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Laws and regulations

As ecommerce become an increasingly mature business, more and more laws and regulations come in place. This is also because Europe desperately wants to have one, unified ecommerce market. The Directive on Consumer Right is one of these examples. As of 13 June 2014 it replaced certain directives and it’s focused more on protecting the online consumer than the European Union did before.

Amazon charged with antitrust violations in Europe

Amazon charged with antitrust violations in Europe

The European Commission has accused Amazon of abusing non-public data from third-party merchants to boost sales of its own brands in France and Germany. The Commission also opened a second investigation regarding the possible preferential treatment of marketplace sellers that use Amazon’s fulfillment services. Continue reading

France to pause development of ecommerce warehouses

France to pause development of ecommerce warehouses

France has announced plans to pause the development of warehouses used by ecommerce companies. This would mean a setback for online retail giants such as Amazon. The plan was announced by the newly-appointed Minister of Environment, Barbara Pompili. Continue reading

EU wants goods to be more durable and repairable

EU wants goods to be more durable and repairable

The European Commission has adopted a new plan, which focuses on the design and production for a circular economy. The Commission wants to transform the way products in the EU are made. It wants them recyclable, repairable and designed to last longer. Continue reading

Germany makes destroying products more difficult

Germany makes destroying products more difficult

The Cabinet of Germany has launched a draft law that is aimed to improve waste avoidance and to increase recycling. For online retailers this means the destruction of products will be more difficult, so they need to find a better way to deal with returns. Continue reading

New EU rules for consumer protection are in force

New EU rules for consumer protection are in force

New European Union rules for better consumer protection came into force yesterday. The modernized rules are designed to better be in line with digital developments. The European Commission urges member states to strictly implement the rules. Continue reading

Italy wants 3% tax for big ecommerce companies

Italy wants 3% tax for big ecommerce companies

Italy has plans to introduce a so-called web tax in 2020. The Southern European country has announced plans to introduce this tax in its new budget draft. The web tax is aimed at online giants like Amazon and Google. Continue reading

Amazon raises seller fees in France

Amazon raises seller fees in France

After France approved a new digital tax on American tech giants, Amazon reacted by passing along the costs to French Amazon sellers. The marketplace is raising seller fees by 3 percent for thousands of small and medium-sized businesses in France. Continue reading

Ecommerce websites in Europe hit by GDPR

Ecommerce websites in Europe hit by GDPR

Ever since the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, came into force 14 months ago, ecommerce websites in Europe have recorded lower page views, site visits and revenue. Continue reading