Messe Düsseldorf announced that falling attendance has prompted it to give up the GDS shoe trade show. Igedo will acquire the show after the February edition and move it to Düsseldorf's Areal Böhler in late August.
To further expand its international presence, Kenneth Cole is teaming up with the the Belgian-based company. Together they will enter the footwear market in select European countries in the fall of 2016.
Nearly 300 participants are expected at the 4th World Department Store Forum, to be held this year from April 23-24 in Rome. Every two years, the conference brings together brands, retailers and department stores.