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Startup Talks @ HPI: Zalando

In the eighth lecture of our Startup Talks event series Dr. Jan Bartels, Senior Vice President Customer Fulfillment at Zalando SE, will give a talk on "How I got proselytized - from large-scale standard ERP to custom-built micro services" on January 20, 2020 at 5.15 pm at HPI. The event is for HPI students and staff only. If you wish to participate please register here.

It sounds like a fairy tale. 10 years ago, in a tiny little office in Torstraße, Berlin-Mitte, a team of young people had the crazy idea of selling flip flops via the internet. Unbelievable that 10 years later, they became the leading online fashion platform in Europe. Listen to Dr. Jan Bartels, who has been part of this amazing journey, give insights on enabling hyper-growth through leading in-house technology and automation solutions. He will provide a close-up view into the company culture, which is still driven by the founding mindset, fueled by entrepreneurship, speed, customer obsession and empowerment, now on a mission to become the starting point for fashion. Dr. Jan Bartels will also talk about how Zalando's Fulfillment Technology, managing the increasingly complex Logistic Network, enables the ambitious growth targets tripling the value of goods sold to 20 billion euros by 2023/24.


About the Speaker

Dr. Jan Bartels has joined Zalando in 2014, when Operations scaled to support Zalando’s growth journey. Dr. Jan Bartels is part of the Zalando Executive Committee and his contributions in technology and automation of Zalando’s fulfillment centers have enabled Zalando to grow with highest speed and to become Europe's largest Fashion Fulfillment Platform. Before joining Zalando, he has been an Associate Partner of McKinsey. He holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a Ph.D. on Operations Research from Technical University Clausthal.