Zalando, German e-commerce fashion retailer, continues its global growth with the opening of its new technology hub in Lisbon.
Zalando aims to expand its e-commerce platform and increase digital offers to connect people and fashion in multiple ways. The new technology hub in Lisbon will play a key role in this strategy by focusing on the development of an enhanced digital experience for the customers of the Zalando Fashion Store, currently available in 15 European markets.
“As e-commerce develops, consumer behaviour becomes increasingly sophisticated. It is therefore essential to be on top of digital innovations and to offer the best overall shopping experience,” says Marc Lamik, Head of Innovation and Partnerships at Zalando.
“The opening of a dedicated technology hub with a strong focus on the digital experience of our Fashion Store is a strategic step to ensure we stay ahead of customer expectations in terms of personalization, inspiration and frictionless shopping,” he continued.
Zalando will open the new hub at the beginning of 2018 and create more than 50 jobs in Lisbon over the first year of operations. The e-commerce fashion platform is actively recruiting Frontend and Backend Software Engineers, but also Product Managers and UX Designers from across the industry and from within academic institutions, to work on products and e-commerce features that will further enhance the digital experience of the Fashion Store.
The opening in Lisbon constitutes Zalando’s third technology hub outside of Germany following the opening of the Fashion Insights Centre in Dublin and the technology hub in Helsinki in 2015. The focus of operations in Ireland is deep data science and engineering research, involving R&D around how to build a real-time insight platform around fashion. In Finland, the tech team works on many of the cornerstones of the Zalando Fashion Store, including personalization and social fashion influencing components.