4 days of business growth through face-to-face pre-scheduled meetings, networking opportunities, product discovery, and industry-leading insights during business presentations and panel discussions. Whether you are a Retailer, Supplier, Service Company, or New member, everyone has an opportunity to grow their business and develop new connections at GM19.

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*Please note that the schedule for GM19 has been reversed. MOR appointments will take place on Friday and Saturday, CCC Appointments will begin Saturday afternoon and conclude Sunday evening, and a full day of SEC Meetings will take place on Monday.  

 

Pre-Conference Schedule        Conference Schedule

Strategic Planning


3 unique meeting formats are available to help suppliers meet with retail buyers face-to-face in pre-scheduled meetings. Each format is tailored to help companies build upon existing business relationships or to develop new ones. Established suppliers will have a chance to meet with buyers to evaluate existing product and marketing programs, while new members will have the opportunity to meet with each retailer in attendance during sessions created just for them. 

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Product Discovery Programs


GM19 is all about product discovery. Our Preview Box program allows suppliers to send selected products directly to retail buyers attending the show BEFORE it begins. During the conference, suppliers can display their products in a store like environment through the Showcase program. After the conference and throughout the year, retailers can follow-up with the suppliers they met with through GMDC MarketPlace, an online platform for product review and evaluation. 

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Networking & Insights


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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