No, Amazon didn’t make a typographical error at its site. The American retailer is really charging its French customers for shipping at the rate of one euro cent. And it has everything to do with the ongoing feud between Amazon and the French government.
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.
Online merchants in France won’t be able anymore to offer free shipments of discounted books. That’s the result of new legislation that was passed last week by the French Senate. The law is designed to protect local bookstores and is unofficially called the anti-Amazon law, as the retail giant gave book discounts along with free shipments, something local bookstores could not appreciate at all.
Richemont takes high court action to stop websites in the United Kingdom from selling counterfeit products. This landmark case could change the content and future of the internet, some broadband providers fear. But the Swiss luxury company, behind e.g. Cartier jewellery and Montblanc Watches, won’t back down and is hoping for a positive court decision.
Choice in eCommerce has handed over a petition yesterday, which was signed by more than 14,000 online merchants from all over Europe, to Olli Rehn, Vice-President of the European Commission. The petition calls on manufacturers and brand owners to refrain from imposing sales restrictions or prohibitions on online merchants.
Nearly two in three online stores that are based in Belgium were in violation, one way or another. Although the situation has improved when compared to 2011, it’s still a pretty significant figure. The results are from the annual report of the FPS Economy, a federal public service of Belgium.