Working for an E-Commerce fashion company in the heart of Berlin


Zalando is an e-commerce fashion retail company that focuses on selling shoes and fashion online. They also have the categories Zalando Sports, Zalando Kids and Zalando Beauty. Currently, Zalando sells 1,500 brands and more then 150,000 products.

Zalando – the employer

Zalando offers an international workplace with a great variety of jobs. Zalando is constantly looking for highly qualified and motivated employees with different language skills for its 9 business segments - including HR, law, marketing, PR, IT, controlling, consulting, fashion, warehouse and logistics. People interested in working at Zalando can expect a young and dynamic team with a flat command structure.

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History of the company

The E-commerce business Zalando went online for the first time in October 2008 with a manageable offer of selected shoes. David Schneider and Robert Gentz founded the company, with investment backing from the Samwer brothers. Back then, shoes were wrapped and packed for shipping in the cellar of the business premises.

By November, the existing offer was extended with further shoe brands. Due to the constant increase in demand, the provisional  shoe warehouse changed to new locations in February 2009. Now Zalando ships orders on the same day.

Zalando was so successful that they extended their business to Austria in spring 2009. At the same time their products extended into the categories of fashion and apparel. In 2010 the Zalando offer was extended to children shoes, Zalando Sports and Zalando Beauty. By the end of 2010 the e-commerce company emerged as the market leader in  online shoe retail. In June 2012 Zalando developed a very successful advertising campaign in Germany with which it was possible to increase visibility of Zalando. 

Following the national success in Germany, sales increased in other countries in Europe such as the Netherlands, France and Italy by the end of 2011. The Zalando magazine and blog keeps customers informed with news about fashion and lifestyle.

The next two years of 2011 and 2012 saw further extension of the Zalando offer, as well as the expansion of the business to the UK, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Belgium, Finland and Norway. All over Germany Zalando built logistic centers to meet the huge demand. Zalando currently employs 4,000 employees.

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