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GMDC

Retail Tomorrow adds services to help chains

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Global Market Development Center (GMDC) has unveiled growth plans for Retail Tomorrow, the initiative it launched in 2016 to help retailers navigate changes in the industry. New Retail Tomorrow offerings are “retail headquarters innovation events,” a monthly podcast series and what GMDC calls “city immersions.” The first immersion was held this

Richardson receives GMDC lifetime achievement award

Richardson receives GMDC lifetime achievement award

ORLANDO, Fla. — Bob Richardson of Clorox Co. accepted a lifetime achievement award from Global Market Development Center (GMDC) during the center’s annual Health Beauty Wellness Conference here. Richardson is director of sales and customer and industry development at Clorox, maker of household cleaning products (Pine-Sol, Green Works), plastic wrap and containers (Glad), charcoal briquettes

GMDC MarketPlace launched at conference

GMDC MarketPlace launched at conference

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Global Market Development Center (GMDC) launched the GMDC MarketPlace at its General Merchandise conference here this week. Powered by ReposiTrak Inc., the platform is meant to serve as a supplier discovery and business-to-business e-commerce vehicle for GMDC members. At the conference, GMDC MarketPlace was used by attendees to facilitate and support meetings

GMDC names Tom Duffy VP of member development

GMDC names Tom Duffy VP of member development

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Industry veteran Tom Duffy has been named vice president of member development at the Global Market Development Center (GMDC).  He will focus primarily on expanding the association’s reach within the retail and consumer product industry in order to create the best global network of those in the health, beauty, wellness and general

GMDC promotes Mark Mechelse to VP

GMDC promotes Mark Mechelse to VP

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Mark Mechelse has been promoted to vice president of insights and communications at the Global Market Development Center (GMDC). GMDC said Tuesday that, in the new role, Mechelse will oversee the association’s efforts to advocate for the general merchandise and health, beauty and wellness categories on behalf of members. He joined GMDC in 2011 as

Data tracking tool for GMDC members gets upgrade

Data tracking tool for GMDC members gets upgrade

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A resource tool originally designed to help Global Market Development Center (GMDC) members track and understand marketplace data has been upgraded to provide a more intuitive user experience and deeper levels of analytics. The updated GM Hierarchy was launched on Wednesday by GMDC in partnership with Nielsen and Retail Insights LLC.

GMDC adopts ReposiTrak trading platform

GMDC adopts ReposiTrak trading platform

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Global Market Development Center (GMDC) has enlisted ReposiTrak Inc. to provide a comprehensive compliance and sourcing platform for nonfood items. GMDC said that under the pact, ReposiTrak will be the exclusive solution provider for compliance management and sourcing of retail-ready vendors. Plans call for GMDC to introduce the platform to its

GMDC spotlights GM17 product showcase winners

GMDC spotlights GM17 product showcase winners

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Global Market Development Center (GMDC) announced the top 10 products and the board chair’s choice winners of the product showcase at its 2017 General Merchandise conference (GM17). The GM17 event, held in Orlando, Fla., featured more than 3,500 products and in-store displays in the showcase. Those garnering the highest number of

GMDC honors Vince Burke with award

GMDC honors Vince Burke with award

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Global Market Development Center (GMDC) presented its annual Lifetime Achievement Award to Vince Burke, partner at Burke Gillis Juliano Group (BGJ Group), during the organization’s annual General Merchandise (GM17) conference, held June 23 – 27 in Orlando. “Vince is a longstanding and active member of GMDC and in the community,

GMDC adds educational resource for suppliers

GMDC adds educational resource for suppliers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Global Market Development Center (GMDC) announced Wednesday that it has launched an online educational resource designed to help general  merchandise and  health  beauty  wellness suppliers launch  products  in  the  North  American  marketplace  through  both  brick-and-mortar  and  e-commerce channels. Powered  by  the  CPG  Institute,  a retail education advisory firm, the GMDC 

GMDC launches CART-powered CPG portal

GMDC launches CART-powered CPG portal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Global Market Development Center (GMDC) has launched a technology-focused resource portal in tandem with the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART). GMDC said Thursday that the CART-powered platform enables its members to search and learn about service, solution and innovations in retail and connect with retailers, brand manufacturers, solution

GMDC names new chairman, board members

GMDC names new chairman, board members

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Steve Davis, director of center store, general merchandise, health/beauty care and grocery nonfoods at Weis Markets Inc., has been appointed chairman of the Global Market Development Center (GMDC). GMDC noted that Davis’ experience includes a broad food retailing background, covering both the GM and health/beauty/wellness categories. He also serves as the