History of GMDC

2017

GMDC introduces its member exclusive mobile app at HBW17 in Phoenix.

2017

GMDC establishes a Retailer Focus Group that will steer the association in key education and insights initiatives.

2017

GMDC launches its actionable “Center Store Matters” next practices report at GM17 in Orlando.

2017

Retail Tomorrow hosts its first Immersion Event in San Francisco, focused on "Enhancing the Shopper Experience". 

2017

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.  

2016

GMDC launches its first “Health & Wellness Next Practices" series of white papers.

2016

GMDC is featured in the Huffington Post for its groundbreaking narrative about the consumerism of healthcare. 

2016

Retail Tomorrow hosts its inaugural Demo Day at HBW16 in San Antonio.

2016

GMDC introduces its HBW Nielsen Hierarchy database. 

2016

GMDC creates its industry initiative, Retail Tomorrow, dedicated to enhancing the seamless shopper experiences in retail.

2015

Patrick Spear assumes CEO position.

2015

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.

2014

GMDC releases the GMDC/Nielsen GM Hierarchy, a tool that tracks critical sales information by category within General Merchandise. 

2014

Patrick Spear succeeds Dave McConnell as president. 

2013

GMDC enhances GMDC*Connect with videocast learning events covering a variety of topics led by industry experts. 

2012

GMDC introduces Telepresence via GMDC*Connect. 

2011

GMDC presents results from a multi-year study on H+W at Health Beauty Wellness Marketing Conference. 

2010
GMDC celebrates its 40th anniversary.
2010

GMDC Education Leadership Council releases "2010 Phase II Research on Consumer Shopping Habits for Wellness and Environmentally Conscious Lifestyles." 

2009

GMDC Education Leadership Council releases "Consumer Shopping Habits for Wellness and Environmentally Conscious Lifestyles" research study.

2008

GMDC identifies the opportunities within Health and Wellness for members and adds a new senior staff position, Director of Wellness Programs.

2007

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. 

2006

GMDC Educational Foundation releases "Seasonal Best Practices... A Plan for Seasonal Merchandising" study.

2005

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. 

2004
GMDC introduces the Showcase @ GMDC program at its May GM Marketing Conference. The GMDC Foundation introduces ground breaking "Leveraging the Connection Between Pharmacy and the Whole Store" and "Merchandising for Success" studies.
2003
The GMDC Board of Directors amends the Association's bylaws to include the chairman of the three Advisory Boards to serve two-year terms as Directors of the Board.
2002
Following decision to pay expenses, retailer and wholesaler attendance increased 45% at GM Marketing Conference and 27% at HBC Marketing Conference.
2001

GMDC board decides to pay for airfare and lodging expenses for qualifying wholesale and retail companies starting with 2002 conferences.

2001
GMDC Educational Foundation released "Birthday/Celebration Merchandising Strategies Store Research Report" and "Women's Well-Being Merchandising Strategy" study.
2000

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.

1999
GMDC opens membership to all mass market wholesale and retail channels.
1996
The GMDC Educational Foundation introduced its "Seasonal Best Practices: How-to-Manual."
1993
The GMDC Educational Foundation released landmark study on Rx-to-OTC switch products.
1992
GMDC Educational Foundation launched. Organization expanded membership to include service merchandisers, non-direct-buying supermarket chains and club stores.
1987
GMDC admitted direct-buying supermarket chains to membership.
1985
"1 Will Get You 5" education program designed to drive incremental general merchandise sales and profits.
1981
"HBA Means Business" education program with supplementary material introduced.
1979

GMDC headquarters move from Dayton, Ohio, to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

1978
GMDC wholesale members initiate Performance Analysis Review (PAR) program so members can benchmark departmental growth.
1976

GMDC's first industry survey is unveiled at the GM Conference.

1974

Rick Tilton succeeds Robert Keats as executive director.

1972
Health and Beauty Aids Supplier Advisory Board formed.
1971

First GMDC Marketing Conference is held in Dallas and the concept of Controlled Casual Conferences is proposed.

1970

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.