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About us

When?

Founded in 1928 in Paris.

Why?

To exchange ideas and practices about the management of department stores.

How?

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.

Expertise?

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.

Timeline

From 1920 to 1940: A Pioneering Vision

1928

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.

1936

monthly Retail News Letter

Regular overview of relevant retail news published and distributed on paper until 2006 and available online since.

1939

IADS office moves to Copenhagen

From 1940 to 1970: Years of Growth and Development

1951

IADS office moves to Geneva

1953

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.

1954

publication of "The Department Store" by H. Pasdermadjian

The classic book on department stores written by the General Secretary of IADS.

1955

IADS office moves to Paris

From 1970 to 2002: New Challenges and Internationalisation

1970s onward

first Australian, Asian and Latin American members

1982

ACI office moves to Copenhagen

1995

IADS ACADEMY

Young potentials programme

1998

Launch of IADS website

2000 - Present: An Exclusive and Top-Quality Association

2008-2009

First meetings on sustainability and online retailing

2010

IADS & ACI join forces in Paris

2017

NEW EXTRANET PLATFORM

2018

IADS TURNS 90

First Retail Study Tour opened to the public

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