IHT 2013

63rd International Retail Summit

Growth? Where tomorrow's retail markets are created

Growth? Where tomorrow's retail markets are created

Is there still growth in the Western world? Even the most renowned economists are beginning to have doubts about this and speak of "no growth". The economy of the West is shaped by population decline, dwindling resources, growing saturation and mushrooming debt and red tape. 

It's time to look for the retail markets of the future. The spectrum of options ranges from reckless competition for market share to the new opportunities offered by the Amazon Economy and even to a conscious capitalism of make-it-yourself and sharing. 

The GDI's 63rd International Retail Summit is all about growth prospects. Economists will explain the workings of a post-growth economy. Trend researchers will describe megatrends and countertrends. And retail pioneers will explain their strategies for achieving success in the new environment. Together they will answer questions such as: 

- What can traditional retailers learn from successful niche-market entrepreneurs?
- How can big-box retailers survive the looming zero growth?
- "Always on" and "showrooming": what does the Internet economy mean for brick-and-mortar retailing?
- Sharing, big data, resilience: hypes or megatrends?


Day 1
Thursday, 12 September 2013, 10.00 – 18.15

Welcome coffee

Post-growth: how to grow when we're no longer growing?

Robert J. Gordon (US)
The end of growth? What’s in store for us

David Bosshart (CH)
Sharing, making, swapping: how a new economy is transforming retail and consumer relationships

Managing retail tomorrow

Dieter Berninghaus (CH)
Further growth: the prospects for retail

Pioneers I: Growth through product innovation

Monika Walser (CH)
Out of the bag: how businesses can grow creatively


Pioniers I: Growth through product innovation

Stefan Meyrat (DE)
Sustainability in retail: point-of-sale challenge

The future of multi-channel

Sucharita Mulpuru-Kodali (US)
Online retail: will web retail lead bricks-and-mortar to doom or bloom?

Chris Todd (CH)
Navigating the path to purchase in the always-on marketplace 


Pioneers II: Growth through re-invention

Lionel Souque (D)
How to turn your customers into fans

Johannes Gutmann (A)
Organic retail: from wacko to winner

Digression: How to decide?

Gerd Gigerenzer (D)
Risk: the psychology of decision-making

Summary 1st Day
David Bosshart (CH)

Networking and lounge
Shuttle transfer to the hotels and Thalwil station


Day 2
Friday, 13 September 2013, 09.00 – 14.30

Leading change

Götz W. Werner (D)
Focus on people: how we become fit for the future

Hans-Otto Schrader (D)
Leading for change: from mail-order business to successful online retailer


Digression: Consumption in the future

Karin Frick (CH)
From retail to rentail: why in future we'll do more sharing and swapping rather than buying

Future Retail Lab

Nicole Vanderbilt (UK)
Peer-to-peer commerce: building more than a marketplace for crafts

Marleen Vogelaar (US)
3-D printing: the rise of creative commerce

Bertie Stephens (UK)
eCommerce 3.0.: The Demand Driven Marketplace



Study Tour
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 – 14.00 to 21.00

On the eve of the 63rd Retail Summit, there will be an introductory presentation on “Around the world in 18 days – international retail highlights”, followed by a tour of some new shopping concepts in Zurich. This study tour for Retail Summit participants only will visit the Freitag store and other new store concepts located at the Frau Gerolds Garten urban park and elsewhere. Please note that the number of participants is limited and that registration for the International. Retail Summit is a requirement for participation in the study tour. German to English simultaneous translation available if desired. 

Ernst Dieter Berninghaus

Ernst Dieter Berninghaus

Chairman of SIGNA Group, Austrias biggest private real estate company. Until 2016, Berninghaus was Head of the Trade Department and member of the Executive Board of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives (MGB).

David Bosshart

David Bosshart

Author, Speaker, Executive Advisor

Dr. David Bosshart was CEO of the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for consumption, economic and social studies from 1999 to 2020. Since 2020 he has been President of the Gottlieb and Adele Duttweiler Foundation.

Goetz Werner

Götz W. Werner

Founder and member of the Board of Directors of dm-drogerie markt, Germany’s biggest drugstore chain with 2700 stores in twelve European countries. With his book "Einkommen für alle", Werner triggered the discussion about a basic income for every citizen guaranteed by the state.

