No ecommerce without logistics. Because whenever a consumer orders something online, that product has to be shipped from one place (one of many warehouses and fulfilment centers in Europe) to another (the consumer’s house, a pick-up point, et cetera). So logistics (and logistics companies) play a very important role in the whole ecommerce process. In order to achieve success in the online retail industry, one has to have a very solid logistics plan in place.
Sendcloud, the leading e-commerce shipping platform in Europe, has raised 150 million euros in a Series C funding round. The investment was led by Softbank, along with L Catterton and HPE Growth. The Dutch-based company will use the money to accelerate growth and continue its ongoing mission for international expansion.
Arvato Supply Chain Solutions, a supply chain management service provider from Germany, began the use of AutoStore operations in Dortmund today. They will use the largest number of robots in one location in Europe. Approximately 180,000 bins and 280 robots can be used in the new hall.
Amazon wants to expand further in Germany and plans to erect eight new logistics buildings by the first half of 2022. This will create 3.000 additional permanent jobs with Amazon Germany. The expansion is necessary to meet customer demand and expand the range of products.
Berlin Brands Group has plans to massively expand its own logistics network in Europe over the next two years. The German company, which acquires ecommerce brands and Amazon retailers, will open logistics centers in multiple countries across Europe.
Deutsche Post DHL Group has announced it will acquire J.F. Hillebrand Group and its subsidiaries. Hillebrand is specialized in transporting beverages and bulk liquids. The world's largest courier company will pay 1.5 billion euros in cash for the German beverage logistics company.
Active Ants, an e-fulfillment company from the Netherlands, has opened its first distribution center in Belgium. The site is located in Willebroek, a town between Antwerp and Brussels. The Bpost subsidiary is now eying international expansion.
A.P. Moller - Maersk, a major container logistics company from Denmark, has announced its intention to acquire B2C Europe, a Dutch logistics company that's specialized in B2C parcel services in Europe.
Amazon has introduced two new Fulfillment by Amazon programs in Europe to give more products a second life. With FBA Liquidations and FBA Grade and Resell, Amazon enables sellers to recoup potential losses on returned and overstock inventory.
Royal Mail has introduced its Sunday delivery service. Bloom & Wild is the first company to take advantage of this service. This means consumers across the United Kingdom can now have flowers delivered on a Sunday.
eBay will roll out a new service in the United Kingdom: eBay fulfilment by Orange Connex. This is an end-to-end fulfillment service for eBay business sellers located in the UK. It offers same-day handling, late cut off times and the option of next-day or standard delivery to end customers.
The Carrefour Group will acquire a minority stake in Cajoo, a French startup that delivers groceries in under 15 minutes. For Carrefour, the investment is a way to speed up quick commerce in France. Cajoo operates in ten cities across France and has over 100,000 users.
While 45 percent of British consumers say that next-day delivery would make them more likely to shop with a merchant, 66 percent of retailers offer this kind of service. Also, some retailers fail to meet consumers' needs regarding free delivery.
Noyes, a German provider of very small warehouses, has raised 3.8 million dollars (3.23 million euros) in seed funding. The investment comes at a time where there are many instant-delivery providers looking for storefronts that can be converted into small warehouses.