Amazon has launched Amazon Business in the United Kingdom, a B2B service where companies can order a curated selection of products online. Amazon Business supplies products directly to businesses, but also acts as a middleman through its marketplace service.
Here you’ll find interesting articles about companies launching an online store, or companies launching their already existing online store in another country.
Bic has launched its first online subscription service in France. Starting at 5 euros per month, customers get a shaver directly to their home with refillable cartridges delivered at their desired frequency. The Bic Shave Club is the company’s first experience with large-scale direct sales to consumers.
H&M is launching a new retail brand, called Arket, which features both Arket’s own products and non-H&M brands. The Arket products are priced slightly higher than that of the core H&M brand. Arket stores will be opened in London, Brussels, Copenhagen and Munich, while online stores of the brand will launch in 18 European countries.
In May, LVMH will launch an ecommerce website called Le Bon Marché that features all of its brands and those of competitors. With the new online department store, LVMH wants to capitalize on fast-growing online sales of luxury goods.
Packhelp, an online platform which enables retailers to create custom-branded packaging, has launched in Europe. Now online retailers from all across the continent can design and order their custom cardboard boxes without getting in touch with a graphic designer or printer.
DPD Germany is entering the food delivery market. The German parcel and express service provider will deliver online groceries and other food products. HelloFresh is the first customer to use the service that’s being named DPD Food. Later this year, the service will be available for other customers.
The ecommerce app Shopkick left Germany at the end of last year, but now former employees are planning a revival of the shopping app. With a new name and an improved concept, German consumers should soon be able to get rewarded again for walking into stores.
Car manufacturer Hyundai has launched it’s so-called ‘click to buy’ website, which lets customers buy a new car from their computer or smartphone. According to the press release, it’s the first time a car manufacturer offers its customers nationwide the opportunity to buy a car completely online.
Two months after Lidl announced it will start selling fruits and vegetables online in Germany, the supermarket discounter is now experimenting with Lidl Express, a pick-up point for online orders where consumers can also buy fresh products.
Apple has launched its mobile payments service Apple Pay in Spain. It supports cards from Banco Santander, Carrefour, Ticket Restaurant and American Express. At the moment, Apple Pay in Spain can be used at 27 major retailers, including Media Markt and Bershka.
Banzai, an Italian ecommerce company group, has announced plans to change its company name to ePrice, the same name as its online tech & appliances retail brand. It also announced it will invest 40 million euros in technology over the next five years in order to accelerate its development.
After launching its Dash buttons in the UK, Germany and Austria three months ago, the American company is now releasing its consumer goods-ordering buttons in France. Amazon Premium subscribers in France will be able to order the button that triggers the replenishment of 500 different products.
Goodvidio, which helps online retailers increase their sales with product videos curated from social media, has finally launched its service out of beta. It has also announced integrations with popular ecommerce platforms like Magento and WooCommerce. With 1 million dollars of fresh funding, Goodvidio is looking to expand across Europe the United States.
After launching its own music streaming service, Aldi will now also launch an e-book service in Germany. The digital platform will offer one million e-books as well as a new Aldi Medion tablet that’s been optimized for reading e-books.
The German hypermarket Kaufland, part of the Schwarz Gruppe which also owns Lidl and Handelshof, has opened an online shop in Germany. But for now, the online delivery service is only available in Berlin. The website will offer the same prices as in-store.