Exploring the future of Zappos.

Zappos Labs is based in the heart of San Francisco, the global hub of innovation & digital technology. We experiment with new ways to shop, engage, & connect online.

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How we do things.

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Iterate Quickly by being lean & decisive.

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Push Boundaries by thinking big & taking risks.

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Embrace New Tech by constantly learning & exploring new trends.

Whiteboard sketch of a wrench tightening a bolt!

Solve Real Problems with simple & useful solutions.

Whiteboard sketch of a jack-in-the-box!

Surprise & Delight with emotional & meaningful experiences.

Whiteboard sketch of a campfire!

Build Community by creating collisions & sharing ideas.

But don’t take our word for it.

Can e-tailer Zappos demolish the brick-and-mortar model? CNET, 08/18/13

Making a play to attract fashionistas, the Amazon-owned online retailer tries its hand at social experiments in a bid to convince shoppers to abandon brick-and-mortar outlets for the Internet.

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Q&A With Zappos Labs on the Future of Shopping Mashable, 06/05/13

A product and UX manager from Zappos’ San Francisco team shared her insights on the future of shopping and how Zappos Labs approaches innovation.

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Want to get people shopping socially? It might be harder than you think Gigaom, 04/09/13

How does a large e-commerce site appeal to a wide variety of shoppers online — and then get them used to the idea of shopping with social?

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Experiments. Launch. Learn. Repeat.

We research, design, & develop products to advance the future of Zappos. We make, measure, learn, & do it all over again. Here are some of our favorite experiments.

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Highlighted projects.

Ask Zappos Real people helping you find what you’re looking for, from any store.

Fashion inspiration can strike at any time. You may see a great outfit in an ad for sunglasses or on a stranger walking down the street. Now, all you need to do is take a picture and send it to Ask Zappos. Our stylists will find it for you and let you know where to buy it. They’ll even suggest similar products!

Because everyone prefers different technologies, you can send us pictures via text message, email, our website, or Instagram.

Glance by Zappos Exciting items from Zappos, hand-picked daily.

For the shopper who wants to be inspired, Glance is a simple & fun shopping experience bringing curated collections of the most exciting products from Zappos.

Glance was born out of our previous work on Zappos Now ↓. With such a vast product catalog, we'd found that many Zappos customers were craving a little curation & inspiration.

Top Pins & PinPointing Pinterest integrations & recommendations.

When Pinterest prepared their API for release into the wild, we jumped at the chance to be a launch partner. We built Top Pins to showcase the most popular Zappos pins on Pinterest.

Prior to the API’s availability, we experimented with (but eventually retired) a Pinterest-based recommendation engine. Dubbed PinPointing, it recommended Zappos products to users based on their pins & boards.

Zappos Now (ZN) Digital magazine iPad app dedicated to style.

With each issue of ZN, users could browse style editorial spreads, read articles on fashion, gifting, & travel, and (of course!) shop all featured items directly in the app.

Readers loved the app, but a monthly magazine is hard work! Rather than risk not delivering the best customer experience, we decided to sunset the app. Fortunately, the insights gained from ZN would later evolve into Glance ↑.

Project Retired

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TweetWall & Social Buzz Live feed of all Zappos product Tweets.

TweetWall let users filter, search, & browse Twitter mentions of Zappos products. Social proof in action & a real-time internet catalog, huzzah!

The next step was to see how customers would react to Tweets as reviews on our product pages. Social Buzz was born… but quickly retired. Perhaps it was too noisy or not relevant enough… or simply an idea ahead of its time!

Culture. Talented, fun, & a little weird.

We are an unstoppable group of go-getters who thrive on making a difference. We are technophiles & collaborators who look for every opportunity to learn something new.

Office fun facts.


Eating contest trophies


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Person to toilet ratio


Peanut M&Ms consumed per week


Retro sci-fi movie posters


Bad ideas… & counting

Connect. Start a conversation.

Job seeker, industry leader, or just a Zappos fan — drop us a line to say hello. We can chat about user research, javascript, fashion trends, puppy training, or classic cocktails.

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How to reach us.

Have feedback? A new project idea? Or just want to say hello? Please reach out, we’d love to hear from you! @ZapposLabs

Be a beta tester.

We’re always looking for guinea pigs… er… beta testers for our latest & greatest project ideas.

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