About GM20

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About GM20

As the outbreak continues to profoundly disrupt many industries, including retail, protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our members and employees is our top priority. Considering the recommendations and guidelines from local and national health agencies, we’ve decided to host our 2020 General Merchandise Conference virtually. 

We’ll be maintaining current meeting formats that GMDC | Retail Tomorrow is best known for by hosting three weeks of …

  • Virtual SEC meetings (45-minutes) take place during the week of October 5-9. We are offering turn-key schedules based on a mutual-match pairing between requested trading partners. Deadline for Sellers to sign up is August 7.
  • Virtual Buyer’s Choice meetings (15 or 30 minutes) take place during the weeks of October 12-16 and October 19-23 and will be self-scheduled by the participants. We’ll also offer an online Buyer’s Choice Discovery Catalog – an indexed, searchable, interactive, product catalog and meeting scheduler that enables all retailers and wholesalers an opportunity to review products and services from existing and potential partners. Deadline for Sellers to sign up is September 16.
  • Virtual Learning Tracks and content sessions are scheduled throughout the entire event.

Buyer/Seller Formats For Members

2 unique meeting formats are available to help sellers meet with retail buyers in virtual meetings. The Buyer's Choice (formerly CCC's) Appointments were engineered by GMDC as an innovative solution to the industry problem of not having time or resources to meet with all the companies you’d like to meet. These consist of 15 or 30-minute appointments, with virtual meeting times and durations suggested by the Buyers, subject to approval/denial by the Sellers. Strategic Executive Connection (SEC) Meetings are 45-minute seller-hosted meetings that take place between top level executives. SEC appointment schedules will be initially generated by GMDC with meeting pairings determined by mutual interest on the part of the buyer and seller participants. 

Learning Tracks


We're here to help you navigate the uncertainty hitting retail due to COVID-19! This year's Learning Tracks will focus on this disruption and how you can succeed during the disruption.


This year more than ever, the Preview Box is essential! Sellers can still get products in Buyers' hands while we stay socially distanced. All Buyers will receive a Preview Box; Sellers must enter to participate. 

Preview Box Deadline is August 28th

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Contact Us

Please contact us with questions about attending our 2020 Virtual GM Conference.

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