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The Otto Group, or Otto GmbH & Co KG (formerly Otto Versand), is a mail order company and currently one of the world's biggest e-commerce companies. It is based in Germany and France, and operates in more than twenty countries. Otto is primarily a retail e commerce company, and as a shareholder, it also operates in e commerce services. The Otto group has expanded into real estate and financial services.
Otto Group, a family business
The family of executive board chairman Michael Otto owns the majority of the company. The company is based in Hamburg, Germany. It was founded by Werner Otto in 1949. The first catalogue was hand produced offering twenty eight styles of shoes. During the 1950's, the product range business volume expanded. Otto introduced telephone orders in 1963, and launched an online shopping website in 1995.
Michael Otto was the former owner of Spiegel, Inc., (the parent company of Eddie Bauer and the former owners of the catalogue Spiegel). It filed for bankruptcy on 17 March 2003. On 25 May 2005, Spiegel, Inc., emerged from bankruptcy renamed Eddie Bauer Holdings, and was primarily owned by Commerzbank.
Individual companies of the Otto Group:
- About You
- Alba Moda
- Baumarkt Direct
- Crate & Barrel
- Freemans Grattan Holdings
- Hanseatic Bank (25%)
- Hanseatic Versicherungsdienst
- Hansecontrol-Cert (49%)
- Hermes Europe
- Hermes Parcel Services in Germany, UK, Italy, Austria
- Hermes-OTTO International
- MyToys.de (74.8%)
- OTTO Doosan Mail Order
- OTTO Group Russia
- OTTO Japan
- Eddie Bauer Japan and
- OTTO Office
- Phi-t products & services (50%)
- 3 Suisses International Group
- Witt Weiden
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