via videotape and is the CEO and managing
director of Consumer Equity Partners, a venture capital firm. The two present a program
called Innovation Conversation.
The Showcase, a venue for suppliers to display products and merchandising vehicles,
is another mainstay of the GMDC show.
Buyers review the products and, with hand-held mobile scanner devices, scan the ones for
which they want more information. This year
a new feature, the Chairman’s Choice Award,
will recognize an outstanding product. The
product will be selected by GMDC board
chairman Stephen Davis from Weis Markets,
and other board members. “The idea here is,
let’s create some excitement and reward innovation,” says Spear. The winner will be recognized at the June 12th awards dinner. After the
conference, GDMC will announce the top ten
most scanned items.
Here are some of the companies that are
attending, and the items they will present:
American Greetings will be introducing cards
from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel.
Card senders can get help from Chewbacca,
Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Woody, Buzz
Lightyear, Marvel’s Avengers and even Darth
Vader to help celebrate occasions includ-
ing birthday, thank you, congrats, wedding,
baby, anniversary and thinking of you. Also,
the new line of Big Talkers birthday cards fea-
tures favorite Disney, Marvel and Star Wars
characters in an eye-catching die-cut format,
and each card features multiple authentic
Also from American Greetings, P.S. Hello
will arrive in card departments this summer,
to help shoppers celebrate life’s big, small and
in-between moments, such as a obtaining a
driver’s license, a big accomplishment with co-workers or getting a new pet.
In the fall, the Cleveland-based company
will launch several birthday card collections.
Chill Outs feature fun-themed refrigerators
that open up to reveal characters singing and
dancing to light-hearted, original music, and
have warm, playful messages and whimsical
illustrations. Hyper Pop-Ups are multi-sen-sory, pop-up cards that feature high-quality
audio, synchronized lights and small anima-tronics with the power to produce motion,
vibration and other sensory effects. Remote
Control Wishes feature funny photos of furry
friends that the consumer can “pop” off the
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