A Final Note from the Association

Throughout the past 50 years, GMDC|Retail Tomorrow has been at the forefront of retail innovation and the evolution of customer needs. Always there for our members every step of the way, our company became well-known as a trusted leader in the retail industry – a role we held to the highest of standards. Remaining focused on thriving in an ever-changing …

The team that led before us is the one that got us here today

GMDC|Retail Tomorrow has helped define and lead the retail industry throughout one of the most tumultuous periods of time. From our early beginnings, the vision and values have remained true and stood the test of time. What started in 1970 by Fran Willmes turned into an authority within the retail space, with international recognition and profound impact on the industry …

Remembering the History of GMDC|Retail Tomorrow

In the past 50 years, the retail industry has experienced its share of disruption, but also innovation that stems from such challenges. We’ve seen this pace only accelerate most recently, as retailers work to prioritize evolving consumer needs and introduce new concepts to the retail marketplace. Throughout this time, GMDC|Retail Tomorrow has been at the forefront of these trends, as …

Association Open Houses Scheduled Meet & Greet

Following inquiries from many members and the offers of assistance from many industry associations, GMDC|Retail Tomorrow will be co-hosting a series of “virtual open house” events with other associations the week of December 6th. These events will enable GMDC|Retail Tomorrow members to learn more about other associations that may be able to provide value to our members following GMDC|Retail Tomorrow’s …

What is the Key to Keeping Pace with Your Customer?

“To stand out in an increasingly digitally saturated market, hyper-personalization is the inevitable future of retail.” – Twilio Understanding today’s retail ecosystem and how to keep pace in the world of ever-growing competition has become more complex than ever. Fast-evolving purchasing behaviors, and changing consumer expectations and demands have been major wake-up calls for retailers who continue relying on an …

GMDC|Retail Tomorrow Statement of Dissolution

For more than 50 years, GMDC|Retail Tomorrow has created and fostered important connections between the non-foods industry, retailers, manufacturers, and the consumer.  With a strong legacy of leadership, we are proud to have led the industry in connecting our members to General Merchandise (GM) and Health, Beauty and Wellness (HBW) category growth opportunities. Through our pioneering of the “speed dating” …

Labor Shortages in Retail and Creative Solutions

As labor shortages continue to sweep industries across the country, many are wondering which direction to take as consumer demand increases. The upcoming holiday season will only intensify the impacts of this shortage in retail, adding more pressure on brands and retailers. How will companies thrive and stand out from the rest during peak shopping season, while recruiting top-tier talent …

Tuition Programs Upping the Ante in Retail’s Competitive Job Market

Joining the likes of its fellow heavy hitters in retail, Amazon recently announced a new initiative to pay the full cost of college tuition for 750,000 hourly employees based in the U.S. Additionally, Amazon is introducing new education programs that provide employees an opportunity to learn new skills in data center maintenance and technology, IT, user experience, and research design. …

A Case for Uncommon Partnerships

With a continued number of businesses having to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic or otherwise, it is a sigh of relief to see companies coming together for a common goal of success. The announcement of Toys “R” Us finding a new home in 400 Macy’s locations has all eyes focused on what this partnership can do for both companies. …