Japanese e-commerce giant, Rakuten has acquired a 100% stake in virtul fitting room company Fits.me. Rakuten expects the innovative tech startup to further strengthen its e-commerce offerings and marketing solutions by providing a greater personalization of the retail experience for shoppers while driving operational insights and efficiencies for retailers. Fits.me will operate as a stand-alone business within Rakuten and continue to support and grow current and future clients.
Fits.me’s virtual fitting room technology has been changing how top brands, such as Thomas Pink, QVC and Pretty Green sell clothing online. The virtual fitting room helps shoppers better understand what clothes fit and suit them before they make purchase decisions. It also provides valuable insights to brands as they aim to better understand their customers, reduce the number of product returns, and enhance loyalty.
Rakuten founder and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani
Fits.me represents both the fun and functionality of shopping online and is a natural complement to our growing portfolio of e-commerce and marketing services. Not only does the virtual fitting room provide customers with a more realistic shopping experience, it also empowers merchants with the valuable data they need to continually improve their service.
Fits.me CEO James B. Gambrell
Rakuten built its business by empowering merchants and brands to deliver authentic and engaging shopping experiences, which is exactly the vision of Fits.me. Many fashion retailers are still using basic segmentation techniques, but our fit preference insights help them deliver genuine personalisation, which improves customer loyalty and lifetime value. We are excited to join Rakuten, with its leading e-commerce marketplaces and cutting edge marketing services platform Rakuten Marketing, as we build out our ambitious product plans and accelerate our planned growth in Europe, the USA and now Asia.