59th International Retail Summit

10 - 11 September 2009

Back to Retail - Reinventing the Basics

The illusions of globalisation are at an end. The retail sector is facing more changes in the next five years than it has in the last fifty. A new normality is emerging, less is taking the place of more. When a middle-class salary no longer stretches to a middle-class way of life, the "Age of Less" engenders new lifestyles: "trading down", "smart shopping", "luxury shame" and "stealth wealth" – covering needs rather than engaging in consumer frenzy. The new luxury is in the basics.
Retailing has to reinvent itself – gone are the days of "more of the same". It's no longer about speed and size at any price – what counts is working together throughout the entire value chain: cooperative societies, partner networks, pooled procurement. Is the future of retailing taking it back to its origins? Only far-sighted egoism that sees beyond the merely commercial can generate social wealth. Upright entrepreneurs of the Gottlieb Duttweiler type will take the place of short-termist profiteers.
Come and listen to proven experts at the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute discussing possible developments.

How you benefit
You can gain brand-new insights that are far removed from conventional thinking. Acknowledged experts analyse and discuss the really relevant questions of forward-looking strategies, market potential and growth concepts.

The International Retail Summit is a platform for CEOs and strategy-oriented executives from retailing, consumer-goods, service and consultancy companies.


10 September - 11 September 2009
2 days, 1 participant: CHF 2300.-
2 days, 2 participants: CHF 1950.-
1 day, per participant: CHF 1400.-

The fee has to be paid in advance. The price depends on the number of participants registered together from the same firm. Any subsequent participants registered separately will be billed separately. The conference fee includes all food and beverages.
Conference languages
German/English (simultaneous translation)

Study Tours
CHF 350.- including guide, transfers, drinks and dinner.
Limited group size. Consideration according to registration date.

Changes to the programme
The programme is subject to change. If the event does not take place, fees will be refunded. Further claims are ruled out.

Cancellations must be in writing and reach us by 10 August 2009 at the latest. After this date and until five full working days before the event begins, 75% of the fee will be charged. For later cancellations, the full fee will be charged. Substitute participants welcome.

There will be a free shuttle bus service between the GDI, Thalwil train station and the hotels.