Thomas Lipke


Managing Director and Stockholder of Globetrotter

 Topic: Panel Debate, the future of retail

Wednesday, October 12th - 10.40-12.00am


Thomas Lipke (53) is managing director and a shareholder of Globetrotter Ausrüstung one of Europe’s biggest outdoor retailers. Lipke has had over 30 years experience with Globetrotter in the outdoor business and since June 2010 has been the president of the German E-Commerce and Distance Selling Trade Association (bvh). Lipke started his career as a student at Globetrotter in 1980 and since 1991 has been a managing partner of the company. With a turnover of 230 million Euros in their last business year Globetrotter is a market leader within the European outdoor industry. Today, Globetrotter is a multi channel retailer and has retail branches in Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt, Bonn, Cologne and Munich and with a total retail space of 34,500 square meters. 56 per cent of the company’s turnover is achieved in bricks and mortar and 44 per cent by mail order of which 80 per cent is via the Internet.

The company currently employs approximately 1,400 employees from 60 different countries. Thomas also started the Globetrotter customer magazine 4-Seasons, which is published four times a year. The second column of his branded entertainment concept is the Web-TV-Channel 4-Seasons. 4-Seasons.TV is a full programme on the Internet for all outdoor, adventure and travel fans: current news, exciting documentation, information about travel destinations, tests and tips regarding equipment, brands and products. With the 4-Seasons.DE project Lipke created the third column of his concept. 4-Seasons.DE is a new community portal for the German outdoor community and started in February 2011. Thomas Lipke is married and has two grown-up children.

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