70. Internationale Handelstagung / Retail Summit

70th International Retail Summit

Urban Retail 2030: Rethinking Spaces

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Retail is currently reinventing urban spaces, with city centres experiencing the greatest transformation since the invention of cars. We’re just not quite prepared for the delivery economy and its delivery vehicles, couriers, robots and drones. Urban production, meanwhile, is increasingly becoming feasible again. 

Convenience and pop-ups are increasingly merging with innovative sustainability and reselling ideas as the number of people looking to consume less at a better quality grows. Resale is set to become the new sales. As part of what mix of offerings will retail be attractive and profitable? 

The 70th International Retail Summit will address the following questions, among others:

  • City centres: from shopping area to representational area?
  • Prestige constructions vs. container shops: is the rise of small formats unstoppable?
  • On- or offline, it’s all the same to the customer. When will retailers follow suit?
  • A four-minute last mile? Getting a grip on delivery
  • Urban life needs retail, and shopping needs passers-by. Or do they?
  • Centre vs. periphery: is production returning to cities?
  • Where can I actually meet my customers today?
2000 (instead of CHF 2500) for early birds until 31 May!

Thursday, 10 September 2020

10.00 – 17.30 Conference
from 17.30 Networking Dinner

Friday, 11 September 2020

9.00 – 13.00 Conference
from 13.00 Networking Lunch

The detailed programme will be announced soon.

Andre Maeder

André Maeder

Group Managing Director at The KaDeWe Group. Maeder looks back on a long and international retail career. His focus has been on premium and luxury brands. At Harrods, he was Chief Operational and Merchandise Officer, at Hugo Boss MOB and Head Global Retail. As Chief Retail Officer, Maeder als worked for Karstadt.

Simona Scarpaleggia

Simona Scarpaleggia

Head of the global initiative "The Future of our Work", Ingka Group (Ikea). Scarpaleggia had been HR manager in different companies in Italy for 20 years. Since joining Ikea in 2000, she has held various management positions. Between 2010 and 2019, Scarpaleggia was CEO of Ikea Switzerland.


Kristian Skovbakke Villadsen

Partner & Director, Gehl Architects. In his role Villadsen operates in the span between political visions and the detailed urban design. His focus is always on livability and sustainability, whether in mobility, masterplanning, revitalization strategies or urban policies. Villadsen has worked with a number of leading cities, developers, organizations and NGO’s, across Europe, North America and China. For his input to the development e.g. of the Huang Pu River Waterfront Development Strategy and of Nanijang Lu shopping street, he was honored with Shanghai’s «Magnolia Award».

Emmanuelle Hoss

Emmanuelle Hoss

Managing Director, Semaest. Hoss has worked for several years as a technical advisor to the Mayor of Paris. At the planning office Semaest, she developed and implemented a support program for Parisian shop owners. Semaest takes care of the preservation of Parisian retail and is commissioned and financially supported by the Parisian City Hall.

Thomas Sevcik

Thomas Sevcik

Co-founder of the Think Tank arthesia. Thomas Sevcik is one of the masterminds of the Autostadt project in Wolfsburg. Furthermore, he developed the idea, strategy and content of the Airport City project The Circle at Zurich Airport and the LabCampus idea for Munich Airport. He is networked worldwide and is a regular author, panelist and commentator.

Samantha Klein

Samantha Klein

Millennial and generation Z expert. Klein has got over a decade of experience building, launching and marketing successful retail and technology brands, products, communities and campaigns at companies such as Walmart, IBM, MasterCard, Apple, Microsoft, Target, Nordstrom and Costco.

Matt Heiman

Matt Heiman

Co-Founder and Chairman, Cocoon. Cocoon is a London-based monthly subscription service for luxury handbags that allows consumers to access new-season, pre-owned and limited edition vintage styles from over 30 luxury brands, ranging from Dior, Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta to younger labels like Rejina Pyo and Jacquemus.

Torsten Toeller

Torsten Toeller

Founder, Fressnapf. With the founding of Fressnapf in 1990, Toeller brought the idea of a discounter for pet supplies to Europe. For his work, Toeller has been awarded several times, among other as "Entrepreneur of the Year" or with the "Goldener Zuckerhut".

David Sandström

David Sandström

Chief Marketing Officer, Klarna Bank AB. Sandström joined Klarna in 2017 where he has lead the fintech company from one of many financial institutions to a rethinking lifestyle brand. The campaign "Get Smoooth", with Snoop Dogg as the front figure, has become one of the most mentioned ever in Sweden and has also attracted great attention internationally.

Paul Myers

Paul Myers

Co-founder and Managing Director, Farm Urban. The company's goal is to rethink agriculture, bring it to urban areas and thus change society's relationship to food and the environment. Myers holds a PhD in epigenetics from the University of Liverpool.

Markus Laenzlinger

Markus Laenzlinger

CEO, Migrolino. Laenzlinger has been managing the subsidiary of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives for eleven years. Previously, he held various management positions. Among others, he was CEO of Cevanova, a joint venture of SBB, Migros and Valora, and Head of Commercial Use at SBB’s real estates department.

Uwe D'Agnone

Uwe D'Agnone

Managing Director, Creapaper. For more than thirty years, D'Agnone has been working as an independent entrepreneur on ecological paper alternatives. In 2012, D'Agnone developed a process for producing grass paper. For this invention, he and his company were awarded several times, among others with the “Red Herring” Top 100 Award Europe 2019.

David Bosshart

David Bosshart

Dr. David Bosshart is CEO of the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for Economic and Social Studies. He holds a PhD in philosophy, is the author of numerous international publications and a worldwide sought-after speaker. His work focuses on the future of consumption, societal transformation, digitisation, management and culture, globalisation and political philosophy.


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 May: CHF 2000

2 days, 2 or more persons:

Full price: CHF 2125 / person

can be cumulated with:

20 % early-bird discount until 31 May: CHF 1625

1 day, per person:  

Full price: CHF 1500

20 % early-bird discount until 31 May: CHF 1200

1 Day: CHF 600

2 Days: CHF 800
Discount code on request: iht@gdi.ch


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: IHT2020
Hotel Sedartis, Thalwil: info@sedartis.ch
Hotel Belvoir, Ruschlikon: info@hotel-belvoir.ch
Hotel Ibis, Adliswil: welcome@ibiszurich.ch

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


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