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
IADS reinvents itself
In the midst of the pandemic, the Association initiated a transformational process in order to remain close to its members’ needs. A new partnership with NellyRodi is signed, the IADS publishes its first White Paper ever and makes it available to the general public, and, most importantly, provides operational and organized support to its members by answering their direct business-oriented requests in a simple and coordinated way.
The IADS stands out in the world of global retail associations
By inking partnerships with The Style Pulse and Retail Hub, the IADS continues to provide a relevant, unique and business-oriented set of support and services to its members, that confirms its unique status in the world of retail associations.