September 07, 2022
8 min read

Reminiscing on A Summer of Socialization for GK

It's cliché but it's true – our people are our greatest assets. No matter how much emphasis we put on our advanced technology, our customers, employees and partners will always come first.

That's why this summer was so important to us. We finally got to meet up in person again and we loved every second of it.

This summer was filled with customer events, in-person meetings, team reunions, and conferences. Getting to know one another, even those of us that joined the GK family during the pandemic, was fantastic and the bonds formed will benefit us, as an organization, for years to come.

For those of you that couldn't visit with us in person, this blog will showcase some of the summer's biggest highlights for GK.

Beating the Heat at the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race

In late July, the GK Americas team went to the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race in Newton, Iowa. Hy-Vee is a long-term customer for GK. The grocery and convenience store retailer currently utilizes GK's GK's OmniPOS, TransAction+ Payments and GK Drive forecourt solutions.

Several GK customers attended and first met at Hy-Vee's beautiful "Helpful Smiles Technology" center. After a tour and presentations by Hy-Vee, Discount Tire and Dunn Edwards Paints, they visited a store running the GK solutions and then they were off to the races. But the fun didn't end there, the event included numerous car races and musical performances from Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Florida Georgie Line!

This event allowed GK to reconnect with our customers and have some fun. We look forward to many more customer events in our future.

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Coming Together In North Carolina

In May 2022, GK hosted its first get-together since the pandemic began. The entire GK Americas team was invited to Raleigh, North Carolina to celebrate recent successes and get reacquainted.

During the week, individual teams were able to meet in-person for the first time in two years. In just a few short days, we saw our teams grow closer and we're excited to see the exceptional new innovations that will arise from these conversations.

We were also able to introduce our teams to upcoming product developments. The excitement over what's to come was clear, and we can't wait to announce these new developments to our wider GK community in the months to come.

After the work was done, the team gathered at the beautiful Angus Barn to enjoy food, music and the well-loved photo booth shown below. It was great to be able to laugh together and spend time outside of the (virtual) office.

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Showcasing GK GO and Making New Connections at EuroCIS

The GK Americas team wasn't the only team in on the summer fun. GK also attended EuroCIS, the leading retail technology trade fair in Germany in May. The team proudly showed off GK GO, our "grab & go" scanless technology shopping format. The pop-up store is designed to showcase GK's unique technology which makes scanless technology a tangible, easy-to-understand experience.

In addition, GK's client solutions executive, Markus Elbers presented on "Success factors for personalization in food retail," alongside GK customer, the Coop Group. The team also hosted three lunch and learn sessions highlighting GK GO.

Conferences like EuroCIS give us the opportunity to connect with our peers, partners and potential customers, to build stronger, more mutually beneficial relationships. And, since GK is committed to continually advancing our solutions, we also enjoy viewing presentations from other leading retail technology vendors. These timely conversations often fuel further curiosity and help inform our next big solutions.     

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Continuing the Summer Fun Year Round

The summer may be coming to an end, but our in-person events are just beginning. We’re looking forward to more opportunities to meet with our teams and customers in person in the future.

To see if you can join us at an upcoming event, visit our Events page. In the meantime, you can contact us to set up a meeting – we love to add more innovative minds to our exceptional community.

Or, if you’re looking to join a team that’s people-oriented and knows how to have fun? Visit our careers page today.