vente-privee.com was founded in just 2001 and today in 2010 it`s the biggest international online private sales website with 11.5 million members on its books! The company works with more than 1,200 quality designers and brands to bring its customers a brand new shopping experience, attracting a whopping 6.3 million unique users per month.
The website basically organises exclusive private sales event for it`s members that last between 2 – 4 days and typically they will receive huge discounts ranging from 50% to 70% off the normal RRP on a wide selection of brands and specially selected products. Members can expect to purchase fashion, sports and household goods, watches, hi-tech gadgets, jewellery, cosmetics and toys from the website, although this can vary.
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Date: Thursday 7 October 2010
We were lucky enough to be shown around vente-privee.com headquarters in Paris. The entire operation is incredibly slick and every department is as important as the next when it comes to playing a vital role in the business. Without one team doing its job correctly or to the highest standard, the company would fall down and so every staff member is crucial. The Digital Factory alone has 60 in-house photo studios, 5 video studios and 5 sound studios! In the main headquarters there are more than 170 production managers liaising directly with each brand who plan and co-ordinate each sale, as well as a sizeable production team composed of 430 specialised web artists. The company has over 115 customer service representatives, 180 IT employees and 410 people divided amongst each of the warehouses – it`s colossal.
Overall, it`s a very clever set up. vente-privee.com reserves the stock with each brand and once the sale ends it counts up the items sold and then orders them with the brands, therefore, no stock is ever held. The brands then send the products to the VP warehouse, which then organises delivery to its members.
They`ve organised some bizarre sales in their time ranging from cars, property, wine, and swimming pools to sex toys, rose plants and prestigious watches! Who knows what you might see next?… Visit www.vente-privee.com to become a member.
Date: Friday 8 October 2010