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June. 6, 2011 GMDC Industry Sourcing Guide:     
 
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This week's newsletter contents:
GMDC Updates

Business and Consumer Insights
Category news, Business Insights & Trends

Executive Updates
Personnel moves & Announcements

Financial
Financial & Sales Reports

General Merchandise
Category & Product News

Health Beauty Wellness
Category & Product News

Retail
Wholesaler/Distributor & Retail News
GMDC Matters

What's Happening at the General Merchandise Marketing Conference
Dave McConnell, GMDC President/CEO

At GMDC, we believe that the GM and HBW categories are absolutely vital to a complete store assortment. We've been doing extensive study work on general merchandise opportunities and recently published the phase one GMDC General Merchandise research initiative — Winning in GM: Trends, Insights and Strategies. The GMDC Education Leadership Council and the General Merchandise Supplier Advisory Board collaborated to introduce study output that focuses on helping our members take advantage of the strategic sales opportunities that a complete general merchandise program can provide. More...






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      GMDC UPDATES


2011 GM Marketing Conference — highlights coming soon!
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June 3 to 7, 2011
Location: JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, Orlando, Fla.
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Roger Mercado and Rich Juliano present new GMDC study at the GM conference — Winning in GM: Trends, Insights and Strategies
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This study was designed to drive increased awareness of the importance of GM categories inside the food, drug and mass channels; it will be presented on both Saturday and Monday during the GM conference.

Recall InfoLink — look for us at the GM conference
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The recently passed Food Safety Modernization Act will bring many changes as the Food and Drug Administration steps up its regulatory oversight of recalls. GMDC has partnered with a state-of-the-art company, Recall InfoLink, to offer a considerable discount that will allow you to strengthen your recall preparedness! More

SAV Transportation Group — we'll see you at the GM conference
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Are you looking for a program that will help you streamline the shipping process, improve your quality of service and bring you closer to your customers? SAV Transportation Group has access to 21 national and regional LTL carriers that provide superior service to all 50 states! More

CodeBaby wants to show innovative technology to you at the GM conference
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GMDC has collaborated with technology partner CodeBaby to offer significant pricing discounts for GMDC members. Enhance your website and engage your own online character in business-to-business and business-to-consumer capabilities! More

Industry Sourcing Guide — enter to win $50 when you vote for the Member's Choice Award!
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GMDC's valued business partner MultiView will roll out an exciting, new award program that we would like to share. Are you a wholesaler or retailer who reconnected with a great supplier or visited with a fantastic new solutions provider? Do you know of another supplier vendor who exhibits qualities such as exceptional honesty, unrivaled quality and world-class customer service? Recognize your most valuable business partners by nominating them for the 2011 Member's Choice Award. More details coming next week! Click here to learn more about MultiView's Industry Sourcing Guide, a valuable resource for association members and other industry professionals who use the Internet to locate products and services for the entire retail General Merchandise and Health Beauty Wellness industry ... More



2011 HBW Marketing Conference — registration deadline is July 1
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Sept. 9 to 12, 2011
Location: JW Marriott Desert Ridge, Phoenix
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The Showcase/Showcase Plus provide terrific sales potential at the HBW Marketing Conference
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Do you want to increase your visibility to every attending wholesaler/retailer and increase your potential for additional on-site appointments and post-conference sales follow-up? More

Interested in sponsoring the new mobile app at the HBW conference?
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GMDC will roll out our beneficial smartphone application that is FREE to download, four weeks prior to the conference, for all conference attendees. Users will receive alerts/announcements, schedules, attendee rosters and much more. Take this opportunity to display your company logo and be seen by all users when you provide a sponsorship! More

Join us for dinner on Sept. 10 and laugh till you cry!
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We'll unveil and honor our 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient during "An Evening with the Chairmen." Following this special presentation, we'll be entertained by one of our favorite comedians, John Pinette. More details coming soon! More

Marketing Conference Guides — great opportunity to promote your business at the HBW conference
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The HBW conference guide is the "who's who guide" that stays on the desks of top contacts at GMDC member companies all year long. Advertise in the Health Beauty Wellness Marketing Conference guide and be seen by hundreds of members who attend the 2011 conference. More

ProductSpotlight — promote what's hot!
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Reach more buyers and gain unparalleled exposure when you promote specific product news in the GMDC monthly e-Product spotlight, the perfect resource to distribute new product launches, seasonal purchasing opportunities, promotions or year-end specials — exclusively to wholesalers and retailers throughout the industry. More

