in the spring semester 2023
Stay tuned for upcoming events in Spring 2023!
Partner Event with Retail Capital Partners
Brauereibesichtigung Schützengarten with the Industrial Club
On Tuesday, March 14, we had the opportunity to look behind the scenes of the oldest brewery in Switzerland. The tour of the Schützengarten brewery in the heart of St. Gallen took place in collaboration with the Industrial Club St. Gallen.
After a short introduction, we were given exciting insights into the brewery's production facilities. The tour ended with a tasting of Schützengarten beers.
Partner Event with Retail Capital Partners
In a casual atmosphere with drinks, we were able to solve interactive mini-cases and questions in which the groups could win attractive prizes. The topics were enriched with exciting insights about the current development of the industry. Afterwards, we had dinner together at Foccacceria and learned more about the daily to-dos at Retail Capital Partners. Starting with M&A mandates and the execution of commercial due diligence, to transaction execution and strategy and restructuring projects.
We would like to thank our partner RCP for the successful and informative event!
RECOM Christmas Dinner
With the semester coming to an end and the holidays fast approaching our Christmas Dinner took place on Thursday, 15.12. at the Restaurant National zum Goldenen Leuen.
Worldcafé with MANOR
We were lucky to have MANOR joining us at the University of St. Gallen to talk about the future shopping experience and how MANOR navigates the everchanging retail landscape.
After an introduction into Manor and its history, Stefan Wetzler, Benjamin Flückiger, Sven Partusch and Sherin Keller shared their experiences and MANOR’s current efforts and challenges regarding omnichannel and in-store retail.
The apéro afterwards opened the floor for more one-on-one conversations regarding the participant’s personal questions and interests as well as connecting with MANOR’s representatives and enjoying their Goodie Bag – sponsored by MANOR St. Gallen.
On October 24th, Valora Digital from the Valora Group joined us at the University of St. Gallen to discuss current hypes and the future of Quick Commerce. After a quick overview of Valora Digital, Lukas Wohlgemuth and Lauren Wick introduced us to avec now. The case study allowed our students to brainstorm ideas on how to further develop the service of avec now. During the apéro the participants had the chance to present their findings.
GV & PIZZA NIGHT
At our 2nd general assembly, we gave our members an overview of our past events and presented our results of the 2nd club year. In addition, all members were invited to elect the new board. We finished of the evening with delicious pizza and beer and are now looking forward to invite all existing and new members to many cool events in the upcoming semester. Enjoy your well-deserved summer break!
GV & Pizza Night
Tuesday, May 12 at 18.15
@HSG - room tba
LUXURY & SUSTAINABILITY
Tuesday, April 19 2022
Square HSG, room 11-1131
w/ Jelmoli, Läderach & Retail Capital Partners
At our penultimate event of the spring semester, we were excited to have a diverse group of retail experts join us to discuss the role of luxury & sustainability in retail. The interactive and flexible format of an unconference allowed everyone to participate actively and enter the discussions in which he/she could contribute and learn most. At the apéro, everyone had the chance to further engage with fellow retail enthusiasts and experts from the industry.
WORKSHOP WITH LIDL
With our corporate partner Lidl we discussed and learned about the challenges facing brick-and-mortar retail. During the case study the participants contributed their creative ideas towards a new city store concept. Afterwards, we had the chance to talk to representatives of Lidl Switzerland during an apéro and explore their exciting career opportunities.
Case study: Strategy development for a new city store opening
On March 2, 2022, we gathered with our members to test our Retail & E-Commerce knowledge. We were surprised that Denner has actually been founded already in 1860, before Coop (1969) and Migros (1925)! The questions led to lively discussions and were accompanied by excellent beer from Hermann Bier (brewed in St. Gallen). For the first time this year, our members could win tickets for the HSG.Retail Tech Conference (worth ca. 800 CHF) and the IRM.Retail Startup Showcase. Definitely prizes worth fighting for!
HEY, NICE TO MEET YOU!
Want to enter the Retail & E-commerce world? Get to know us on February 23!
