IGDS organises annually more than 20 exclusive events for its members:

  • General Assembly & World Department Store Summit
  • Conferences (Cosmetics, Fashion, VM, Logistics, HR, etc)
  • Seminars & Workshops  (Strategy, Planning, Negotiation Skills)
  • International Study Tours
  • Special Interest Groups (CFOs, Heads of Procurement/Sourcing)

Learn more about our open-enrollment events


IGDS conducts a range of unique benchmarks and surveys exclusively for its members:

  • Quarterly and Yearly Dashboards: analysis of various KPIs

  • IGDS CEO Poll: Yearly Business Sentiment Survey

  • Ad-hoc subject matters: surveys upon request of members

Talent Management

IGDS stages a unique Global High Potential Programme

Selected talented and upcoming executives from IGDS members meet once a year to work together on a specific international project. Their findings are presented to IGDS CEOs during the IGDS General Assembly. To date, more than 300 retail talents have attended it, with many going on to serve at C-Level.


IGDS provides its members with a great number of opportunities for personal networking – from CEOs to senior executives.

Bringing together non-competing department stores promotes a particularly open environment for the exchange of know-how and experiences and the sharing of best practices in an otherwise challenging business. As the world's foremost association for department stores, IGDS is also in a perfect position to identify opportunities for cooperation and promote synergies amongst members. The organisation also offers its services and connections for individual member requests.

​​​​​​The Power of Meaningful Connections

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