Happy Casuals, Fresh Families or Modern Mainstreamers: Zalando Media Solutions recently launched a new type of customer typology. Andreas Antrup, Managing Director of Zalando Media Solutions, talks you through.
Who let the dogs out? We do! And we bring them to work. :) #petlifebalance
Our assortment of almost 2,000 international brands ranges from popular global brands, fast fashion and local brands, and is complemented by our private label products. Our localized offering addresses the distinct preferences of our customers in each of the 15 European markets we serve: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland and the United Kingdom.
Our logistics network with five centrally located fulfillment centers allows us to efficiently serve our customers throughout Europe, supported by warehouses in Northern Italy, France and Sweden with a focus on local customer needs.
We believe that our integration of fashion, operations and online technology gives us the capability to deliver a compelling value proposition to both our customers and fashion brand partners. Zalando’s shops attract over 200 million visits per month. In the third quarter of 2017, 72% of traffic came from mobile devices, resulting in 22.2 million active customers by the end of the quarter.
Every employee writes Zalando's success story every day. We are proud of our strong, international team that has quickly put promising ideas into action and has always broken new ground to find the best solution together.
Meet some of our people that play Zalando.
"1993 I came to Germany fleeing from the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. 8 years of the 24 years that I'm in Germany now I live in Berlin. I've done a lot of different jobs throughout my career but no job compares to my current one. I'm working in Zalando's Content Creation for two years now and it feels like a second home. I'm very thankful for all the new people I constantly get to meet and am excited to be surrounded by so much creativity every day. I plan to stay here :)" Mehmed Suko, Model Booker.
"I love how Zalando combines structure and chaos so successfully. It consistently amazes me, how this loose aggregation of people within the light structure of Radical Agility drives the business forward by delivering across a huge spectrum of technology, sometimes in delightfully unexpected ways. Everywhere I look, people are proud of what they are building and how they are building it, as they lay the foundation to disrupt the European fashion industry." Eric Bowman, VP Engineering.
"There is nothing better than finding the balance to enjoy being a dev and a mum. My idol Michael Jordan says 'JUST DO IT' - so I thought doing something in the 'IT' industry. Talking about the feeling of Zalando - it's as crazy as me at times, in the best possible way. I mean, I quit my job when I was pregnant to take on the challenge of coming to the foreign land of Germany. Zalando attracts and connects intelligent people, grows their curiosity, encourages sparkling ideas and pushes them to go as far as they can go. For me, Zalando is a wonderland of freedom." Qian Jiang, Software Engineer.
"I joined Zalando SE after quitting my job at a major tech company in Silicon Valley. Now I can combine my passion for Fashion and Tech and work in Germany's Berlin Valley. I currently lead an ambitious operations team at the Zalando Partner Program where we connect leading fashion brands to the Zalando platform while shaping the online fashion marketplace of the future. We are always looking for great people to join us!" Hanna Wolter, Team Lead Integration.
We reimagine fashion – and want to ask the right questions when things get more complex. For us, our purpose is a kind of guide with which we aim to achieve a common goal. Our purpose also gives us – as well as all the newly emerging business areas and collaborations that we are entering into as a company – a direction. In this way, we make every decision with complete clarity. Our purpose does not provide us with answers. However, it does help us to ask the right questions.
WE ARE DOERS.
Every day that we come to work, we experiment, create, assemble, improve – and rethink.
WE ARE INVENTORS.
From the very first moment, we had the crazy idea that the fashion ecosystem should benefit everyone – whether you celebrate your personal style every day, you simply want something to wear, or you earn money with your outfits.
WE ARE PEOPLE.
No matter which business unit we belong to, every one of us wants to make the world of fashion more intelligent, friendlier and more open. For the doers and the rebels, brands and trendsetters. For everyone who is fed up with playing by the fashion rules of yesterday. In all this, we never lose sight of the big picture. The clothing, the clichés and the supply chain. In order to create a system that benefits everyone.
GOOD FOR ALL?
Our purpose challenges us to find solutions that produce the best results for people. Whether for customers, producers, trendsetters or brands, every single one plays an important role – directly or indirectly – in Zalando’s growing sphere of influence.
In 2015, we developed our Corporate Responsibility (CR) Strategy, which we call do.STRATEGY, and we have started to implement it. The name of the strategy describes our philosophy: we approach issues very pragmatically. This is exactly how we are tackling the issue of sustainability. Based on the requirements of our employees and customers, we have defined five focus areas for our strategy: do.GROW (our employees), do.KNOW (our supply chain), do.PROTECT (our environment), do.CONNECT (our community), do.RESPECT (our data protection).
I have been working at Zalando full-time (More than 5 years)
working culture, good management principles, good understanding of ownership, lots of opportunities to grow
big company includes slow communication oftentimes, nobody will help you grow until you are proactive
Advice to Management
pay more attention to leadership and developing soft skills in people
HR person contacted for an interview with technical guys, the interview last for around 1:30 hours and there was a technical test online with him. After that, the HR guy made another interview with me for 30 min asking HR stuff. Finally, I had been invited to face to face interview.