Zara Districution Channel

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5. Purchasing over the Internet is becoming increasingly common. How do you think Zara should adjust its distribution system to deal with this growing phenomenon?

An important factor in the Zara brand success story is consistency in who's running the show. Approximately 92 percent of all six-hundred-fifty-something locations are owned entirely by Zara, allowing for greater control over the brand's execution strategy. Also, the ability to produce over half of its own product enables Zara to churn out new clothing lines every few weeks, keeping prices low and product in step with the most current trends. We visited to see if the web space evoked the same glam environment and up-to-the-minute sense of fashion as the stores.

Built around a sophisticated sense of site structure, is in keeping with the brand's goal to drive traffic to retail locations. Visually, the site achieves a feel as stylish and modern as the brand's product in look and functionality. Users are able to download Flash and view the site in English or in Spanish, the brand's home language. A festive splash page features a colorfully illustrated, almost psychedelic background with a requisite model posed in front. The site loads quickly and plays a sultry mix of drum and bass music (with the ability to choose from three selections and an "off" button—a plus), similar to what's playing in Zara's retail locations, adding a consistent soundtrack to the brand experience. The home page, branded with the season's message, "Get into the flow…get cool," is dedicated to promoting Zara's latest line of clothing and features snippets of information about store openings. One big glitch on this page is that it isn't fully visible on all browsers. Embedded links under the section titles would also help improve traffic flow to each featured area. The clothing arena is where most needs to shine—and does. The Showroom area is a great example of superior clothing retail branding and...
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