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Membership FAQs

For 45 years, GMDC has been the premier global trade association for the retail industry. We are located at the intersection of creativity and innovation – powering retailers, wholesalers, suppliers and service/solution companies to new levels of awareness and success. We are committed to connecting the next generation of consumers to the leading general merchandise, health, beauty and wellness stakeholders! Collaboration is in our DNA, and we advance industry-changing initiatives that deliver tomorrow’s trends today through dynamic – and pioneering – thought leadership.

GMDC hosts two marketing conferences each year:  the General Merchandise (GM) Conference and the Health Beauty Wellness (HBW) Conference.  As the industry continues to evolve, the importance of face-to-face events continues to be one of the most personal and important touch points to have with trading partners and new potential trading partners.  In terms of time and value, there is no better way to connect with top management than to attend GMDC’s conferences where members experience the most productive workdays of the year.

Unlike a “booth show”, GMDC conferences offer the opportunity to engage with top management from all sides of membership through a variety of pre-scheduled meeting formats:

  • Market On-Ramp (MOR)
  • Connect Collaborate Create (CCC)
  • Strategic Executive Connections (SEC)


During appointments, participants can share insights, discover business opportunities, introduce new products and services, discuss trends, marketing plans, and operations, conduct business reviews, and assess other key topics that enable business relationships to grow.  In addition to the pre-scheduled meetings, the conferences include scheduled business sessions that are educational and innovative as well as the opportunity to network with peers and trade partners during meals, evening receptions, and group activities.  Suppliers and service/solution company members can also highlight new, innovative products and services by participating in the Preview Box and Showcase programs for the most company exposure. 

  • Cost of membership for Supplier & Service/Solution Company
    • Membership fees are a Tier based for Supplier attendees.
      • Tier 1 $3,300
      • Tier 2 $3,600
      • Tier 3 $3,900
  • Cost of membership for Retail/Wholesale Company = $2750
    • Conference registration fees are based on a per person fee for Retail/Wholesale participants, includes airfare and hotel stay.

Since 1993, the GMDC Education Leadership Council has published insights designed to help our members increase sales by focusing on creating actionable and future-facing consumer and business strategies.  Some of the more recent research available on the GMDC website includes:

  • Evolution or Revolution: The Impact of Digital on Shipping & Stores
  • Health & Wellness Best-Practices for the Evolving Consumer
  • Click & Collect Upside for Nonfoods
  • GMDC / Nielsen GM and HBW Hierarchy: POS Data Refreshed Monthly
  • Home Health: Consumerism of Healthcare at Retail
  • Center Store is Essential for Total Store Growth
  • The Connected Consumer: Changing Retail Environments


With each “next-practice", GMDC is sparking new ideas for companies to generate revenue, breaking into new markets, harnessing innovation, and deepening trading relations for greater profit.