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
Full attendee list and contact information…
Follow-up survey to solidify connections and relationships as well as refine processes for future events…
Support in the renewal cycle to manage the program over time (process runs every ~6 months)…
Short, mid, and long-term roadmapping of technologies, services, and tools…
Streamline all retail innovation technologies into a manageable process…
Engage top solutions for the enterprise to always be working with best-in-class tools…
Grow your team to be engaged in innovation with the right tech to be more effective and efficient…
Pre-meeting survey of your operating teams to understand what problems they’re facing and what tech they’re interested in…
Global solution sourcing effort to find the right solutions to fit designated criteria vetting process to select leaders in the space to present…
Pre, during and post on-site logistics and planning…
Development of marketing material to share internally…
Reception for the retail teams and presenting companies…
Retail Tomorrow Podcast Series
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
Stay in the Loop
Interested in learning more about Retail Tomorrow or attending one of our events? Contact us today, we’d be happy to tell you more.