Wednesday, 14 June 2017

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

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

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,

With the acquisition of, Karstadt CEO Dr. Stephan Fanderl pushes forward the further development of the Karstadt department store (, rich in tradition in its own right, into a modern omni channel marketplace of tomorrow: “We are happy to have 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 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. 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, 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 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 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. 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, 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 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.