By  on March 26, 2012

One hundred countries. Thirty-five stores. Five hundred employees. Countless vendors. Documented 99 percent on-time deliveries. “It really is a Swiss watch,” says Federico Marchetti, ceo of Yoox Group, the complicated, multitiered online retail concept he launched 12 years ago, as a forward-thinking graduate of Columbia Business School.

Marchetti started with a single store, the multibrand fashion site yoox.com. In early March, shoescribe.com, the Group’s most recent endeavor, went live. In between saw the launches of the fashion-forward, multibrand thecorner.com, and sites for 32 brands with which Yoox has partnered. These include Zegna, Diesel, Jil Sander, Valentino, Marni, Dolce & Gabbana, Moncler and Giorgio Armani, the last three launched in the second half of last year. The Bologna-based Yoox Group went public in 2009—Italy’s only IPO that year—and analysts now value it at $480 million.

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