HACK WEEK: The Great Unpacking Experience

How dfo you feel when you receive your favorite shoes from Zalando?

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Rushil Dave

Product Manager - Mobile Apps

Posted on Dec 06, 2014

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? A team, at Hack Week, is working hard to find out what would be the best unpacking experience for Zalando customers. The idea is to make them feel special, sometimes also by surprising them, when they get their favorite items out of Zalando boxes. This experiment also shows how creative and innovative we are at Zalando where we put our efforts in tiny details and greater user experience.


Customer is the king

The team members started this project with design thinking in focus, to find out how Zalando can improve its current unpacking experience. They gathered details on various box types, different kind of package content and also evaluated technical feasibility for the project. They spoke to the internal experts from logistics and also interviewed some customers.


“Paula” to keep screaming with joy

After that, they created a user persona, popular with design thinking methodology, called “Paula”. They started brainstorming and experimenting with different ideas, like adding fragrances or putting puzzles inside the box, which could make “Paula” happy when she unpacks that box. They created five different prototypes and they tested them with Zalando users within the company. They asked users to give “+1” to the prototypes they like and also give their overall feedback. In the end, they will analyze these results in order to find out the best unpacking experience for Zalando customers.


Surprise surprise!!!

As excited as the team is, I would expect our users to say “Ohh nice! I would like that again!”, when they unpack their Zalando boxes. Of course, all these to keep “Paula” screaming with joy!!!

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