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The INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION of DEPARTMENT STORES was founded in 1928 by a small number of forward-looking department store executives to exchange ideas and practices about the management of department stores. The IADS MERCHANDISE GROUP focuses on merchandise issues since its creation in 1953. Together, they provide a quality, trusted and private environment for department store top managers to meet each other, to be inspired, to share experiences and to be exposed to applicable ideas and practices.
The INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEPARTMENT STORES maintains links with department stores and their partners around the world as well as with associations, universities, analysts, consultants, other experts and brands and suppliers. Through a programme of meetings, working groups and projects, the IADS Academy and an intranet platform, members exchange and cooperate on all areas of department store operations, and use the IADS office as a resource.
The IADS is in a unique position to capitalise on its history to provide member companies with professional, high quality and yet personalised services, contacts and ideas into the future, and help its members deal together with economic uncertainty, rapidly-changing technology, demanding customers, a wide variety of partners, and innovative competition.
The Retail Research Group of Department Stores was born in Europe in the course of 1928 and its office established in Paris. In 1931, the name was changed to the present International Association of Department Stores.
Regular overview of relevant retail news published and distributed on paper until 2006 and available online since.
A group of IADS members set up the Association Internationale de Commerce et de Gestion (later to become the ACI Association Commerciale Internationale) in 1953 with headquarters in Brussels.
The classic book on department stores written by the General Secretary of IADS.
At the request of the newly appointed General Secretary.
Continues pioneering work in answer to members’ requests
In 2010, offices moved to Paris and the ACI was integrated as an affinity group of IADS allowing some cooperation but maintaining a degree of autonomy.
To be relaunched in 2017.
Young potentials from IADS companies work together on 3-month project presented to CEOs.