Lightspeed and Google today announced a partnership with the goal of helping retailers as stores are re-opening. Lightspeed will integrate some Google tools directly into its platform, at no additional cost, to boost local sales from retailers.
Dutch department store De Bijenkorf is expanding in Europe again. After launching an ecommerce website in France last year, it’s now opening an online store in Austria. This marks the fourth foreign market for the Dutch omnichannel retailer.
Dutch wholesale platform Orderchamp has raised 16.5 million euros for further expansion in Europe. The Series A-round was led by venture capital firm Prime Ventures, while existing investors henQ and several business angels also participated.
Ecommerce in Europe has grown exponentially during the Covid-19 pandemic last year. The digitization of both consumers and retailers has accelerated by two to three years, in some countries even by five years.