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Here you’ll find interesting articles about companies launching an online store, or companies launching their already existing online store in another country.

Gap will open shop within Zalando

Gap and Zalando have today announced a pan-European partnership, which means Gap’s clothing and accessories will be available within Europe’s largest online fashion website beginning next summer. The partnership will be Gap’s first foray into multi-brand retailing in Europe. Continue reading

Conrad starts online tech community

Conrad Electronic has started its online own community. On a subdomain of its online shop consumers and other interested people can get in touch with others. Conrad’s goal with the community is to become the preferred point of contact for tech fans online. By writing blog posts and making how-to videos people can share their wisdoms. Continue reading

H&M launches online stores in 8 new European countries

H&M will launch online stores in eight different countries in Europe during 2015. The new online markets will be Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and Slovakia. H&M’s online stores are already available in eleven European countries. Continue reading

Online furniture store Home24 expands to Italy

Online furniture store Home24 will launch a shop in Italy. This marks the seventh shop in Europe and is already the third one this year. Together with this expansion news, Home24 also presented its half-year figures for the first half of 2014. Things look well for the online furniture shop. Continue reading

Amazon launches online store in The Netherlands

Amazon has launched its Dutch ecommerce site. Starting tomorrow morning 8 AM, customers can order ebooks and Amazon’s Kindle ereaders online on Amazon.nl. The site offers more than 20,000 Dutch ebooks, as well as 3 million ebooks in other languages. As a result of the launch of Amazon in the Netherlands, the apps and ereaders from the American retailer are now also available in the Dutch language. Continue reading

Food retailer ICA Sweden is testing its own ecommerce platform

ICA Gruppen, one of the leading retail companies in Scandinavia, is testing its own ecommerce platform. The company has several online stores running in Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, but they all run on different ecommerce platforms. The newly designed platform is now being tested in four ICA branded stores. Continue reading

Doctipharma starts online sales of non-prescription drugs in France

French online pharmacist Doctipharma has opened its service platform where it sells non-prescription drugs, after it obtained the approval of health authorities. Doctipharma.fr allows patients to securely access these products in strict compliance with the recommendations of health authorities and benefit from the advice of pharmacists gathered on this platform. Continue reading

New ecommerce site Storytalia promotes products made in Italy

When you think about products that are made in Italy, at first you will probably think of brands like Gucci, Ferrari, Versace and Prada. But there’s much, much more. That’s why a new ecommerce site has launched. Storytalia wants to promote quality goods from selected brands, so its visitors get to know “the unexpected made in Italy”. Continue reading

Toys”R”Us launches ecommerce site in Poland

The American toy retailer Toys”R”Us has announced the launch of an ecommerce site in Poland, adding to its growing portfolio of online stores all over the world. Toys”R”Us already has eight physical stores and the web store will extends the brand’s reach to more Polish consumers. Continue reading

Perfume retailer Douglas will also sell erotic products

The German perfume retailer Douglas will add erotic items to its product range in the near future. With various scented waters, cleansing elixirs, nourishing creams and a high quality makeup line the company is an import place for shoppers looking for beauty products. And soon these shoppers can also shop at Douglas for vibrators and other adult toys. Continue reading

Rocket Internet launches Instacart clone Shopwings

Rocket Internet has done it again. It launched a service that bears a striking resemblance to another hot startup. This time it copied the fast-growing grocery ordering and delivery service Instacart, that closed a €35 million round four months ago. ShopWings has launched today and is also an online supermarket that delivers daily goods from local grocery stores. Continue reading

C&A opens online store in Switzerland

C&A has expanded its multichannel strategy and integration of online and offline sales channel by launching an online store in Switzerland. Good news for local consumers who want to order something from the Dutch fashion retailer online. A broad campaign has started in Switzerland to promote C&A’s latest expansion. Switzerland is the ninth market where C&A runs an online store. Continue reading

Online furniture store Hem goes live in Europe and USA

Fab.com announced today it has officially launched Hem, an online retailer selling Scandinavian-style furniture. The European design company goes live in 40 markets. It ships to 30 countries, including the US, and a further ten countries will have Hem’s furniture thanks to resale partnerships with physical stores. Continue reading

Ecommerce Europe wants to launch European review system

Ecommerce Europe wants to launch a review system for online stores in Europe in early 2015. With this system, customers from webshops that are gathered under the accompanied trustmark can see the shop’s performance and with this information decide if they want to order there. Continue reading

‘Amazon wants to launch in the Netherlands as soon as possible’

Amazon is getting very serious about entering the Dutch market with its online store. More and more publishers state the American ecommerce giant has contacted them to negotiate about selling e-books. But it won’t be easy for Jeff Bezos’s brainchild as Dutch publishers aren’t so eager to join forces with Amazon. Continue reading