Visit us at our info booth:
HSG Building 09 (B-Mensa)
09.00 - 17.00
Join us for a drink @adhoc:
17.00 - open end
E-COMMERCE SINCE 1999
On November 30, 2021, we were happy to get together with Samy Liechti, HSG Alumni and founder of BLACKSOCKS. With the launch of BLACKSOCKS in June 1999, not only was the first sock subscription born, but also the first online subscription. The Swiss online subscription pioneer shared with us his experiences and the challenges he faced while building BLACKSOCKS. Afterwards discussions continued during a nice apéro.
VALUE CREATION IN RETAIL
with Retail Capital Partners
On October 11, we welcomed our partner Retail Capital Partners (RCP) for a short presentation, a collaborative workshop and a tasty apéro. Together with senior professionals our members had lively discussions about the potential value creation in the current shift from brick-and-mortar to online. Three teams cracked a case and participated in a pitching competition with a delicious prize. Congratulations to the winning team and a big thank you to everyone who took part, we were impressed by all creative inputs and ideas.
Presentation, Workshop & Networking Apéro
October 11, 16.15-19.00
On September 22, the Retail & E-Commerce Club together with the Marketing Club invited HSG students for the first official club event of the semester. Students had the chance to meet members and the club board in a casual atmosphere at Bar Baracca and prove their skills at an intense game of beer pong.
Our first general assembly took place on May 27 via Zoom. As a special guest, Constantin Hilt, former CEO of Siroop, was invited. He talked about building up a marketplace, how the company came to a halt and what he learned from the mistakes that have been made in the process.
"In unserem Fall geht es darum, dass wir wirklich ein Omnichannel-Erlebnis erschaffen. Mein Traum ist es, dass wir das "singing and dancing" von Omnichannel sehr rasch beherrschen."
- Nina Müller, CEO Jelmoli -
"Selbst wenn wir wie ein Händler auftreten, funktioniert fashionette wie ein IT-Unternehmen. Der Fokus auf Investitionen in Technologieelemente wird einfach absolut Prioriät haben."
- Daniel Raab, CEO fashionette -
LUXURY RETAILING OF TOMORROW
On May 18, we welcomed Nina Müller, CEO of Jelmoli and Daniel Raab, CEO of Fashionette, for a virtual panel discussion that is all about luxury shopping. From the perspective of an omnichannel retailer and from the one of an online pure player, we dealt with exclusivity, shop-in-shop and the hands-on services in the luxury sector.
RETAIL QUIZ NIGHT
On March 2, we invited our club members and HSG students to an intense online Kahoot session about current topics in the retail industry. Congratulations to Mike #1, Jessica #2 and Philippe #3 for successfully completing the 45 questions! Apart from long-lasting fame and fortune, our three winners were awarded with shopping vouchers and local specialties from St. Gallen.
THE FUTURE OF ONLINE FOOD RETAILING & THE ROLE OF THE LAST MILE
Katrin Tschannen, CEO Migros Online
Philippe Huwyler, Head of coop.ch
Thomas Zimmermann, CPO Farmy.ch
Peter Weingartner, Leader First & Last Mile Digitec Galaxus
Thomas Lang, CEO & Founder Carpathia
VIRTUAL PANEL DISCUSSION
On December 7, about 40 HSG students snapped the chance to listen and participate in a lively debate about the future of e-food in Switzerland. Speakers from major online supermarkets and other industry experts provided the students with exclusive insights and learnings about the current challenges in this fast-growing market.
You can download a selection of quotes from the discussion here (in German).
DIGITAL CAMPUS FAIR
The Retail & E-Commerce Club participated in the first digital campus fair, which was hosted by the Student Union (SHSG) on November 24. During the fair, students were able to reach out to us and to learn about our member program in a safe, virtual setting.
On October 8, we welcomed Niklas Etzel, HSG-Alumni and Co-Founder of Experify. He gave us first-hand insights on bis customer experiences start-up and challenged our members in a case study to pitch potential business strategies for Experify, while providing direct feedback.
GET-TOGETHER WITH A FOUNDER
On September 15, the Retail & E-Commerce Club invited HSG students for the first official club event. The students had the chance to meet new members and the club board in a casual atmosphere.