This month, Swedish fashion retailer Chiquelle won the Global E-commerce Award at this year’s Global E-commerce Summit. The company’s pitch won 52 percent of the audience vote, thereby beating Indian online grocery store Big Basket and Swedish furniture manufacturer Ikea. We interviewed CEO and co-founder Pouya Boland about the award and the latest developments, including expanding to more countries.
Splitit enables consumers to pay for online purchases with interest-free monthly payments. The fintech startups lets consumers use their existing credit cards and divide the total cost up to 12 payments. Ecommerce News talked to the company, which is now aiming most of the marketing efforts towards Europe.
Picodi, a Polish website offering customers coupons from hundreds of retailers, has grown to become an internationally operating company. But while it was active in many countries, it also used a similar number of different names. It now operates in 32 countries worldwide under one name: Picodi.
Ecommerce companies can really make a difference nowadays if they use their data efficiently. But there’s data everywhere and it takes some time and effort to analyze all this. A European startup that tries to solve this problem, is MonkeyData. This Czech SaaS company analyses data from various sources and shows the results in one place in an organized dashboard. We interviewed them about data, ecommerce software and the differences between some European countries.
What’s the best software for retail businesses? IT research company Gartner tried to answer this question and came with an extensive report. It ranked ecommerce software provider Intershop third, behind the two retail software giants IBM and SAP. The German company is active for many years, but now it really seems on the rise, especially in mature ecommerce markets such as the Netherlands, Sweden and its home market Germany.
Viadurini is an Italian ecommerce company that sells designer & trendy furniture from Milan online. It has announced it will open an online store in the United States. The company is already available in many European countries. We interviewed X about the online furniture store.
Bol.com, the biggest online retailer in the Netherlands, is moving from being a traditional ecommerce player into a selling platform and fulfilment partner for third-party retailers. In an interview with Belgian newspaper De Tijd, managing director Daniël Ropers compared Bol.com with Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba. “We are building a network of expertise, retailers, services and products.”
French online retailer Exagona has a very specific product assortment: it only sells products which are 100% made in France. So, the design, the manufacturing, the assembling, the distribution, they all take place in France. The website sells fashion, food, furniture and much more. We interviewed Charlotte Bourgeois from Exagona.
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has shown to be very enthusiastic about the ecommerce industry in the United Kingdom. The former Google boss thinks the United Kingdom is the world leader in ecommerce.
CartFresh, a white-label grocery delivery platform for retailers, is ready to conquer Europe and the rest of the world. The Ukrainian startup changed its name from Zakaz.ua to CartFresh so it’s more interesting to English-speaking countries and retailers. We interviewed Yegor Anchishkin, CEO of CartFresh.com.