International Retail Summit 2019

69th International Retail Summit

More Retailing, Less Retailers: New Purpose In a New Ecosystem

The mechanics of retail are simple: procure goods cheaply and place them on the shelves with a decent margin. But the ecosystem of consumption and value add are being reconfigured, and roles are changing. Fewer retailers are needed, and time comes before space in the always-on world; the right product must be available in the right place both faster and more agile. This means retailers must acquire new skills or enter into innovative partnerships. An entrepreneurial – not managerial – attitude is required. The retail world of tomorrow belongs to those who take initiative.

The 69th International Retail Summit at GDI will tackle the following questions:

  • Convenience and sustainability: full stomach or morals first?
  • How can we create customer relationships in an era of total digital transparency?
  • What do fragmentation, niches and small volume mean for traditional retail?
  • What will brands provide in the new ecosystem?
  • Location, location, geolocation – what role does physical location play?
  • Which technology trends are actually relevant?
  • ... and, once again: what exactly will we need retail for in the future?

The power play between retail and industry is replaced by cooperation.


Thursday, 5 September, 10.00 – 17.30

Welcome Coffee

David Bosshart (CH), CEO, Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
More Retailing, Less Retailers: New Purpose in a New Ecosystem

Jeongwen Chiang (CN), Professor of Marketing, China Europe International Business School CEIBS
China Today: Insights into The Most Innovative Retail Landscape

Hans Ulrich Obrist (CH), Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, in conversation with
Demna Gvasalia (CH), Founder and Artistic Director of Vetements and Artistic Director of Balenciaga
Triggers of Inspiration: Insights from Art and Fashion

Networking Lunch

Pauline Png (SG), NewGen Retail expert and former Managing Director, habitat by honestbee
NewGen Retail: When Tech and Convenience Meet Experience

Olaf Schomaker (DE), Managing Director, Globus SB-Warenhaus Holding
Local Hero: The Principle of Lasting Customer Relations

Rainer Deutschmann (CH), Head of Corporate Logistics Transportation Division, Federation of Migros Cooperatives
Here and Now: Why Logistics is the New Black

Sarah-Diane Eck (FR), CEO and Co-founder, Sandblock
Merchants United: When Loyalty Meets Blockchain

Coffee Break

Götz Rehn (DE), Founder and General Manager, Alnatura
Consistently Sustainable: A Field Report

Mette Lykke (DK), CEO, Too Good To Go
Bigger Than Business: Fighting Food Waste Together

Tom Szaky (US), CEO and Co-founder, TerraCycle
The Milkman Returns: When Zero-Waste Beats Packaging

Flying Networking Dinner

Shuttleservice: Transfer to Hotel Sedartis and Thalwil train station

Friday, 6 September, 09.00 – 13.00

Daniel Schunk (DE), Professor of Public and Behavioral Economics, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Competent Decision Making: The Crucial Skills

Hendrik Blijdenstein (CH), CCO, Digitec Galaxus
Pioneers of Change: Success Factors in Online Retail

Olaf Koch (DE), Chairman of the Management Board, METRO
Wholesale 360: The Path Towards Customer Centricity

Coffee Break

Johanna Jaskowska (FR), Digital Creative
Virtually Beautiful: Creating Looks With Digital Filters

An Xiao Mina (US), Affiliate Researcher, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society; Harvard University
Contagious Objects: On Pussyhats and Fidget Spinners

David Bosshart (CH), CEO, Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
Stephan Fetsch (DE), Partner, Deal Advisory-Valuation, EMA Head of Retail, KPMG
The End of Consumption as We Know It: Will Data Make Retail Redundant?

Networking Lunch


Götz Rehn

Götz Rehn

Founder and General Manager of Alnatura, the successful German provider of organic food and textiles. Since its foundation in 1984 the enterprise has enjoyed constant sales growth. In addition to his work as an entrepreneur, Götz Rehn has been an honorary professor at the Alanus University in Alfter near Bonn since 2007, where he heads the Institute for Social Organics.

demna gvasalia

Demna Gvasalia

Demna Gvasalia is a founder and artistic director of Vetements and artistic director of Balenciaga. He graduated from fashion department of Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 2006 and designed for Maison Martin Margiela and Louis Vuitton before founding his personal fashion brand Vetements in 2013. Since 2015 he is also the artistic director of Balenciaga, one of the oldest Parisian couture houses. In 2016 Demna received the International Designer Award from CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), followed by the Accessories Designer of the Year in 2018. Demna lives and works in Zürich.

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London, and Senior Artistic Advisor of The Shed in New York. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show World Soup (The Kitchen Show) in 1991, he has curated more than 300 shows. Obrist’s recent publications include "Mondialité", "Somewhere Totally Else" and "Ways of Curating".


Jeongwen Chiang

Professor Emeritus at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), which lists among the „Financial Times“ top five MBA Programms worldwide. Chiang's research interests cover the quantitative analysis concerning e.g. competitive analysis or the measurement of consumer satisfaction. His papers have been published in world-renowned academic journals.


Hendrik Blijdenstein

CCO, Digitec Galaxus. As a member of the management board, Blijdenstein is responsible for product buying and for the assortment of goods. Prior to his employment at Digitec Galaxus, Blijdenstein headed the sales division at Philips Consumer Lifestyle Switzerland.

