66th International Retail Summit

8 - 9 September 2016

More than Retail: Leadership 2020

Photo: Matthew Millman

The balance of power in retail is shifting. Amazon, Apple, Alibaba – international giants and start-ups from other sectors are creating an increasingly complex landscape. 

Leadership is more important than ever in rapidly changing markets – exchange rates, migration, the threat of mass unemployment and rising government debt all have an impact on buying power and consumer spending. Leaders will need more than just traditional industry experience to be successful. So what skills do CEOs and managers need in the future? 

One thing is clear: trading expertise alone is not enough. The new formula is: ⅓ industry knowledge, ⅓ transformation knowledge and ⅓ digital knowledge. The 66th International Retail Summit will address the most pressing issues for retail leadership in 2020:
  • How should we lead during upheaval?
  • What role do instinct and emotion play?
  • What type of corporate culture will be successful in future?
  • Which factors will influence us in the newly emerging Europe?
  • Is size a decisive factor in retail, or are we seeing a renaissance of the small and the agile?
Expect answers from established businessmen, radical entrepreneurs and thought leaders. The list of speakers will be updated regularly here.


8 September - 9 September 2016

2 days, 1 person:  
Full price: CHF 2300 CHF

2 days, 2 or more persons:
Full price: 1955 CHF / person

1 day, per person:  
Full price: CHF 1400 CHF

Price for startups:
1 day: 450 CHF
2 days: 600 CHF
(Discount code on request: iht@gdi.ch)

Payment in advance. Reduced fees apply when more than one participant from the same company register at the same time. Any subsequent participants registered separately will be invoiced separately. The conference fee includes all food and beverages (and VAT). Participants registering less than two weeks before the event can pay by credit card only.

GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
Langhaldenstrasse 21
8803 Rüschlikon
Calculate Route
German/English (simultaneous interpretation)

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

If you are unable to attend, please let us have your cancellation in writing. The fee will be reimbursed on cancellation thirty or more days before the event. After this term and until five full working days prior to the event we will charge 75% of the fee. In the event of later cancellations we will charge the full participation fee. Substitute participants welcome.

Hotel reservation
To benefit from special rates, please contact Ms Brigitte Fischer at iht(at)gdi.ch 

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

All images of the conference can be found here constantly updated. More...

Fact sheet Retail Summit

From what industry and company level our participants and speakers come from? What our customers say about the Retail Summit? More...


Programme (PDF)


Brigitte Fischer
Phone +41 44 724 62 66


Langhaldenstrasse 21, CH-8803 Rüschlikon
Route planner


Terms and Conditions