Take advantage of GMDC's JobCenter to find the right employees
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Be sure to take advantage of GMDC's new JobCenter, a job site for employers to post jobs in the General Merchandise and Health Beauty Wellness industries. Post your company's available positions on GMDC's JobCenter today! More

Get certified on 'How To Do Business With' key retailer and wholesaler members
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The purpose of the "How To Do Business With" online training courses is to support GMDC Retailer and Wholesaler members' supply chain and purchasing processes with valued domestic and international trading partners. More

Category sales information available to members
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Take advantage of GMDC's Category Sales Recaps for General Merchandise and Health and Beauty categories. More

Free business magazines
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GMDC members, take advantage of this valuable benefit for free! More

Are you an MWBE company?
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Learn more about Minority and Women owned Business Enterprises. More

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      BUSINESS AND CONSUMER INSIGHTS


How supply chain trends are reshaping the way goods are imported and delivered to end users
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As the supply chain evolves in today's demand-driven environment, where end users "want it yesterday," all players in the chain must collaborate to meet customer expectations. Businesses must foster relationships to thrive by listening to what customers value, understanding common goals and designing mutually agreed-upon expectations. More



Retailers report small increases for May
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Coming off April, in which many of the national retail chains tracked by HFN posted double-digit same-store sales gains, May saw something of a deceleration in U.S. same-store sales increases. Only one of the chains — J.C. Penney — reported a decline in comparable-store sales, 1 percent. More

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      EXECUTIVE UPDATES


Stinebaugh named CEO at Bag 'N Save
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Bag 'N Save Supermarkets said that Louis Stinebaugh has been named president and chief executive officer of the 12-store chain. Stinebaugh most recently was division manager in Omaha, Neb., for Minneapolis-based Nash Finch Co., and he previously had been president and chief operating officer at Fresh Brands Distributing, the Piggly Wiggly operator in Sheboygan, Wis. More

Wal-Mart names new executives in China
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Wal-Mart Stores recently said it has named two top executives for its operations in China following the departure of both its chief financial officer and its chief development officer. Mario-Jose Medina will be the new CFO for the growing China division, succeeding Roland Lawrence. Del Sloneker will be the new COO, succeeding Rob Cissell. More

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      GENERAL MERCHANDISE


Visit our Kodak kiosk at the GM Marketing Conference!
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Eastman Kodak Co. recently announced that it has now introduced social network connectivity to the Kodak Picture Kiosk. With this new offering, consumers can access and print the photos they've published or shared on Kodak Gallery, Facebook and Picasa Web Albums, helping retailers, both large and small, increase profit potential, according to Kodak. More

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      HEALTH BEAUTY WELLNESS


CoverGirl, LeSportsac unveil cosmetic bag collection
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Pat McGrath, makeup artist and global creative design director for Procter & Gamble's CoverGirl brand, has teamed up with LeSportsac for the second year in a row. This time, they've collaborated on an eight-piece pro-inspired cosmetic bag collection. More

P&G's billion dollar brands
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Procter & Gamble has built a business around selling brands that bring a billion dollars or more — each — to the company's top line. Its vaunted billion-dollar brands — nearly two dozen of them that sell at least a billion, or in some cases, much more — are the core of its business. More

Taro reports rise in first quarter sales
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Taro realized a 21 percent increase in net sales for its first quarter, the drug maker said. The company said it raked in net sales of $107.7 million, an increase of $18.7 million. Diluted earnings per share totaled 58 cents, compared with 21 cents in the prior-year period. More

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      LEGISLATIVE/REGULATORY


Imminent vote on swipe fee delay requires retailer action
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., recently announced that he will seek to schedule a vote on an amendment by Senators Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., to delay implementation of rules that limit the swipe fees the banks extract from merchants for debit card purchases. More

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       RETAIL


Dollar General plans 2012 California debut
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Dollar General Corp. said it plans to open its first stores in California in 2012. The company anticipates beginning its expansion in the state in Sacramento, then working its way south through the Central Valley and into the Inland Empire. More

United Supermarkets to open third Market Street
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United Supermarkets' plans to open its third Market Street location in Lubbock, Texas, that will anchor a major redevelopment effort by Lubbock-based Tao Development Group. The store will be comparable in size to the city's two other Market Street locations, but with innovations in design and service concepts. More

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