GC Buying Group put a focus on education and new strategic partnerships to help kick off 2018. The group’s 15th annual Start The Year member event was dotted with presentations by both store owners and vendors to help educate attendees about best practices, top-selling items and new technology that can benefit the independent housewares channel.
At the event, special guest speaker Christopher Kimball, formerly of “America’s Test Kitchen” and now of Milk Street, spoke to GC stores about his new venture that combines cooking school innovation with a best in class, carefully curated assortment of products. An added feature of Milk Street is a social media option for independent retailers.
“Both store and vendor members expressed great pleasure with this year’s special event. Everyone commented on the overwhelming, prevailing energy in the store meeting and vendor showcase,” said Janis Johnson, president and founder, GC Buying Group.