Department Store Awards 2018

The GDSS’ Official Dinner & Awards Ceremony on 24th May 2018 will celebrate the winners and finalists of two important department store awards.

. Best Department Store in the World 2018

This award recognises an exceptional world player that displays innovation and outstanding performances in all retail segments to all stakeholders. Criteria for the award include an enviable profile; successful developments and executions of product, store, online and service innovation strategies; delivery of an outstanding in-store experience; excellent customer service, and strong financial performance.

Past winners include leading department stores Rinascente (2016), Selfridges (2010, 2012, 2014) and Bloomingdale’s (2008).

. World's Best Business Partner to Department Stores 2018 

This new award celebrates successful partnerships with department stores' best brands, suppliers, vendors, consultants, partners and service providers. The criteria for this award include: innovativeness, product and/or service quality, customer-centricity, contribution to the department store's performance, a minimum of a three-year period of cooperation and a global reach.

Information regarding the vote/participation to the two awards has been sent out in December 2017 to department stores CEOs and retail executives. A Jury composed of highly recognized individuals from the retail industry will review all applications and communicate the names of the finalists in April 2018.

The winners of the ‘Best Department Store in the World’ and ‘World's Best Business Partner to Department Stores 2018’ will be officially revealed during the Awards Ceremony, which is scheduled to take place at the GDSS 2018s Official Dinner, organized on Thursday 24 May 2018 at the V&A.

Award Rules & Regulations

Winners and finalists of the GDSS Awards 2016 in Zurich