GMDC | Retail Tomorrow Industry Statement RE: COVID-19 Impact on Association Events

GMDC|Retail Tomorrow is following the latest developments surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its impact on travel, business events and conferences.

As the outbreak continues to profoundly disrupt many industries, including retail, protecting the health, safety and well-being of our members and employees is our top priority. Considering the recommendations and guidelines from local and national health agencies, we’re continuing to assess the status of our events.

At this time, we have decided to reschedule our 2020 General Merchandise Conference to run concurrently with our 2020 Selfcare Summit in October at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. While the GM Conference and Selfcare Summit events will be co-located, registration and programming for each event will be separate. GM20 will take place September 30-October 4, while Selfcare Summit will run October 1-5. For the full announcement, please visit

We are in regular communication with hotel staff to make personal rooms, meeting rooms, networking venues, etc. as safe as possible as well as abiding by the local governing requirements to ensure the space we occupy follows suggested regulations. Since guidelines are changing consistently as we navigate the pandemic as a country, we do not have confirmed specifics today, but we have assurance of the hotel’s vigilance, and you have assurance of ours, that we will be following the most up-to-date safety and health regulations.

For a closer look at the Marriott’s commitment to clean, click here.

The Retail Tomorrow Atlanta City Immersion, originally scheduled for March 24-27, has been postponed until October 20-23.

This page will be regularly updated in light of new developments, but please continue to check our website or call 1-719-576-4260 if you have any questions.

During this time of unprecedented disruption, GMDC|Retail Tomorrow continues to connect members to our year-round benefits and tools that support business continuity and help people and companies stay in touch. To learn more about how GMDC|Retail Tomorrow can support your organization, please visit our Member Benefits page.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Patrick Spear
President & CEO