Zalando CEO Robert Gentz: ‘we are building the AWS of the fashion world’

European fashion powerhouse Zalando’s CEO and co-founder Robert Gentz said that the company is moving from being an e-commerce retailer to a platform provider for the fashion industry with data science at its core. Zalando was founded in Germany in 2008 by Robert Genz and David Schneider to sell shoes and other fashion and lifestyle products. The company employs close to 8,000 people, is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and reported 2014 revenues of €2.2bn. In May the company announced 200 new data science jobs at its new Fashion Insights Centre in Dublin, seeking to capitalise on the cluster of talent in the data science field, with R&D at the heart of the operation. “Understanding our customers, and gaining deep insights into their purchasing patterns and their behaviour online…


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