Ubiquitous Commerce: A True Look Into the Future of Seamless Retail

We’re going to take a true look into the future of seamless retail… With each AI integration, we take a small step towards a future where every connected device can enable a highly personalized transaction. Consumers can shop and engage with retailers and brands anywhere, anytime, independent of a single platform or device. Ubiquitous commerce is marked by consumer-to-business (C2B) models in …

How Hybrid Selling Can Drive Your Business

Learn about Amazon’s different fulfillment models, how incremental growth can be gained from a hybrid model, and the potential complications. Learn about Amazon’s position on hybrid selling and how to set up for success. Find out if hybrid selling on Amazon is right for you. Andrea Leigh, Vice-President, Client Services – Ideoclick, Inc.

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

GMDC presented its annual Lifetime Achievement Award to Bob Richardson, director of sales and customer and industry development at The Clorox Company, at the association’s annual Health Beauty Wellness Conference (HBW18) which took place September 13-17, 2018 in Orlando, Fla. The GMDC Lifetime Achievement Award honors visionary leaders who have made significant contributions to the industry’s general merchandise or health …

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HBW18 Retail Tomorrow: Wake-Up Call

A live presentation on the Future of Retail with up-and-coming companies, Sampler and Caper Labs, who are changing the retail landscape one innovation at a time. Retail Tomorrow is a GMDC industry initiative that organizes a community of innovators to promote uncommon collaboration between retailers, brands, technology leaders, and universities. Caper Presentation | View Here Sampler Presentation | View Here

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GMDC Health Beauty Wellness Benchmarking Presentation

GMDC in partnership with global strategy and management consulting firm A.T. Kearney released the results of its Health, Beauty and Wellness Benchmarking Report to give retailers insight into how they can leverage the latest marketplace trends to improve their performance in these key categories that have significant growth potential for brick-and-mortar retailers. Recently released at GMDC’s 2018 Health Beauty Wellness Conference, the …

Auto-Replenishment and Subscriptions: The Future of Retail Technology

Will this model be the center-store of the future? How long until we reach widescale adoption? What role will voice technology play in speeding up this transformation? We will look at best in class subscription models to identify attributes for winning in this space and relevance by category. Michael Rogosa, Director, Planet Retail RNG

Online Grocery and the Impact on the Physical Store

Shopper adoption of online grocery is in the midst of an exponential rise as the millennial generation has started shopping en mass for newly formed families and retailers rush to roll out e-commerce capabilities. We will forecast the dollar growth expected over the next five years and outline which retailers are set up to capture the majority of the growth. …

Merchandise Fundamentals and Life Cycles: The Transformation of the Physical Store

While the role of the store changes and departments undergo dramatic transformations, the importance of executional excellence remains paramount. Having the right assortment, shelving, packaging, display, and pricing strategies will carry even more weight moving forward as stores curate more of their merchandise and shift space towards experiences. During this session we will examine best in class strategies in merchandise execution in-store. …

Experiential Retail: The Future of Brick-and-Mortar

As consumers shift more of their spend from products towards experiences, physical retailers need to evolve to capture that spend. The future of physical retail will see a change from “need-based buying” to “want based shopping” as need-based activities shift online and to auto-replenishment. In the long term, retailers will compete for more for consumers’ time as a leisure activity …

Digital Integration: Creating A Seamless Shopper Experience

Digital influence in the physical world of retail far outweighs the pure impact of e-commerce sales. Shoppers have access to an array of tools that enable an on-demand experience and physical outlets need to position themselves to take advantage of this opportunity. The level of investment in digital technologies at an enterprise level has so far focused on back-end automation …