Sep 19, 2017 | By Sarah Housley
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Yoox Net-A-Porter Group (YNAP) has opened a Tech Hub in London’s White City, “reaffirming its commitment to London and investment in the UK”, the online retail giant said Wednesday.
YNAP said the new hub “is key to [its] growth strategy” and part of an investment of more than €500m in technology and logistics across the group, designed to help double the size of the business by the start of the next decade.
The 70,000 sq ft unit at White City Place will bring the firm’s UK tech teams under one roof with 500 staff and a further 100 jobs created over the next two years. The company also has a 500-strong tech team in Bologna, Italy, that collaborates closely with London, it noted.
The Yoox Net-a-Porter hub has been built to “accelerate innovation and deliver best-in-class technologies, further strengthening the group’s partnerships with many of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands and providing an unparalleled customer experience,” it said.
Work there will include developing Artificial Intelligence capabilities, such as personalisation and image recognition, and “creating the next wave of mobile technologies, that will keep YNAP in the vanguard of digital innovation.”
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