Hans Otto Schrader

Hans-Otto Schrader

Chairman of the Executive Board of Otto Group since 2007. Prior to that, Schrader held positions in auditing, purchasing and import organisation. As Board member, he was responsible for personnel and purchasing. The services and trading group operates 123 companies around the world.

Kruti Patel Goyal

Kruti Patel Goyal

Vice President of Etsy International, an online marketplace for DIY products with over 22 million members in more than 200 countries. Prior to joining Etsy in 2011, Goyal, who holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, was in charge of in digital media and growth opportunities at (RED) and Viacom.

Robert J Gordon

Robert J. Gordon

Internationally renowned macroeconomist. A professor at Northwestern University, his controversial analyses predict minimal growth for the USA in the years to come. Gordon is a member of the NBER’s Business Cycle Dating Committee that monitors economic development in the U.S.

Sucharita Mulpuru

Sucharita Mulpuru-Kodali

Principal analyst on Forrester’s eBusiness team. Focusing on consumer behavior and trends in online shopping, she is frequently cited on multichannel retail topics in leading media outlets. The Harvard graduate was the director of marketing at Saks Fifth Avenue and held management positions at Toys R Us and Walt Disney.

Stefan Meyrat

Stefan Meyrat

Head of Global Retail at PUMA. The 44-year-old Swiss has been with the sportswear manufacturer for seven years, first for Retail EEMEA and since 2012 for global retail. Prior to that, Meyrat worked for Wolford, FMCG and as an international business consultant. MBA at IMD in Lausanne.

Chris Todd

Chris Todd

Head E-Commerce at VF Corporation for the brands The North Face and Vans EMEA. During his 14 years in online retailing he has been responsible for outdoor and action sport brands such as Patagonia, Quiksilver, Roxy and DC Shoes.

Monika Walser

Monika Walser

CEO of Freitag since 2009. Freitag employs 130 people, sells 300,000 bags and accessories per year (20% of which online), owns 400 selling points and 9 shops all over the world. Walser carries carries a Master degree in communication an MBA in leadership and ethics.

gerd gigerenzer

Gerd Gigerenzer

Director emeritus at the Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung and director at the Harding-Zentrum für Risikokompetenz. His books «Gut Feelings» and «Rationality for Mortals» have been translated into 18 languages and awarded worldwide. His new book translates «Risk: Hot to make the right decisions».

Marleen Vogelaar

Marleen Vogelaar

CSO and co-founder of Shapeways, a 3-D-printing service company that prints objects from design files uploaded by users. By the end of 2012, 6 billion product variations were available on Shapeways. Earlier, Vogelaar worked at the boutique consultancy Solving IMCG in M&A and strategy.

Bertie Stephens

Bertie Stephens

CEO and co-founder of Flubit, a demand driven online shopping service that offers to find its users a specific product at a lower price. Before launching Flubit, Stephens, a film production graduate from LSBU, ran a successful video production company.

Lionel Souque

Lionel Souque

Management Board member of REWE Group. As the Chairman of REWE Markt GMbH, Souque is in charge of the supermarkets in Germany. Prior to that, Souque lead the REWE-stores in Central and Eastern Europe as well as in Italy.

Johannes Gutmann

Johannes Gutmann

Founder and director of the Austrian Sonnentor Kräuterhandels GmbH. In 25 years, the son of a farmer turned a one-man-enterprise into an international organic business with 215 employees and companies in the Czech Republic, Albania and Romania. Sonnentor exports its goods in more than 50 countries.


12 September - 13 September 2013

Early-bird prices
2 days, 1 participant: CHF 2300.-
2 days, 2 or more participants: CHF 1950.-
1 day, per participant: CHF 1400.-

Study Tour CHF 350.– 

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 (including VAT). Participants registering less than two weeks before the event can pay by credit card only.

Event location
Langhaldenstrasse 21
8803 Rüschlikon

German/English (simultaneous translation)

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 profit from the special pricings, please use the following email adresses and refer to the following code: IHT 2013
Hotel Sedartis, Thalwil info(at)sedartis.ch
Hotel Alexander, Thalwil info(at)alexander-am-zuerichsee.ch
More hotels can be found at www.zuerich.com

There will be a free shuttle bus service between the GDI and the hotels Sedartis and Alexander in Thalwil as well as Belvoir in Rüschlikon.