Our Culture
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INNOVATE IT, TEST IT, OPTIMIZE IT

Great and surprising things can happen when individuals are given the freedom to create something entirely new – a typical mantra of the entrepreneurial culture from which Zalando has emerged. But who would have expected this philosophy to also apply to the rather traditional

retail business? Zalando has created a culture that refuses to be boxed in, breaks with tradition and frequently prefers uncharted territory to established approaches.  Part of this culture is that we continue to challenge our own approaches and keep reinventing ourselves.

Zalando chooses its employees on the basis of their individual potential, skills and respect towards one another. With great ambition and the determination to create something outstanding together, Zalando’s highly engaged employees coordinate an unusually large number of complex processes, turning a startup idea into an exciting workplace for about 12,000 employees.

Zalando comes of age

Our corporate culture is characterized as much by the creative, open atmosphere of the startup phase as by the professional and seamless operations of an international player. Rather than a contradiction, this is a challenge that all our employees embrace. Each of our employees helps to write Zalando’s success story every day.

We are proud of our strong, international team that has swiftly implemented promising ideas and has ventured down new paths together to find the best solution.

Zalandos Highlights

  • 2008

    • October

      Foundation of the company

    Germany

    Shoes

    2009

    • September

      Zalando develops its first television advertisement

    Austria

     

  • 2010

    • February

      Zalando expands its assortment to include apparel

    • April

      The Zalando Lounge is launched in Germany

    • September

      Launch of the self-developed shop platform

    • December

      First creation of a private label

    Netherlands, France

    Apparel, Accessoires, Sports

  • 2011

    • March

      The first Zalando magazine is launched

    • May

      First international launch of Zalando Lounge in France, 5 countries will follow

    • July

      First self-operated fulfilment center in Brieselang

    • December

      Launch of the partner program in Germany

    Italy, United Kingdom, Switzerland

    Premium

  • 2012

    • May

      Designer cooperation with Kaviar Gauche

    • July

      A new technology team starts working in Dortmund

    • December

      Zalando breaks even in the core regions Germany, Austria and Switzerland

    • Opening of the first custom-designed logistics center in Erfurt

    • Launch of the first smartphone app in Germany

    Spain, Poland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium

     

Zalandos Highlights

  • 2013

    • May

      The 2,000th employee is hired in Erfurt

    • July

      More than one million downloads of the Zalando app in Germany

    • Beginning of operations in the second custom-designed logistics center in Mönchengladbach

    • December

      Zalando becomes a private German stock corporation (AG)

    Luxembourg

     

  • 2014

    • January

      Launch of Zalando's iPad app in Germany

    • March

      Designer collaboration with Eleonora Carisi

    • After Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and France, the partner program is launched in Italy

    • May

      Zalando transforms into a Societas Europaea (SE)

    • SPRING/SUMMER

      International apps are rolled out

    • October

      Zalando goes public

     

     

  • 2015

    • March

      Zalando had a very successful year 2014 with group revenues of about EUR 2.2 billion

    • April

      Opening of Zalando’s first international tech hub in Dublin

    • May

      Zalando launches styling platform ZALON

    • August

      Opening of Zalando’s second international tech hub in Helsinki

    • December

      Internationalization of Zalando’s logistics network starting in Stradella

     

     

  • 2016

    • March

      Zalando had a very successful year 2015 with group revenues about EUR 3 billion

    • May

      Opening of the third national Zalando outlet in Cologne

    • June

      First adidas store joins Zalando platform with local stock

    • August

      Test run started in the fulfillment center in Lahr

    • September

      Zalando hosts trend show Bread&Butter

    • November

      Groundbreaking for the new fulfillment center in Gryfino, Poland

     

     

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