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‘I love it!’ - that was the reaction of colleagues from other departments when we did the internal testing for the new design. I was pleased with that and the fact that the design sessions and user tests ended well. But let’s start from the beginning… Read more…

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When working with Docker containers usually the question arises on how to connect into a running container without starting an explicit SSH daemon (which is considered a bad idea). This leads us to Linux Kernel namespaces. Read more…

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At Zalando we are growing rapidly, facing big challenges, and constantly integrating new technologies, while committed to maintain software quality. Through the creativity, motivation, and diversity of each Zalando Tech employee matched with the external innovations, ideas, and improvements we adopt, we accomplish this successfully. Read more…

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Almost a year ago, we decided to launch our mobile apps internationally. We received great feedback from our mobile app users in Germany last year. Positive app reviews and a rapid increase in user engagement gave us the confidence to go forward with a complete international rollout, giving all our users the option to buy their favorite Zalando shoes and clothes on their smartphones and tablets. Read more…

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Well, I assume the most important question for every customer after a successful purchase at Zalando is “Where is my order?” With our new feature we are able to answer that question in the most elegant and comfortable way possible. Read more…

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Earlier this year, we reported about Hack Week, the first open innovation week where Zalando Technology experiments without limits. Now, in the middle of June, we have “celebrated” it for the second time, again with very positive outcome and new learnings. We are quite excited to see how Hack Week has grown from a fun little side show into a cornerstone of Zalando’s innovation culture. This time around, Hack Week also involved a few other Zalando departments and attracted a lot of attention from the executive board, journalists, bloggers and even the state government. Read more…

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It is the last day of HackWeek and the projects are in the final phase. Meanwhile, the organisation team has been busy building a fantastic set of trophies with scrupulous attention to detail. There are ten different prices waiting to be awarded in ten underlying categories. Below you will find a comprehensive description about what every single trophy will be awarded for. Read more…

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How do you feel when you receive your favorite shoes from Zalando? I am sure you would be very excited to put them on as quickly as possible. But, in order to get those shoes out of the box, you shall also unpack the Zalando box. What if Zalando makes you happier and catches your emotions also when you unpack that box? Read more…

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Daily stand-ups, programming, tests, meetings… At first glance, you may not guess that the Gewürzgurke team, composed of two developers, three product managers and one QA has changed their daily routine for the HackWeek. And yet, they have an ambitious goal: Their project Gewürzgurke - which is the German word for gherkin, aims at implementing a new tool where Cucumber scenarios can be correctly written, read and tested. Read more…

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When I was walking around in the Zalando offices searching for a Hack Week project to write about, I passed by a meeting room that instantly caught my attention. The door to the room had been left open and the team seemed to have gone out for lunch. I had actually already decided what to write about and wanted to visit the team that I had looked up in our Hack Week Wiki and interview them. Read more…