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“The Marketplace of Tomorrow”: Karstadt and SIGNA acquire majority stake in the booming online marketplace Hood.de

  • Major step for Karstadt toward the digital marketplace – Karstadt.de will be
    open for third parties
  • With 5 million items on offer and 7 million customers, Hood.de is one of the
    strongest growing marketplaces in Germany
  • Karstadt.de receives a technology and innovation boost and drives digital
    development forward
  • Establishment of Karstadt Marktplatz GmbH

Zürich/Essen, 14 June 2017 – Last Friday Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH and the parent company SIGNA Retail took a decisive step in the development of their digital strategy and took over the majority stake in one of the largest onlinemarketplaces in Germany, Hood.de.

With the acquisition of Hood.de, Karstadt CEO Dr. Stephan Fanderl pushes forward the further development of the Karstadt department store (www.karstadt.de), rich in tradition in its own right, into a modern omni channel marketplace of tomorrow: “We are happy to have Hood.de on our side, an innovative partner with years of experience in e-commerce, who operates at the highest level in technological terms. We see our cooperation as an opportunity to speed up the shift from a department store rich in tradition to a future-oriented digital omni-channel company.”

Karstadt and the parent company SIGNA Retail have taken over 70% of the rapidly growing online marketplace Hood.de. The remaining shares will continue to be held by the company founder Ryan Hood, who will continue to manage the company independently in the future. Hood.de will work together with Karstadt to achieve further growth and to develop a common online store.

With 5 million items on offer and 7 million customers, hood.de is already one of the fastest growing marketplaces in Germany. The company, established 17 years ago by online pioneer Ryan Hood, gives private and commercial partners the opportunity to offer articles for sale in more than 20,000 categories. Currently, 5,000 dealers are offering over 5 million articles on Hood.de. The company is one of the few German online marketplaces which is already operating with clear profits.

Brick-and-mortar and online trade brought together

The takeover of Hood.de is the next step in the strategy pushed forward by Karstadt CEO Dr. Stephan Fanderl, “The Marketplace of Tomorrow”, in which the Business model of the department store will be further developed both offline and online, and implemented as a multi-partner model in all the marketing and sales channels.

Hood.de is being taken over by the newly established Karstadt Marktplatz GmbH, a joint venture between Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH and SIGNA Retail. Karstadt Marktplatz GmbH will press ahead on the basis of the model of the future, the “Marketplace of Tomorrow”, to achieve further partnerships and acquisitions, thus pursuing the strategy of the SIGNA Retail Group of expanding all its retail participations onto all marketplaces capable of omni-channel and cross-channel operations.

Stephan Fanderl, Managing Director of Karstadt and SIGNA Retail: “With the takeover of Hood.de, we are consciously and deliberately setting ourselves apart from the competition, and taking the next major step towards an integrated omni-channel strategy and mastery of the digital marketplace. In future, we shall combine the strengths of 79 department stores with an already successful digital platform, bringing together thousands of providers. This will create a unique opportunity for brick-andmortar as well as purely online concepts to take advantage, together with Karstadt Warenhaus, of the inner-city sales location in a way that really focuses on the demands, and thus to bring us even closer to our customers.”

Ryan Hood, online pioneer and founder of Hood.de: Owing to Karstadt’s enormous reach and degree of popularity in the brick-and-mortar trade and our experience and expertise in e-commerce of 17 years, we see an ideal symbiosis between our two companies in order to continue developing a common online store.

About Hood.de
The company was established in 2000 by Ryan Hood, and provides interested parties in both the private and commercial sectors with the opportunity of offering articles for sale in more than 20,000 categories. With more than 5 million offers daily, and more than 7 million customers every year, Hood.de is one of the fastest growing online marketplaces. Furthermore, it demonstrates an unwaveringly fast pace of innovation. For instance, Hood.de has recently become the first marketplace in Europe to integrate Amazon Pay and Login with Amazon. For more details go to: www.Hood.de

About SIGNA Retail
The SIGNA Retail Group combines under one roof four independent trading platforms: SIGNA Department Store Group, The KaDeWe Group, SIGNA Sports Group, and the SIGNA Food & Restaurant Group. Each of these platforms occupies a leading market position in its segment in both the German retail sector as well as within Europe as a whole. In the German sport and luxury goods sector, as well as in the department store sector, SIGNA Retail already counts by a long way as one of the largest Commercial concerns in Germany, and one of the “Top Five” in Europe. More than 125 stores in the finest inner-city locations and 54 web shops in over 15 countries ensure that the SIGNA Retail Group is set to grow a great deal further in Europe. The focus is on the consistent further development of the omni-channel strategies of the individual commercial platforms. The SIGNA Retail Group presently employs some 20,000 people, and achieves a Group-wide turnover of approx. 3.8 billion EUR annually. More at: www.SIGNA.at

About Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH
Karstadt has been a leading department store for 135 years and currently has 240 million clients in 79 top locations all over Germany. With 15,000 employees, the company has an annual turnover of 2.1 billion EUR. With a brand awareness of 90%, Karstadt has a unique reputation and a strong logistics network all over Germany, a retail area of 1.1 million sqm and the online shop karstadt.de. Karstadt operates as a physical marketplace in the city centre and offers around a million own-brand articles and four million articles of its concession partners.

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