A visit to Zumiez Headquarters

18 Mar, 2010


Zumiez is known as the mall skate/snowboard shop that caters to the younger demographic but for many places it can be the only skate/snowboard shop and with multiple stores around the country they are one of the most known shops despite not being “core”.  In my own personal case, I bought my first setup from Zumiez in Seattle back in 1994 when it was my local snowboard shop.  Despite their large corporation appearance, the employees that run the company behind the scenes are young and just as interested in skate/snowboarding as anyone else on the mountain.

Zumiez has stores across the country but their headquarters are based out of Everett, Washington just north of Seattle. The headquarters is where the magic happens which impacts the thousands of stores around the country.  This office houses the buyers to accounting to handling the online sales.

When you walk into the Zumiez headquarters, a comfy couch is there to greet and remind you of your local store.  At least for me it did, you know the couch setup with the snowboard dvd’s you could watch for hours without being bothered.

Receptionist desk greeting everyone who comes in

Thousands of stores around the country

Each hallway has Zumiez momentos, this hallway showcased their 100K event for Zumiez employees each year.  They bring out top sellers from stores around the country and give them days on snow & parties with tons of companies and athletes.

Mix of snowboard and skate gear around the building

The Wall of Shame of childhood photos that you’ll never forget but now can laugh about them.  They had some really great ones!

A mix of offices, each person is talking distance to the next and open room environment.

During the visit to the buyers offices, I was able to visit with the Zumiez crew that I met and rode with earlier this winter at Buffalo Pass.

Kate was my tour guide and is one of the Zumiez buyers

Josh and Ben

Zeke

Liz the Zumiez shoe buyer was overwhelmed at her desk with shoes

Graphic Designers offices

The Tech Department for Zumiez

Conference Room for the big important meetings

Cafeteria for Zumiez employees

Backstock for summer items

The warehouse lounge area

Zumiez warehouse workers

The warehouse for Zumiez is massive and was busy with workers packaging and sorting boxes to go out to stores.  Zumiez just announced they’ll be moving their distribution warehouse to southern california which resulted in layoffs but this warehouse will continue it’s online distribution.

Sorting boxes

A huge thanks to Kate for showing me around Zumiez and taking time from her day to do it!

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Shay

From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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8 Comments

  1. March 18, 2010

    Great write-up Shay. Always nice to see the behind the scenes of more industry players. See you in Park City!

  2. Hanh
    March 19, 2010

    i used to work for one. one of the most corporate places i have ever been, do your self and the real shops a favor and dont walk into one again. no managers ive met ever rode, just bottom liners

  3. March 20, 2010

    Nice warehouse design. Oh and I love your snowboards.

  4. hayley thorn
    November 15, 2010

    Hi, I have been trying to order some products off the zumiez website, i’m from the UK. I do not seem to be having any luck, I phoned the othe rday and someone said they were sorting out the website, I think there may have been some problem with it. I would be really grateful for some help, or if somone could let me know how much shipping would be to the uk, and i’ll order by phone.
    many thanks
    hayley thorn

  5. Amy
    January 17, 2011

    Thanks for sharing the pics! I drive by the corporate office every day on my way to work at Boeing and always wonder what the inside looks like! Really cool!!

  6. chris thomas
    March 11, 2011

    Do you carry armoundillo belts? Or Imperial Motion clothing

    I can’t find it anywhere

  7. March 15, 2011

    Chris,

    I have no affiliation with Zumiez other than visiting their headquarters so you might want to try http://www.zumiez.com/