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

Key Facts about the Industry

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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.

Inspiring 14th World Department Store Summit 2023 in Dubai

The 14th IGDS World Department Summit, held on 11-12 October 2023 for the first time in Dubai, was a great success! Al Tayer Insignia and IGDS were the organisers of the Summit, which attracted 330 top executives from 46 countries to the Emirates.

IGDS WDSS 2023 in Dubai


IGDS Intercontinental Network

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