IGDS Global Events provide an independent platform for all leading department stores in the world and their business partners to meet and exchange regularly. They enhance and foster a global conversation among department store Chairmen / CEOs and stakeholders on their vision, ideas and challenges.

They address the latest economic, social-demographic and commercial developments as well as their impacts on the department store business from a global perspective, among an exclusive circle of industry peers.

In 2023, the Global Department Store Summit (GDSS) and the World Department Store Forum (WDSF) are merging to become the IGDS World Department Store Summit (IGDS WDSS).

The 14th IGDS WDSS will be staged on 11-12 October 2023 in Dubai, organised with IGDS member Al Tayer Insignia.

IGDS Global Events were organised in London (2008), Moscow (2009), New York (2010), Shanghai (2011), Paris (2012), Istanbul (2013), Singapore (2014), Rome (2015), Zurich (2016) Toronto (2017), London (2018), Tokyo (2019) and Seattle (2022).

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