GMDC’s Selfcare Summit set for October

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GMDC’s Selfcare Summit set for October

All systems are go for GMDC|Retail Tomorrow’s Selfcare Summit, according to organizers of the event, slated for Oct. 3 to 7 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis.

The conference, billed as an event that will cover “The Health, Beauty & Wellness Revolution at Retail,” is expected to attract hundreds of retailers, suppliers and industry officials, Mark Mechelse, vice president of insights and communications at the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based association, said.

“We believe that this is an excellent opportunity for retailers to learn about self-care and how it can help them disrupt the e-commerce movement by making traditional retail more relevant,” he said. “Retailers will be able to learn how to be more proactive with self-care, as well as how they can manage their self-care model.”

GMDC has said that self-care is the next retail transformation and that rising healthcare costs are motivating consumers to focus on proactive and healthy lifestyle choices, driving new consumer habits and buying patterns through health-and-wellness solutions within retail. The self-care movement involves consumers seeking out local, natural and personalized products and solutions that not only help them to look good and feel better but also to prevent disease, treat chronic conditions and improve their quality of life.

Mechelse also said that GMDC|Retail Tomorrow is launching the Selfcare Summit to help retail industry executives satisfy consumers’ health, beauty and wellness needs; spark innovation; and remain relevant in a changing marketplace. Retailers will learn how to strategically position health, beauty and wellness products and enhance the shopping experience, he said.

The Selfcare Summit will coincide with GMDC|Retail Tomorrow’s 50th anniversary and elevate the organization’s focus from connecting suppliers and retailers to fostering uncommon partnerships between retailers, suppliers, technology innovators, market disruptors, healthcare leaders, clinicians and nutrition experts, among others, for the sake of the consumer.

Besides the association’s well known face-to-face prescheduled meetings, networking events, product discovery programs, learning tracks and insights, it will host as many as 50 learning sessions where attendees can hear from the likes of Google’s Ryan Olohan, Kantar Consulting’s Bryan Gildenberg, Hamacher Resource Group’s Dave Wendland and Morning News Beat’s Kevin Coupe.

The summit will have four learning tracks: Selfcare Consumer and The Retail Selfcare Roadmap; Retail Tomorrow: Delivering on Selfcare; The Rise of the Healthcare Consumer: Health Further; and The Role of Natural and CBD. “We truly believe that this is a great opportunity for the industry to learn about self-care from many different sources,” Mechelse said. “We expect very strong retailer attendance.”

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