The World Department Store Forum (WDSF)

The WDSF gathers biennially the department stores from all over the world and their global brands, suppliers and partners. The Forum is destined to all stakeholders of the retail industry in order to learn from each other and to achieve closer cooperation and exchange. The inspirational and visionary thoughts gathered during WDSF as well as the interactions with peers should help department stores and retailers to improve top-line growth, margins and inventories. The WDSF is held every other year in a different city. WDSF 2013 is organized by IGDS, in collaboration with Boyner Department Stores.


. WDSF 2009 in Moscow

The 1st WDSF was organized in April 2009 in Moscow, in cooperation with GUM Department Store. The main theme was ‘The Importance and Impact of Flagship Stores’. The Forum, which gathered 170 top executives from the retail industry worldwide, presented 14 seasoned department store and retail CEOs. To learn more about this event, please visit the website

. WDSF 2011 in Shanghai

317 delegates from 36 countries – including 54 CEOs from department stores from around the world – attended the 2nd WDSF in Shanghai, co-organized by Bailian Group and IGDS. Carrying the theme of ‘China Impacts Department Stores and Suppliers’, the Forum invited 18 CEO speakers to present their company’s strategies and successful developments. More information on the event website


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