Footwear and accessories fair GDS in Düsseldorf (Germany) has announced new event days from the summer edition in 2016: instead of taking place Wednesday to Friday, next year it will be held from Tuesday to Thursday (26-28 July 2016).

According to a corporate statement made by Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, president and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, the decision reflects an explicit request of retailers: “In in-depth conversations with our advisory board we have decided in favor of changing the weekdays for the event. We want to constantly optimize the trade shows GDS and tag it! for retail. By opting for the new sequence of days we will avoid the Friday as one of the days generating the highest retail sales. This means retailers can capitalize on these three trade shows in the best possible way without having to decide between a trade show visit and a sales day at the store.”

The next edition of GDS will be taking place as usual from Wednesday to Friday, 10-12 February 2016.