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For the second consecutive year, The Cappy placed Top 5!


September 19, 2014

The Global Market Development Center has announced the Top 10 Scanned Showcase Products of the 2014 General Merchandise (GM) Marketing Conference, capturing the increasing product variety seen within its supplier community as its members continue to take advantage of the program to gain retail buyer exposure.

This year’s GM Conference was held in San Antonio, Texas, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa from Sept. 5-9. For four days, attending retailers and wholesalers browsed the GM Showcase room which featured both new and established products ranging from pet supplies, cooking items, books, toys, jewelry and other household items.

Aaron Mueller, V.P. Operations at Botskis & Company, a company that specializes in unique table-top, gift and decorative accessory products, saw immediate success in the program’s initiatives after placing in the Showcase Top 10 as a first-time GMDC conference attendee.

“The showcase was a great way for our customers to see our custom branded POS displays in person. During the Controlled Casual Conference (CCC) meetings I showed images on my iPad, but seeing the displays in person inside the Showcase room really helped customers visualize our displays in their stores,” said Mueller.

Jason Weber, Member Services Manager at GMDC, has seen the benefits play out for both new and returning members who enter product into the Showcase event.

“New members to the association gain traction with a showcase entry that not only provides a visual to complement their CCC meetings but also helps them gain additional appointments,” said Weber. “When working with Showcase participants, many take a great deal of consideration on the type of merchandising vehicle they want to highlight and particular items that they want to focus on.  The GMDC team members then set up the showcase room to put our best foot forward on their behalf.”

GMDC thanks all those who participated in the 2014 GM Showcase and congratulates the following Top 10 Scanned Showcase Products:

1.  Big Time Products, LLC
Title: Big Time Products Showcase
Description: Big Time Products is your one source glove vendor offering gloves for every department. Big Time has branded gloves for Cleaning, Food Handling, Hardware, Garden, Paint and Automotive. New to the product mix this year are promotional umbrellas.

2. True Fabrications 
Title: True Fabrications Barware
Description: Top selling Barware products. Featuring Shippers, Counter Displays and Floor Display fixtures.  True Fabrications is the leading wine lifestyle brand for thousands of wine retailers around the world.

3.  PIC Corporation
Title: Mosquito Repellent Lanterns
Description:  Repel Mosquitoes while decorating your Patio or Umbrella. These Citronella Plus infused Paper Lanterns come in two styles and sizes. Larger Round Lanterns and smaller Cylinder shaped Lanterns in vibrant colors. Don’t let Mosquitoes invade your living space.


4.  Cappy              
Title:  The Cappy
Description: “The Cappy” is truly a unique product that functions as a beverage can CLOSER and opener. It is available in 12 distinctive colors. The Cappy color identifies ownership, extends freshness/carbonation, keeps the drinking surface clean, protects the integrity of the beverage, and reduces spills.


5. Chef’n Corporation
Title:  Fun & Fresh Fruit & Veggie Prep
Description:  Chef’n Corporation’s showcase entry highlighted 12 different Spring & Summer Fruit & Vegetable prep gadgets displayed in counter display units.  Chef’n brings big thinking to the smallest corner of the kitchen, a housewares leader by creating fun and innovative products.

6. Euro-Ware / Dura-Kleen
Title:  Euro-Ware / Dura-Kleen Product Review
Description: Euro-Ware licensed lines of Frigidaire and Entenmann’s highlighted their showcase entry to include Frigidaire Food and Kitchen Storage and Entenmann’s Bakeware.
Euro-Ware / Dura-Kleen carries a complete line of housewares, cookware, bake ware, kitchen accessories, kitchen gadgets, dollar items and more.

7. Hugs
Title:  Chillz Cool Mat
Description: Chillz Cool Mat by Hugs, because Every Dog wants to be Cool…  Made of puncture resistant material that is non-toxic and doesn’t need to be frozen or chilled.
Hugs is dedicated to bringing comfort, health & happiness to your pet through unique and innovative pet products.

8. Jarden Consumer Solutions, General Appliances Division
Title: Lunch Crock Shipper
Description: Enjoy warm, hearty lunches without leaving your desk. The Crock-Pot® Lunch Crock® Food Warmer is a lunch tote and food warmer in one that warms while you work for delicious on-the-go meals that are ready when and where you are. Heats leftovers, soups, oatmeal and any number of favorites into amazing meals away from home.

9.  U. S. Poly Enterprise, Inc.
Title:  Poly Party Cup Floor Display
Description: This four tier display has four removable trays assuring 100% sell thru. Pack is 96 with assorted bright neon and summer colors and logos that will generate impulse sales. PPC’s are double walled to keep beverages colder, longer, and help prevent condensation. Proudly made in the USA.

10. Botskis
Title:  Botskis Floor Display
Description: Botskis Floor Display with Bottle Ties & Bowties (48pcs) + Circolet Clip Strip (36pcs).  We provide our retailers with packaging and displays that are impactful, informative and can accommodate a variety of retail environments. We invite you to view our entire collection – inspired by fun and laughter and created to amuse and delight. www.botskis.com

The next GM Marketing Conference will be held May 29 – June 2, 2015 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Fla.  To register, GMDC members can login to my.gmdc.org. If you are not a GMDC member but are interested in knowing more about the conferences and joining, please visit http://www.gmdc.org/benefits-membership or contact Vickii Barnard, Sr. Manager Member Services, at vbarnard@gmdc.org or 719.576.4260.

About GMDC: The Global Market Development Center (GMDC) is the premier global trade association dedicated to serving General Merchandise and Health Beauty Wellness retailers, wholesalers and suppliers. GMDC promotes critical connectivity to grow and expand member companies by uniting members through business building events and opportunities and enriching their thinking through education and training; consumer and business insights; and information resources.

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