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Global Market Development Center

GMDC|Retail Tomorrow announces top products at selfcare summit

GMDC|Retail Tomorrow announces top products at selfcare summit

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Leading retail industry trade association Global Market Development Center (GMDC)|Retail Tomorrow recently launched its Selfcare Summit in Indianapolis. The inaugural event marked the only industry gathering focused exclusively on the consumerization of healthcare, bringing together retailers, wholesalers, suppliers and service/solution companies to learn how to strategically re-position health, beauty and wellness products to enhance

Community pharmacy and retail taking on new role

Community pharmacy and retail taking on new role

Retail in the future will look nothing like what we see today. A new role for physical retailers is long overdue, and only a few have satisfied the need for change. Historically, one of the primary challenges facing North American brick-and-mortar retail pharmacies and their suppliers has been the inability to encourage shoppers to purchase

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 Academy aims to give suppliers an ‘insider’s view’

GMDC Academy aims to give suppliers an ‘insider’s view’

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Global Market Development Center (GMDC) has launched an online educational resource to help general merchandise and health, beauty and wellness suppliers launch products in the North American marketplace through brick-and-mortar and digital channels. Called the GMDC Academy, the new resource is powered by The CPG Institute, a retail education advisory

GMDC: People with diabetes turning to retailers for help

GMDC: People with diabetes turning to retailers for help

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — As consumers with diabetes take more control over their care, food and pharmacy retailers are being challenged to come up with solutions to meet their needs, according to research from the Global Market Development Center (GMDC). GMDC’s latest Health & Wellness Best Practices report, titled “Retail Partnering to Serve the Shopper

GMDC honors former Ahold executive

GMDC honors former Ahold executive

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Global Market Development Center presented its annual GMDC Lifetime Achievement Award to Jim Wonderly, vice president of strategic accounts at QK Healthcare Inc., who previously spent 25 years at Ahold, where he led the retailer’s general merchandise category. The award was presented this week during the organization’s GM16 conference in

GMDC goes live with CART-powered CPG portal

GMDC goes live with 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

GMDC, Nielsen release new GM Hierarchy data

GMDC, Nielsen release new GM Hierarchy data

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Global Market Development Center (GMDC) and Nielsen have refreshed their proprietary GMDC/Nielsen General Merchandise Hierarchy data set. GMDC said Wednesday that the research provides a detailed look at GM category sales and trends in the food and drug channels, as well as across all retail channels. The GM Hierarchy reports data from more than 12,900

Spear to take CEO reins at GMDC

Spear to take CEO reins at GMDC

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Patrick Spear, president of the Global Market Development Center (GMDC), is slated to add the title of chief executive officer effective June 1. Spear takes the CEO reins from Dave McConnell, who served as GMDC president and chief executive for 15 of his 35 years with the association. Plans call for McConnell to remain with GMDC as a consultant for special

GMDC readies for General Merchandise Marketing Conference

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Global Market Development Center (GMDC) plans to hold the 2015 GMDC General Merchandise Marketing Conference (GM15) on May 28 to June 1 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Fla. GMCD said the event provides a venue for retail decision makers and suppliers to connect and collaborate on sales