Zalando has opened the new Zalando Fashion Insights Centre in Dublin. With this first technology hub outside of Germany, the online fashion retailer is about to create 200 jobs during the next three years. The new base will focus on understanding the habits and patterns of online shoppers to create a personalized platform.
Here you’ll find interesting articles about companies launching an online store, or companies launching their already existing online store in another country.
Poundworld, a popular single price store in the UK, has launched its online store. Most items can be bought for just 1 pound, but there are also items that sell for higher prices. It’s an interesting move to see a bargain retailer operating online. It may open doors for others, like discount store-chain Action from the Netherlands.
Danish jewelry retailer Pandora has launched an ecommerce site for the US market. It’s the first time the manufacturer and retailer has opened a dedicated ecommerce store for a market outside of Europe, where it already has seven country-specific online stores.
DHL has relaunched its Allyouneed service. Previously, it was an online supermarket, but this is now rebranded as Allyouneed Fresh. And MeinPaket.de has now become Allyouneed. Quite confusing right? Well, get used to it. The latter shopping portal will expand to other European markets. It rolled out already to Poland in March and more countries will follow.
Venstr is a new service in the United Kingdom that has been launched to help online retailers find reliable and trustworthy suppliers, thereby saving them time and money. The name Venstr comes from the ability to give vendors a star-rating.
The German grocery discounter Aldi is planning to launch an online store in the United Kingdom. If all goes as planned, it would be the first time Aldi is active on the ecommerce front in Europe. Aldi has been offering alcoholic drinks online in Australia since 2013, but the UK launch would be the first real online attempt in Europe.
Crowdfunding platform Symbid today announced the launch of the Funding Network. This is a platform that connects small- and medium-sized enterprises to all types of funding, whether they are traditional or alternative like crowdfunding.
Entrepreneur Peter Jones, who is a panelist on Dragons’ Den and American Inventor, has combined several of his companies into one big international ecommerce venture. Brandpath is the new holding company for his firms Data Select, Expansys, DSNS and PJ Media. It’s an end-to-end solution which handles every step of the customer journey.
H&M will sell online in Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Switzerland. The Swedish fashion retailer is making a big ecommerce push as it already invested heavily in its online retail site and took several steps to connect its web and mobile assets with its brick-and-mortar stores.
DHL has launched DHL Parcel in Belgium. With this service, the parcel company wants to mature its B2C network in Belgium. The goal is to have a network of about 1,600 pick up points in stores all over the country and to compete with Bpost, Belgiums biggest parcel company.