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My name is Aike and I work for the Tooling team of the Zalando Technology department - our job is to create applications for internal use in other teams. A little while ago, we decided to evaluate some new technologies for our applications. One of those technologies - and eventually the one that we went for - was AngularJS. We have since based some new applications on Angular - and other teams of Zalando Technology have just recently followed in this direction. But as quickly as we fell in love with Angular, we also realized that there are some challenges to be tackled. Read more…

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Python is great for writing command line scripts and we use it a lot for internal tools and scripts at Zalando. Before extending a three line Bash script I usually rethink and implement it in Python. This post summarizes some conventions and best practices I recommend. Read more…

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Let’s say you know what items need to be retrieved from a warehouse and you know where the items are located. But can you retrieve all those items following an optimal route? Now further assume that you are using a cart to collect the items, can you also figure out how to optimally manage the cart, too? “Of course not!,” you cry, “Calculating the optimal route is the travelling salesman problem, and as to solving the problem with the cart, now that would be pure black magic.” Don’t believe me? Try your luck with the picture below, see if you can find the shortest route that passes by all the x-marks. At Zalando we have developed an efficient algorithm to solve just this problem, and today we’ll tell you more about it. Read more…

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On February 27th, Zalando had the opportunity to participate in Berlin's bi-monthly Tech MeetUp event in the Mobilesuite coworking space. Along with six other great startups, we presented the Cube for the first time in public. Read more…

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Back in September 2013, we had already announced on our company blog blog.zalando.de we would be welcoming a group of Bachelor students from the TH Wildau to take part in a joint project, organized in cooperation with Zalando/TH Wildau. Read more…

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Five years of extremely fast growth and continuous success lie behind us. Always forward-focused, we hardly had time to look left or right. But for one week in late December, our Technology department made a full stop and let the year wind down with playful innovation and experimentation. Say “Hi” to Hack Week – one week for over 400 people to brainstorm and execute their very own ideas without limits across teams, functions and several office locations. Read more…

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We are proud to present the first Trainee Program (18 months) for Product Management, starting in April. It'll include practical and theoretical phases across all our product areas (shop, backend, logistics, payment).

Further information can be found on our trainee page and in the job ad.

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Do you prefer an analog task board over a digital one?

I did prefer an analog task board mainly for the following reasons:

  • Moving a sticky note from one column to another is a physical process. Particularly putting it into done column feels simply good
  • Doing the stand up in front of a board supports the intention of our stand up meeting:
  • Talking about what was reached yesterday
  • What is going to happen today in order to meet the iteration deadline

Over time I realized there might be advantages of a digital board. As we use Jira to track (development) tickets, every ticket is doubled in Jira and on the analog board. This is because tickets are a base for reports and references to other teams. Using a digital board simply saves time and effort of maintaining the status of every ticket twice. Based on this, the proposal to change to a digital board was kind of natural. Replacing the analog task board with something else was easy because the project team I am part of works on a project that will be finished sooner or later anyway. Even if we found out, a digital board was not a good idea, the board as well as the project will be done at one point in time. Read more…

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It has been almost one year since we launched our first Zalando App. The launch is quite a success story - in July 2013 we already achieved one million downloads after just three months in Apple's App store and seven months in Google Play Store. Recently, we hit the two million download mark! Read more…

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Last week, Mark Striebeck, Director of Engineering at Google in Mountain View spent a day at Zalando. Mark was the first guest of our "Infusion" talks within the Zalando Tech Academy, which are meant to exchange thoughts and insights on the cutting edge of internet technology. Having been in the GMail team for several years, Mark was the perfect choice - and an excellent speaker as well. Read more…