May 13, 2010 09:00 ET
Zazzle Launches in Japan, Expands Global Footprint to Asia
Continues International Expansion With Support From Transcosmos and Recruit
REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - May 13, 2010) - Zazzle, the world's leading platform for quality custom products, today announced the launch of its Japanese website www.Zazzle.co.jp. The new website brings residents of Japan into the growing global Zazzle community, empowering them to make, buy, and sell real products limited only by their own imagination and creativity. The www.Zazzle.co.jp website features a fully localized user experience, with full Japanese translation and merchandising, and all pricing in Yen.
Zazzle provides consumers and brands around the world with the opportunity to design and create a wide variety of products, from custom t-shirts, posters, shoes and tote bags to business cards, mugs, skateboards and dozens of other products. Sellers earn money by creating and selling their unique products in stores on Zazzle, all completely free to the Seller. Sellers earn royalties at rates they control, and have the option of allowing consumers to further customize their creations with color and style changes, as well as modifying or adding text and graphics.
Zazzle is proud to work with respected Japanese companies Transcosmos, Inc. and Recruit Co., Ltd. to deliver a localized Zazzle experience for the Japanese market. Transcosmos and its subsidiary Transcosmos America are a "Marketing Chain Management Company" specializing in helping companies to accurately grasp individual consumers' needs and wants and accommodate them swiftly. Recruit provides information services regarding various life events, such as wedding and job hunting, to its users in Japan and Asian countries, and is the leading company in the industry.
Key features of Zazzle's newest international website include:
- Full localization of the entire Zazzle experience for the Japanese market
- Japanese language translation of all website content, product titles, and descriptions
- All pricing and transactions in Japanese Yen, with no hidden customs or duties charges
- Japanese language customer service and support
- Localized merchandising featuring Sellers and content relevant to the Japanese market
- Fast dispatch at competitive prices with delivery in 3-4 days
Zazzle's strong domestic and global growth statistics include:
- More than 20 million monthly unique visitors
- Leading on-demand custom products marketplace in terms of traffic rank, page views, and other key metrics(1)
- More than 29 billion products, with 100 million new products added daily
- Large global presence with websites in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Portugal, France, and now Japan
(1) Source: www.alexa.com
"A localized website for Japan is a natural extension of the Zazzle platform and product universe," commented Jason Kang, vice president of marketing for Zazzle. "Japan's artist communities are world-renowned and testament to the country's rich history. Our expansion into this new market -- our first in Asia -- allows the Zazzle community of sellers to now reach even more customers in an increasingly connected global community."
"I am pleased that now everyone in Japan can use this great and fast-growing service from the United States," said Shin Nagakura, president and CEO of Transcosmos America. "As Japan is a country of Anime and Manga, Zazzle's service should be a perfect fit for the Japanese market. I look forward to the great success of Zazzle in Japan."
"I would like to congratulate Zazzle on the launch of www.Zazzle.co.jp in Japan," said Yoshiaki Miyamoto, president and CEO of Recruit Incubation Partners, Inc., the corporate venture capital unit of Recruit. "We believe that the quality and experience Zazzle offers is something very unique, and we look forward to realizing the synergy with our business units covering various life events of our users."
Zazzle is the world's leading platform for quality custom products. Zazzle's proprietary technology enables individuals, professional artists, and major brands, including Star Wars and Hallmark, to create and offer billions of unique products for customers worldwide. Zazzle's rapidly expanding product base covers every topic imaginable and includes custom shirts, business cards, and invites, in addition to a variety of other gifts. Upon creation, products are instantly and accurately visualized on the site and offered in the Zazzle marketplace. When ordered, each product is made on-demand, typically within 24 hours. Launched in 2005 and based in Redwood City, California, Zazzle's vision is to redefine commerce, powered by the world's imagination.
Zazzle global sites are www.zazzle.com, www.zazzle.co.jp, www.zazzle.co.uk, www.zazzle.com.au, www.zazzle.ca, www.zazzle.de, www.zazzle.fr, www.zazzle.es, www.zazzle.pt, www.zazzle.com.br, & www.zazzle.co.nz.
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