Josie Cartridge: "Relevancy is critical to engage consumers"

Which services can improve loyalty and customer satisfaction? How innovative can personalisation be put into practise and how can fashion retailers compete with Zalando? Josie Cartridge, Customer Director at fashion brand River Island, gives answers – here and at the International Retail Summit.


Daniel Grieder: “We will continue to break conventions”

In this interview Tommy Hilfiger's CEO Daniel Grieder talks about the store of the future, about influencer marketing and he describes where fashion industry still needs to accelerate. On 7 September, Grieder will speak at the GDI's International Retail Summit.


Primavera De Filippi on what we should learn from the Internet

Internet has evolved from a powerful tool for individual freedom into a tool for surveillance and control, says Harvard researcher Primavera De Filippi in this video interview. For blockchain we should learn from the past.

Infographic: The next eye – how we’ll see tomorrow

It all started with specially shaped lenses. Now, technology promises us entry into new dimensions. Our infographic shows possible ways in which our horizons might expand in future.

Chris Sanderson: “Focus on the quality of the experience”

Which are the hottest retail trends for the upcoming year and which startups are going to disrupt the industry, soon? Chris Sanderson, co-founder of trend consultancy “The Future Laboratory” provides answers – here and at the GDI’s Retail Summit from 7 to 8 September 2017.


Wikipedia-analysis: Networks at the G20

Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron at the centre. Donald Trump and Canada’s Justin Trudeau in marginal positions. And halfway between Trump and Merkel, almost like an intermediary: Vladimir Putin. This picture emerges when you analyse the heads of state and government currently gathered at the G20 summit using network software.

Radical customer focus at Amazon

Amazon understands how to focus on its customers’ desires like no other business. Shopping is becoming ever simpler, which is one key reason for the ecommerce giant’s success. A graphic shows the growing empire. At the GDI Retail Summit, we’ll be discussing the future of retail in the era of radical customer focus.


Alex Tapscott: "Blockchain will cut away at the middle class jobs"

Blockchain represents an evolution: from an internet of information to an internet of value, says author Alex Tapscott. In this interview, which was conducted at the Blockchain Valley Conference, Tapscott explains a few things that could go wrong with the bockchain.

Personalised fashion: ‘one favourite jumper to go’

Enter the shop, have your measurements taken, wait while a jumper is knitted in your desired design: it was as easy as that in Adidas’ ‘Knit for You’ pop-up store, which tested future clothing production techniques. We show what these might look like below and at the GDI International Retail Summit.


Italian charm offensive: Eataly World food park

A theme park with a new concept is opening its doors in Bologna with the goal of bringing the entire supply chain alive when it comes to classic Italian dishes. Eataly World aims to create a unique location that places the provenance of ingredients in the spotlight.


Twitter analysis: the blockchain ecosystem in Crypto Valley

Crypto Valley, between Zug and Zurich, is a Mecca for blockchain enthusiasts. But who are the players? Our network analysis makes the Twitter ecosystem in Crypto Valley visible.

The Blockchain Valley Conference in a nutshell

Alex Tapscott’s words of encouragement for attendees of the Blockchain Valley Conference: “Start now!” Not all the speakers saw the technology as a revolution, although they did agree that blockchain will have far-reaching implications for all industries. Read a summary of the conference here.

Jesse Grushack: "We give artists a way to easily licence their music"

Jesse Grushack, Co-Founder of blockchain-based Ujo Music on how to create a fair ecosystem for the music industry. "It's about taking blockchains components and make these systems usable."

Jags Rao: "Blockchain is going to fundamentally change the way businesses are built"

Jags Rao, Blockchain Workstream Lead for the Reinsurance Technology Initiative at Swiss Re, talks about business cases and strategic applications of blockchain competencies.

Interview: How exactly does blockchain work?

Blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin. We hear that all the time, but it doesn’t really tell us much – which is why we’re taking a closer look at the technology together with blockchain expert Christian Di Giorgio.

Tyler Cowen: "We have become complacent"

Renowned economist Tyler Cowen in this video interview at the GDI says, our economy has become less dynamic, more bureaucratic and less innovative. This will become a problem in the long run.

Geostrategist Parag Khanna on direct technocracy

Geostrategist Parag Khanna recommends a government system in which big states learn from the small. We spoke to him about democracy, good governane and Switzerland and Singapure as role models at the conference "Tyler Cowen and Parag Khanna at GDI".

“Countries that lose their dynamics end up making serious mistakes”

“Is democracy the political form of the future, or just something that helps us administrate problems rather than solving them?” GDI’s CEO David Bosshart opened the conference “Tyler Cowen & Parag Khanna at GDI” with this question on 29 May 2017.

Daniel Grieder: “The biggest risk is not taking any risks”

Tommy Hilfiger's digital showroom was only the beginning of the fashion label's transformation. At the GDI International Retail Summit, Hilfiger CEO Daniel Grieder will show how his company is keeping pace with innovation and digitalisation.


Innovation Change: From Social- to Self-Optimization

Eminent economists see the West as suffering from stagnation and complacency. Have we reached the end of growth and innovation? We discuss these issues here and at the Tyler Cowen and Parag Khanna at GDI event.

The termite model: the future of decentralized cooperation

What would the world look like if blockchains eliminated the need for all centralised institutions? Hopefully still human, says Primavera De Filippi in the GDI interview. The "Chief Alchemist" at the Israeli startup Backfeed is using an infrastructure of decentralized cooperation to reach this goal.


Herbert Bolliger: “Today, we want everything, everywhere”

In a video interview, Migros CEO Herbert Bolliger discusses what’s surprised him over the last 12 years in retail, the challenges facing retailers today, sales robots, and what he values about the GDI International Retail Summit.


GDI analysis: Has democracy lost its persuasive power?

People have lost faith in democracy, according to political scientists. We checked this assertion with a network analysis. In this network analysis and at the Tyler Cowen and Parag Khanna at GDI event, we discuss why the appeal of democracy has diminished.

More than just Bitcoin: why blockchains affect everyone

Behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, you’ll find what may be the most momentous invention since the Internet: the blockchain. Banks are fascinated by it, experimenting with new applications. Here, we look at the sectors that are particularly excited about blockchain technology.


Tyler Cowen: We are becoming complacent

Tyler Cowen, one of America’s most brilliant economists, warns us of too much complacency. "The notions of insufficient innovation and inability to imagine a very different future plague most of Western Europe." For Eastern Europe, he predicts an even darker future. Learn more at the conference: "Tyler Cowen & Parag Khanna at GDI" on 29 May 2017.

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