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74th International Retail Summit, Rüschlikon, Switzerland /// Sept 12-13, 2024

The International Retail Summit is one of the international community’s leading strategy platforms for decision-makers and thought leaders in the retail and consumer goods industries. Participants are decision-makers from retail and related industries, entrepreneurs, academia and journalists from Swiss and European quality media.

Retail Challenge: Honoring Values, Embracing Tech

Faster, higher, further! The Olympic triad is not only conquering Paris this year, but also the retail sector. That’s because customers want shopping to be quick and efficient above all else. In e-commerce, slow loading times are just as much of a no-no as long delivery times. People expect their needs to be met with no glitches whatsoever – preferably right here and right now.

But is retail really all about efficiency? The Olympic oath invokes the will to “make the world a better place through sport”. In sport as in retail, performance goes hand in hand with values, as more and more people expect retailers to not only improve their efficiency, but also to assume social and ecological responsibilities.

At the 74th International Retail Summit, we will be discussing the interplay between technology, tradition and value-oriented entrepreneurship with visionaries, pioneers and retail professionals, addressing questions like:

  • What will be the key functions of tomorrow’s retail industry? And what values matter now that retailers are increasingly turning into technology companies?
  • How can AI help create more value for customers and employees? In which roles will people remain indispensable?
  • For which customer experience will customers be willing to invest time in the future? Where and when is slow better than fast?
  • What geopolitical dynamics will retail have to prepare for in the future?

The International Retail Summit will be held in German and English (with simultaneous interpretation).

You can register by following this link.


Three years after the coronavirus pandemic, people are traveling again. City trips are particularly popular. This trend is also boosting retail at tourist locations. If tourism and hospitality are to play an important role in the future of retail (and they must), then the presence and location of hotels is crucial. The combination of hotel and retail sectors offers many opportunities. Nevertheless, the two asset classes have hardly been connected to date.

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