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Zalando is Europe’s leading online platform for fashion, offering a broad assortment of over 1,500 international brands.

Zalando Premium Page

Zalando is Europe’s leading online platform for fashion, offering a broad assortment of over 1,500 international brands.

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Vital statistics

  • 2008 Established
  • Public Type
  • > 10,000 Number of employees
  • € 3,639,000 (2016) Revenue
  • Tamara-Danz-Straße 1
    Berlin, Germany
    HQ

Key people

  • Rubin Ritter Managing Director
  • David Schneider Managing Director
  • Robert Gentz Managing Director

Culture Q&A

Company Snapshot

Zalando: Driving Innovation with Diversity

Zalando: Driving Innovation with Diversity

BERLIN, Germany — Zalando was founded in 2008 by Robert Gentz and David Schneider, two friends from university. With backing from Rocket Gentz, the e-tailer began by selling affordable footwear to the German market. By 2009, the company had expanded its product offering to include ready-to-wear and sportswear, and had launched international delivery. The e-tailer now operates in 15 European markets and was publicly listed in 2014. In fiscal 2015, it generated approximately €3 billion in revenue.

Today, Zalando is evolving its business model to become a platform with the broad mission of connecting consumers to fashion across markets, devices and categories. To accelerate this shift, Zalando has recruited talent from all over the globe — its workforce now encompasses 117 nationalities. From real time Q&As with senior leadership to working environments equipped to allow hearing and non-hearing employees to interact, Zalando is driving its business forward by leveraging the diversity of its team. BoF learns more from Ty Jernstedt, senior contributor to culture and engagement.

BoF: How would you define Zalando’s DNA?

It’s a very young, dynamic and vibrant company with a very inclusive culture. We have over 117 different nationalities with differing forms of ability in our work force. We work hard to ensure that our employees understand that they’re not just part of the business, but also that their diversity is a part of shaping it.

We are focused on consistently adapting and revising how we do things and the diversity of our culture informs everything we do.

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