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September 2016

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Anne Meerboth-Maltz
Tel. (312) 781-5185
Fax (312) 781-5188

Messe Düsseldorf North America
150 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 2920
Chicago, IL 60601


For the summer 2017 GDS - Global Destination for Shoes & Accessories - Messe Düsseldorf and the Advisory Board have agreed on new dates: the trade show will be held in early September, closer to the actual season. The event will also take place on different days – from Sunday to Tuesday.

The footwear sector continues to be in motion: consumers’ behavior is changing; online-only players and vertical operations are altering their retail structures. A trade show has to react to such changes, explained Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf: “Three years ago we have agreed with trade and industry to position GDS as a communications and information platform at earlier dates – in keeping with the status quo at that time. Many things have happened in the meantime and the footwear market is highly dynamic. Whoever you talk to – all confirm that the market is governed by great insecurity. Even though the needs of the individual market players vary extremely, one insight emerged clearly in the in-depth conversations with the extended circle of advisors: The sector wants to have a strong international GDS. There are several objectives to be met: GDS remains an important basis for exchange of information. The industry wants to present its brand values at GDS as before but at the same time, placing/ taking orders should in future be more center stage. In view of the market changes the sector also feels that it is important to have GDS moved closer to the season. This is why we have decided together with the extended Advisory Board to hold the summer 2017 GDS in early September. In addition, the trade show will be held from Sunday to Tuesday in order to also accommodate smaller-sized retailers.”

Werner M. Dornscheidt does not see a conflict for the new GDS dates with the busy event schedule of the Düsseldorf exhibition center: “Messe Düsseldorf’s motto is “We are a reliable partner for the industry”. Therefore, we will react in a flexible manner and actively contribute to the change in the footwear sector even if this may mean that we will might have to opt for another venue.”

Detailed information about the September 2017 GDS will be published in December 2016.

The February 2017 edition of GDS will take place as scheduled from February 7 – 9. The organizer Messe Düsseldorf expects more than 700 brands showcasing their international collections in the three lifestyle worlds HIGHSTREET, POP UP and STUDIO. A varied and extensive trend program will complement the exhibits. tag it! – The Private Label Show - with about 150 exhibitors, will again be held concurrently with GDS.

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