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

Technology Checkup
Solutions for COVID-caused problems at retail. On this week’s podcast, Gary Hawkins – the CEO of CART, the Center for ...
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Making Entrepreneurship Bigger, Better, & More Accessible
Time with Hello Products founder, Craig Dubitsky! This week’s special guest is Craig Dubitsky, founder of Hello Products and now ...
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Mr. Hawkins Takes an Airplane Ride
What has changed and how retailers can remain essential, taking cues from airlines. The other day, co-host Sterling Hawkins did ...
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Good News, Bad News, & Altered States of Retail Reality
“It ain’t over ’til its over” and how retailers can prepare for a future involving COVID-19 sticking around. There was ...
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Building Stores for an Uncertain Future
Let’s take a look at how current economic, cultural, and medical realities are replete with opportunities for retailers with the ...
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Defining Transformation for a Post-Pandemic Era
Are businesses doing the hard work and engaging in the kind of tough and uncomfortable work necessary to make transformation ...
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Pandemic Surprises, Disappointments, and Opportunities
This week, Sterling and Kevin are joined by Chris Walton, CEO and Founder of Omni Talk and Third Haus. This ...
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Store Design in a Post-Pandemic World
Examine what retailers can do to make customers both feel safe and actually be safer; retrofit existing stores and building ...
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Supply, Demand, & Sky-High Challenges
Retail lessons from the airlines on how to manage customers in a pandemic. In a new series of weekly Retail ...
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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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