At the joint conference the groups will present the findings of recent industry studies--FMI's 2009 Supermarket Pharmacy Trends report and GMDC
's multiyear study, "Consumer Shopping Habits for Wellness and Environmentally Conscious Lifestyles."
"More than ever, consumers want--and expect--retailers and manufacturers to assist them on their health and wellness journey inside the store," GMDC
said in a white paper released last month titled "Next Practices: The Health and Wellness Consumer, Helping Trading Partners Shape the Future...
"This conference will be a comprehensive event that leverages our association's efforts to bring retail and wholesale, marketing, merchandising and product professionals together with manufacturers and solution providers," says Mark Deuschle, vice president, business development and chief marketing officer for GMDC
. "Here they can share information, best practices, products and insights on how stores can provide a total-shopping experience for today's shoppers."
DePetris comes to GMDC
from Wild Oats Markets, Inc.
"The caregiver is a shopper demographic with growing influence on the general merchandise and health/beauty/ wellness categories at retail," relates Keith Wypyszynski, vice president of business development and the GMDC
's chief member officer "This study will assist members in understanding some of the 'who,' 'what,' and 'why' questions of this caregiver demographic.
"Our research indicates that by 2020, 78 million Americans are going to be migrating more to a self-care environment and taking care of themselves primarily in their homes, without necessarily utilizing a doctor's office," says Patrick Spear, GMDC
's president and chief executive officer.
"We are excited to be able to offer both GMDC
and FMI members a venue that leverages our two associations' expertise and leadership in education, consumer insights, sales promotion, nutrition, marketing, merchandising and pharmacy," says David McConnell, president and CEO of Colorado Springs, Colo.-based GMDC
The nomination follows Bakewell's two-year tenure on GMDC
's membership advisory board, the trade group said.
executives say he will be responsible for developing and driving new and established programs that manage and enhance the overall GMDC
defines food prep as a megacategory that includes cookware, foilware, bakeware, kitchen gadgets and tabletop.
is a smaller organization, and our business is around health and wellness, beauty and general merchandise, we felt we needed to stretch a little bit and find new ways to bring value to the industry.
PHOENIX - In an effort to preserve the positive value of GMDC
and have a name behind the letters that has relevance, Colorado Springs, Colo.-based nonfoods trade association General merchandise Distributors Council (GMDC
) has rebranded to become the Global Market Development Center.