IGDS connects, informs and supports leading department stores worldwide. We are the world's largest department store association.

Key Facts about the Industry

# of visitors per year:

> 1bn

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Remembering Bruce Nordstrom

Bruce Nordstrom, former chairman of Nordstrom's department store chain, dies at 90. Leading the family-run company for four decades, he was instrumental in its expansion from a Pacific Northwest business into an upscale national brand.

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Inspiring 15th World Department Store Summit 2024 in Berlin

The 15th IGDS World Department Store Summit will be staged on 12-13 September 2024 in Berlin, organised by IGDS (Intercontinental Group of Department Stores), the world's largest department store association. 

Titled 'Embracing Experiential Retailing', the Summit will cover the industry's most prominent topics including how to build customer traffic on all channels and increasing conversion rates; strengthening store brand and reputation; transitioning from conventional to progressive retail strategies; building collaborative leadership and teams.

IGDS WDSS 2024 Website 


GDI Impact Leadership Programme 2024

Developing the Next C-Suite Leaders

The Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI) has the pleasure of launching the GDI Impact Leadership Programme (ILP), developed in  cooperation with IGDS. A unique programme for department store executives only, it is addressing the needs of this retail sector and the complexity of its business model.

We are delighted to announce that applications are now open for the first edition of the ILP, due to be held in 2024. The programme will bring together department store leaders from around the world who possess the potential to take on greater leadership responsibility at C-level in the near future.


IGDS Intercontinental Network