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IFH Associates

IFH Associates

IFH Associates

The IFH Association has been operating as a non-profit organisation since 1929 positioning itself at the interface between research and practice. It promotes the mutual exchange of knowledge between academia and commerce in practice. The exchange is active and dynamic through close networking ties and regular discussions.

The IFH Association's goal is to take knowledge gained from research and apply it for the benefit of the retail commerce sector and its stakeholders. It does this primarily through closely cooperating with the University of Cologne's Department of Retailing and Customer Management. In this way, IFH Associates gain from original research, databases of knowledge, events and lectures.

IFH Associates include retailers and manufacturers, service providers, professional associations, chambers and public institutions. The committee of the IFH Associates comprises renowned personalities from the German retail sector:

As an IFH Associate, you support the dialogue between research and practice and thereby gain from the added value such dialogue generates.


IFH Junior Professorship

Together with the University of Cologne's Department of Retailing and Customer Management, IFH Köln established a junior professorship in 2015 to promote original research and reinforce the exchange of academic knowledge at IFH Köln. The IFH Junior Professorship is financed through contributions from IFH Associates.

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Event: Faszination Handel

This annual event held each year in September provides participants with new ideas and inspiration from research and practice. It also offers plenty of opportunities for the mutual exchange of information. IFH Associates are offered free admission.




Prof. Dr. Werner Reinartz

Department of Retailing and Customer Management and IFH Associates