The GC Buying Group announced it will hold its 2021 Start the Year Member Conference and Vendor Showcase from January 6-7 at Dallas Market Center during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, set for January 6-12.
The annual GC conference and showcase draws retailers from across the country to review new products from vendor principals, network among peers and experience presentations from business and industry experts, according to GC.
This year’s GC Buying Group Start the Year Conference in January welcomed 200 buyers from independent retailers and 145 vendors. A schedule for the 2021 Start the Year conference, including sessions, speakers, and participating vendors, will be announced in the coming months.
The hub of the 2021 event will be a GC Buying Group lounge and conference room on the second floor of the Dallas Market Center Trade Mart. Nearby trade show space will be utilized for the vendor showcase and social activities.
Janis Johnson, founder and president of GC, said, “We are honored to welcome the industry to GC’s hometown as we celebrate 40 years of service. This is going to be a special year, and we are pleased to work with a host marketplace that will provide new energy and tremendous support for all attendees. Now more than ever, independent retailers need to deepen relationships, discover what’s new and sharpen their skills to compete. The destination for gaining a business edge in 2021 will be Dallas.”
Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center, said, “We look forward to welcoming GC Buying Group stores and vendors to Dallas for inspiration and business renewal. Janis and her team share our commitment to supporting independent retail and working together to create a January event that can carry retailers forward confidently into the new year. We know that attendees will appreciate our hospitality, convenient location, wide product selection, and comprehensive health and safety protocols.”
Membership in GC Buying Group offers participation in conferences and showcases, merchandise discounts, and special programs (including freight allowances and dating programs), networking opportunities, and a members-only website and information exchange.
Dallas Market Center recently hosted multiple buying events, including the Total Home & Gift Market, which welcomed buyers and sellers into the buildings following strict health and safety protocols, including mandatory face coverings and temperature checks, set to continue for the foreseeable future.
Supported by 97% exhibitor participation, the August home and gift market attracted 55% of the attendance, including a sharp increase in new buyers, compared with last summer’s market, according to market officials.
The Dallas Market Center is home to gourmet and kitchenware resources inside its Trade Mart and World Trade Center buildings, including permanent showroom neighborhoods in the Trade Mart for housewares and tabletop. The open-daily Gourmet Market in the World Trade Center is home to hundreds of specialty food and beverages, kitchen and wine accessories, housewares, casual tabletop and gifts.