Live Infocast Schedule


Wed, August 12, 2020 - 1:00pm EDT

Neil Stern, Senior Partner at McMillan Doolittle

Ankit Patel, VP Merchandising at Boxed

Retail has seen exponential growth of ecommerce during the COVID-19 outbreak. We’ll take a deeper look at US ecommerce trends, view Korean ecommerce trends, hear from Emart, and experience a virtual facility walk-through of an auto- distribution center.

Homeopathic OTCs: Selfcare from the American Frontier to the 21st Century

Thu, August 13, 2020 - 1:00pm EDT

Elizabeth Rice, ND Assistant Professor, SCNM

Paul Mittman, ND, EdD, President/CEO, SCNM

With demand for natural products continuing to be mainstreamed with a CAGR of 18%, consumers perceive homeopathic medicines as safe, having no adverse side effects, and trustworthy when compared to conventional alternatives. This presentation will detail ways industry players can leverage FDA-regulated, over-the-counter homeopathics to give consumers the peace of mind that they are not putting unnecessary chemicals or harmful ingredients into their bodies. Best practices for product placement and proper merchandising will be reviewed.

Survive and Thrive: CVS Health shows diversity drives resilience and innovation

Thu, August 20, 2020 - 1:00pm EDT

Johanna (José) Zeilstra, CEO, Gender Fair

Tom Ashworth, Senior Manager, Strategic Diversity Management Field Operations, CVS Health

Keith Eakins, Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity – Enterprise Procurement, CVS Health

The COVID-19 crisis and reborn civil rights movements have changed the way that consumers expect corporations to act and react. The impact has been felt in supply chain, corporate social responsibility, operations, and all facets of retail and consumer goods. Gender, racial and ethnic diversity and inclusion fosters innovation and resilience. Leading retailer CVS will join the discussion, sharing how it has engaged with consumers, community members, and trading partners, and how it plans to use the strength of its diversity to weather the storms in the present and going forward.

GMDC is partnering with Gender Fair to offer member companies access to assessments, roadmaps, and thought leadership on diversity issues. Gender Fair is the first consumer-facing metrics-based evaluation, acceleration, and certification tool designed to identify, advance, and promote your company’s gender fairness practices.


Wed, August 26, 2020 - 1:00pm EDT

Neil Stern, Senior Partner at McMillan Doolittle

Mariya Zorotovich, Director of Strategy & Incubation at Intel

Today we have a paradox: external forces all countries are facing are greatly accelerating the pace of change at retail. In a sense retail innovation has never been more global. Yet never has our ability to travel to see these innovations abroad (and even here in the US) been so limited. In this episode we will explore the most provocative retail innovations occurring around the world and what they could mean for US retail over the next few years.


Wed, September 9, 2020 - 1:00pm EDT

Neil Stern, Senior Partner at McMillan Doolittle

Alison Castillo, Director of Industry Relations & Sustainable Living at Uniliever

Just as it was imperative to begin our series with a look at the consumer, it is essential for us to conclude it with how leaders can lead their companies and the wider industry through what the US Army calls in their executive officer training, The Age of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, chaos, ambiguity). We will discuss the learnings from past and current corporate and industry leaders and will offer a template for executives to help them navigate through these difficult but exciting times.