Founded in 1928 in Paris.
To exchange ideas and practices about the management of department stores.
Through a programme of meetings and working groups, an Academy and study retail tours, an extranet platform and the use the IADS office as a resource.
With 90 years of experience with department stores and a focus on merchandise issues since 1953, 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.
From 1920 to 1940: A Pioneering Vision
Foundation of IADS office in Paris
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.
monthly Retail News Letter
Regular overview of relevant retail news published and distributed on paper until 2006 and available online since.
IADS office moves to Copenhagen
From 1940 to 1970: Years of Growth and Development
IADS office moves to Geneva
Creation of early ACI in Brussels
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.
publication of "The Department Store" by H. Pasdermadjian
The classic book on department stores written by the General Secretary of IADS.
IADS office moves to Paris
From 1970 to 2002: New Challenges and Internationalisation
first Australian, Asian and Latin American members
ACI office moves to Copenhagen
IADS ACADEMYYoung potentials programme
Launch of IADS website
2000 - Present: An Exclusive and Top-Quality Association
First meetings on sustainability and online retailing
IADS & ACI join forces in Paris
NEW EXTRANET PLATFORM
IADS TURNS 90
First Retail Study Tour opened to the public