Around 100,000 member companies from all industries, locations and sizes have come together in the German Retail Association. All efforts of the HDE and its state, regional and professional associations are aimed at securing sustainable prosperity for Germany. The sustainable use of resources and the range of products from sustainable production are becoming increasingly important.

As the representative of the third largest economic sector after industry and craft, the HDE assumes responsibility for every twelfth job in Germany. In close dialogue with manufacturers, politicians and the public, he represents the interests of an industry that is largely characterized by medium-sized companies, because 98 percent of retail companies employ less than 50 people and achieve a maximum annual turnover of 10 million euros.