What We Do

Retail Tomorrow was created by GMDC to foster innovation within the retail industry. As today’s evolving shopper drives change at a faster pace than ever before, retailers and their trading partners need to find ways to stay competitive in a highly disruptive marketplace.

We help companies understand the future and activate against relevant trends by hosting City Immersions and Innovation Program events to expose executives to emerging technologies, products, and new business models that will drive tomorrow’s revenue.

City Immersion Events

We run several City Immersions per year in locations like San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Toronto, Los Angeles, and other cities that are developing a robust innovation community. These Immersions typically last two full days and include store tours, listening to pitches from entrepreneurs, and visits to inventive companies to learn what is behind their success.

CART Innovation Program

GMDC has partnered with the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART) to bring curated innovation in an on-site or virtual event to executive teams at retailer and supplier headquarters.

The program is designed to unite and engage executive teams to build awareness, facilitate adoption, and stimulate growth to compete and stay relevant in today’s dynamic marketplace.

EXPLORE the Latest Innovation
The latest innovation is sourced from CART’s platform and a widespread application process for cutting edge technology. Together, we look at 1,000+ new cutting-edge solutions every year.

EXAMINE the Right Solutions
As innovation realization specialists, we work with you to curate solutions from our network, specifically around your needs, interests, and our recommendations. After solutions apply, we filter out the best of the best to work with your leadership team to determine the best fit.

ENGAGE the Innovation Programs Event
The program brings together all of your leadership team in the same room at the same time breaking down the silos of conversation. Every solution is coached to provide an engaging presentation with the relevant information your team needs.

EVALUATE to Grow a Culture of Innovation
Potential alone isn’t enough. It must be realized. And then the whole process must be repeated. We develop an innovation cadence with you to continually measure and grow to reach for what’s possible.

Benefits  of Retail Tomorrow Programs

Retail Tomorrow Podcast Series

Always Another Tomorrow
Co-hosts Sterling Hawkins and Kevin Coupe look back at 2020 and make some predictions about how the retail world will ...
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When is a Transaction Not Just a Transaction?
The beginning of a new – and hopefully better – year calls for a new approach to the concept of ...
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Pandemic-Era Storytelling
Today we consider the changes that have been forced on businesses by pandemic-era realities and how new stories, appropriate to ...
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Taking Note of Future Possibilities
Today, a look at one possible retail future, though the eyes of a 22-year-old woman who helped inspire one A.I.-powered ...
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How to Keep Your Business Healthy
How do you manage the risk of contagious diseases – including, but not limited to the COVID-19 coronavirus – so ...
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Location, Location, Location
Site selection is a time-honored art and science in the retailing game, but it no longer is as simple as ...
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AI and the Battle for Footfalls and Headspace
This week’s guest is Shekar Raman, CEO and co-founder of Birdzi, a grocery retail AI solutions company that he says ...
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How Restaurant Woes Can Feed Grocer Innovation
As many as 100,000 restaurants – or one in six in the United States – have closed, either long-term or ...
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OUR Community

We have a diverse membership of distributors, brand managers, retail executives, technologists, and innovators that are bolstered by GMDC’s 50 years of experience. We deliver thought leadership across all channels of trade inside consumer goods, selfcare and retail service industries with a focus on “what’s next”?

Retail Tomorrow Advisory Council


Thank you to those who support our mission in seeking innovating new ways to experience retail:

Retailer & Wholesaler Partners

We’ve partnered with GMDC Retailer and Wholesaler members who are dedicated to the future of retail:

Retail Tomorrow Partners

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