GMDC introduces its member exclusive mobile app at HBW17 in Phoenix.
GMDC establishes a Retailer Focus Group that will steer the association in key education and insights initiatives.
GMDC launches its actionable “Center Store Matters” next practices report at GM17 in Orlando.
Retail Tomorrow hosts its first Immersion Event in San Francisco, focused on "Enhancing the Shopper Experience".
GMDC Academy is introduced as a tool for new-to-market companies and helps them become more effective during their meetings with potential retail and wholesale partners.
GMDC launches its first “Health & Wellness Next Practices" series of white papers.
GMDC is featured in the Huffington Post for its groundbreaking narrative about the consumerism of healthcare.
Retail Tomorrow hosts its inaugural Demo Day at HBW16 in San Antonio.
GMDC introduces its HBW Nielsen Hierarchy database.
GMDC creates its industry initiative, Retail Tomorrow, dedicated to enhancing the seamless shopper experiences in retail.
Patrick Spear assumes CEO position.
Enhancements are made to the Group B (CCC) meeting format at GM15. Introducing the Market On-Ramp (MOR) Meetings, which allowed every new Supplier/Service Company member to meet with every attending Retailer/Wholesaler company. More than 11,000 business meetings took place.
GMDC releases the GMDC/Nielsen GM Hierarchy, a tool that tracks critical sales information by category within General Merchandise.
Patrick Spear succeeds Dave McConnell as president.
GMDC enhances GMDC*Connect with videocast learning events covering a variety of topics led by industry experts.
GMDC introduces Telepresence via GMDC*Connect.
GMDC presents results from a multi-year study on H+W at Health Beauty Wellness Marketing Conference.
GMDC Education Leadership Council releases "2010 Phase II Research on Consumer Shopping Habits for Wellness and Environmentally Conscious Lifestyles."
GMDC Education Leadership Council releases "Consumer Shopping Habits for Wellness and Environmentally Conscious Lifestyles" research study.
GMDC identifies the opportunities within Health and Wellness for members and adds a new senior staff position, Director of Wellness Programs.
GMDC rebrands itself as the Global Market Development Center (GMDC). The Health and Beauty Care Marketing Conference is rebranded to the Health Beauty Wellness Marketing Conference, and the GMDC Educational Foundation is rebranded to the Education Leadership Council.
GMDC Educational Foundation releases "Seasonal Best Practices... A Plan for Seasonal Merchandising" study.
Retail/wholesale and supplier members pilot new Roundtable Idea Exchange Sessions at the May GM Marketing Conference and Senior Executive Conferences (SECs) are successfully piloted at the September HBC Marketing Conference.
GMDC board decides to pay for airfare and lodging expenses for qualifying wholesale and retail companies starting with 2002 conferences.
Dave McConnell succeeds Rick Tilton as president and chief executive officer. GMDC introduces CCCnet, a web-based tool suite, designed to maximize the effectiveness of the organization's one-on-one meetings.
GMDC headquarters move from Dayton, Ohio, to Colorado Springs, Colorado.
GMDC's first industry survey is unveiled at the GM Conference.
Rick Tilton succeeds Robert Keats as executive director.
First GMDC Marketing Conference is held in Dallas and the concept of Controlled Casual Conferences is proposed.
First organizational and charter membership meetings held. Fran Willmes of Spartan Stores is the first president. Robert Keats is the first executive director. Focus of the Association: Wholesalers and distributors of General Merchandise and Health and Beauty products and categories.