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Wanelos’ design and the format is an inspiration from Pinterest’s “pinning” format to Instagram’s “discovery” section. Although, as I mentioned earlier, Wanelo’s original mission was to encompass the mall-shopping experience onto a mobile app. Clicking on one of the items gives you a quick snapshot of the price, brand name, shipping information, and the reviews section. It is mainly a mobile-driven app, considering the rise of mobile users for online shopping, and does seem to be a little busy. Nonetheless, the IA (Information Architecture) of the app is seamlessly simple and does not take users much time to find out the functionality of the app. Everything is organized by what the users would like to see. As seen below, users can view items to their choose by choosing the following categories below: New arrivals, On sale, Reviews, Women, Men, and Home. Similar to Instagram, wanelo is known for its unique “discovery feed” on their app. Users can click on the magnifying glass and can automatically start swiping right or left on items they would “wish” to keep on their wish list. Therefore, the apps’ UI (User Interface) works quite well overall. There is still room for improvement in terms of the grid style layout that wanelo is utilizing on both their website and the app. The website (shown above) is not as cluttered to the users’ eyes and can easily be organized by what the user is viewing. Following brand name items and local boutique stores are actually quite simple as well. During the profile creation process, wanelo gives you numerous options on what brands are available by displaying clothing items available in that store and gives you the option to follow that store automatically. Based on the shopper’s taste of clothing the app tries to offer brands and clothing options it thinks you might like. Despite the criticism of wanelo’s oddly similar appearance to Pinterest and Instagram’s feed, the format works for them and it is still experimenting new ways for the consumers to interact with the app and stay on it for as long as possible. In 2015, the average user on wanelo was spending at least fifty minutes shopping on the app.  In order to increase or maintain the time spent on the app/site, they will have to consider whether or not the current “features” they have are worth keeping or may need to be changed. Personally, I enjoyed going through their “discovery” section but would have liked the option to swipe on items that were just shoes or clothing.

 

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Why wanelo is every shopaholics dream?

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If I have to describe what wanelo is and how it works, it is the lovechild between Pinterest and Instagram.Consumers are able to go through multiple clothing items of their choice by following local and well-known retailers on their phone and purchase them at their own convenience by creating a “wish list”.  Users follow other users similar to their fashion taste and can “swipe right” on fashion items of their choice. They can also save those items to their wishlist, and then purchase the product from their phone later on if they want. The app also offers free shipping and reviews of the item before they purchase it.

The app itself is user-friendly and does not take much time in learning how to use the app overall. According to the Business insider, wanelo was able to raise two million dollars  from investors and create the app. In 2013, they were able to pull in more than a million visitors, “Wanelo pulled in 1,367,000 unique visitors in December, up from 743,000 the month prior.” The site has a significant amount of marketing potential due to the fact local and well-known retailers are able to promote, and sell their clothing lines on the app. Not to mention, marketers could potentially use the app emphasize a certain clothing line or label that they have just started. Overall, online and brick and mortar retailers can gain a sustainable competitive advantage if they were to use Wanelo. They could possibly expand into other product categories since they have been successful with clothing but that would have to depend if the company would want to head in that direction. For now, there is plenty of marketing potential with Wanelo for the clothing retail industry and home decor products. Considering the increase in users who want to purchase things online vs. a physical store is steadily growing. It is plausible, that the retail industry may have to integrate into an site/app such as Wanelo in order to survive in the current market. Multiple retailers are able to target customers better and offer them promotions as well from the app.

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