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Logistics

No ecommerce without logistics. Because whenever a consumer orders something online, that product has to be shipped from one place (a warehouse or fulfilment centre) to another (the consumer’s house, a pick-up point, et cetera). So logistics 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.

Cost of failed deliveries in the UK: €971mn

Failing with online delivery comes with a price. For retailers and market place sellers in the United Kingdom this cost add up to almost 1 billion euros this year alone. Failed deliveries are in any case something online retailers would be better off without, but seeing the number of 1 billion euros per year makes you wonder why so much deliveries have to fail in the first place. Continue reading

Shipping API Shipbeat raises €1.2mn in seed capital

Shipbeat, a API for shipping that enables businesses to do shipments online, yesterday announced a 1.6 million euros investment led by Sunstone, SEED Capital and former Just Eat’s CEO Klaus Nyengaard. This fresh funding will be used to further expand the Danish company’s product, hiring and to complete the necessary software integrations. Continue reading

Hybrid model Ulmart successful: sales grow by 31%

It looks Ulmart has found the ideal model for operating an ecommerce business in Russia. The 31% growth of sales for the first six months of 2014 in a year-on-year comparison are proof of that. Sequential quarterly growth even increased by 47%. Ulmart showed to be a disruptive player in the Russian ecommerce with its ‘web of fullfilment’. Continue reading

DPD wants to double market share in Germany

DPD aims to double its share of the business-to-consumer shipping market in Germany by introducing new innovations. Customers now get a delivery time window of as little as 30 minutes. They are also able to see on a map where their parcel is at any particular stage, together with the number of stops the driver still has to make before the parcel reaches its destination. Continue reading

RePack: reusable packaging for online retailers

The average Finnish consumer produces about 176 pounds of waste per year. We don’t even want to know what the average packaging waste is in other European countries. But a Finnish startup came up with a brilliant solution. They invented a sustainable packaging system whereby packages can be returned and then re-used. Meet RePack. Continue reading

DHL invests €195m in the UK

DHL will invest 195 million euros (£156 million) in the United Kingdom. It invests heavily in the East Midlands and Heathrow, by improving the sorting and aircraft landing facilities at these sites. It will be Deutsche Post DHL’s largest investment in the UK in 14 years. Continue reading

Polish Post launches new ecommerce platform

Poczta Polska, called Polish Post in English, is launching a new solution for ecommerce shipping, combining shipping with banking, insurance and digital services. The state-owned firm handled about one in three ecommerce shipments in Poland last year. By launching a new shipping solution, Polish Post wants to take advantage of the predicted fast growth of the ecommerce sector. Continue reading

German ecommerce industry to benefit from even faster deliveries

With 25 percent of European ecommerce turnover, Germany has one of the largest ecommerce industries in Europe. And the €40 billion market is set to hit 100 billion euros in 2020. This predicted growth of course can only happen if the country keeps investing on logistics. Luckily, that happens. Germany’s leading logistics companies invest 1 billion dollars in cutting delivery times. Continue reading

Belgian parcel delivery service Kiala now also ships cross-border

Kiala, which sends parcels to over 11,700 convenient collection points throughout Western Europe, has enabled merchants to get their goods delivered to other countries where Kiala is active. From now one, an online merchant sending parcels using Kiala can also send these parcels to the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France and Spain. Continue reading

Amazon expands it distribution center in Italy

Amazon has expanded its distribution centre in Italy. In Castel San Giovanni, placed in the province of Piacenza, one of Europe’s most innovative distribution centers arises. It’s 70,000 square meters big and by opening this new distribution center there will be about 1,000 new jobs. Continue reading

Hermes Group passes €2bn revenue mark

Hermes Group has recorded sales of 2.08 billion euros. Its twelve individual companies grew their combined sales by 8% year-on-year in 2013. Parcel volumes grew by 10%, which led to the Anglo-German parcel carrier handling around 496 million items during last year. Continue reading