Mette Lykke

Mette Lykke

Mette Lykke is an accomplished entrepreneur on a mission to fight food waste as CEO of Too Good To Go. Available in nine countries in Europe, Too Good To Go is helping more than 10,000 restaurants, supermarkets and other food retailers sell the surplus food they would otherwise have thrown away at the end of business. The vision is to create a strong movement to get all of us to waste less food.

Tom Szaky

Tom Szaky

Founder and CEO, TerraCycle. Through TerraCycle, Szaky is creating circular solutions for waste streams such as cigarette butts that otherwise have no path to be recycled. TerraCycle’s new e-commerce shopping platform Loop will enable consumers to shop for some of their favorite brands in durable, reusable packaging. Szaky has received awards and recognition from the United Nations, World Economic Forum and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Olaf Koch

Olaf Koch

Chairman of the Management Board of METRO. Olaf Koch has been with METRO since 2009 when he was appointed a member of the Management Board serving as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Metro, Koch was Managing Director Operations at the Private Equity company Permira, which he joined after a tenure at Daimler Chrysler AG, having occupied a number of managerial positions.

Pauline Png

Pauline Png

NewGen Retail expert and former Managing Director, habitat by honestbee. Png was responsible for managing honestbee's NewGen Retail concepts, marketing and branding. With her 20 years of experience in FMCG for companies such as Procter and Gamble, founder of her business and consulting, Png has worked on building brands and businesses from Multinational Cooperations to Startups across categories like beauty, health, sports and e-commerce sectors.

An Xiao Mina

An Xiao Mina

Technologist, writer and artist. Mina is an affiliate researcher at the Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Mina is also co-founder of The Civic Beat, a global research collective focused on the creative side of civic technology, and author of „Memes to Movements: How the World’s Most Viral Media is Changing Social Protest and Power“.

Sarah Diane Eck

Sarah-Diane Eck

CEO and co-founder of Sandblock, a French blockchain startup that wants to revolutionise customer engagement through gamification. Eck is also the Vice President of France Digitale, a general interest association that brings together digital entrepreneurs and investors. The French entrepreneur holds a triple degree in Business & Management (HEC Paris), Engineering (AgroParisTech) and Corporate Law & International Tax (Panthéon-Assas).

Stephan Fetsch

Stephan Fetsch

Partner, Deal Advisory-Valuation, EMA Head of Retail at KPMG. Fetsch is responsible for the retail sector at KPMG Germany and KPMG Europe. In this function, his main focus lies on business planning, corporate valuation, intangible assets, joint venture as well as value-based decision making and transaction consulting.

Johanna Jaskowska

Johanna Jaskowska

Digital Creative, who invented the Instagram Beauty Filter beauty3000 that took over Instagram. Jaskowska understands beauty in a digital context. With new technologies she creates innovative ways to interact and communicate. Jaskowska is interested in social experiments and observing how people behave in different situations.

Rainer Deutschmann

Rainer Deutschmann

Head of Corporate Logistics Transportation Division of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives. From 2004 to 2016, Deutschmann was Director Supply Chain Management and a member of the Manor Executive Board. Prior to that, he was head of the central datacentre of the Swiss Financial Centre and, as head of the IT Services division, a member of the management board of Telekurs Services AG.

Olaf Schomaker

Olaf Schomaker

Managing Director of Globus SB-Warenhaus Holding. In this position, Schomaker is responsible for Sales Region East and Infrastructure. He has held various positions at Globus Holding since 1999 and was previously Managing Director Human Resources, IT and Controlling.

Daniel Schunk

Daniel Schunk

Daniel Schunk is a professor of public and behavioral economics at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany) and a permanent research fellow at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). His research focuses on experimental and behavioral economics, on economics of education and on public policy. Beyond his work in economics, he maintains active collaborations with neuroscientists, psychologists, geneticists as well as bioinformaticians.

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.


Reto Brennwald

Reto Brennwald

TV journalist, filmmaker and media trainer. From 2008 to 2011 Reto Brennwald presented SRF's politics programme "Arena". Prior to that, he had been moderator of the "Rundschau" for seven years. Reto Brennwald has been active in the electronic media sphere for 25 years. In 2015 he founded the Talk&Film GmbH for communication, moderation and film production.


2 days, 1 person:  

Full price: CHF 2500

20 % early-bird discount until 31 March 2019: CHF 2000

10 % early-bird discount until 31 May 2019: CHF 2250

2 days, 2 or more persons:

Full price: CHF 2125 / person

can be cumulated with:

20 % early-bird discount until 31 March 2019: CHF 1625

10 % early-bird discount until 31 May 2019: CHF 1875

1 day, per person:  

Full price: CHF 1500

20 % early-bird discount until 31 March 2019: CHF 1200

10 % early-bird discount until 31 May 2019: CHF 1350

1 Day: CHF 600

2 Days: CHF 800
Discount code on request:


Payment in advance. Reduced fees apply when more than one participant from the same company registers at the same time. Any subsequent participant registered later 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.



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 use the following email adresses and refer to the code: IHT2019
Hotel Sedartis, Thalwil:
Hotel Belvoir, Ruschlikon:
Hotel Ibis, Adliswil:

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



GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
Langhaldenstrasse 21
8803 Rüschlikon/Zurich


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