When it comes to delivery, the Netherlands seem like a misfit in Europe. A good misfit though, because Dutch customers can get their orders much faster delivered than their European counterparts. More than 80% of the Dutch online stores can ship items within a day.
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.
Together with DHL, Zalando and Feldsechs, Deutsche Telekom has developed a mobile solution for the acceptance for parcels in case a customer isn’t home. In 2015, it will start an experiment with PaketButler: easily foldable bags consumers can place in front of their doors whenever they are about to receive a package that day, but won’t be available to accept it themselves.
Bundesverband E-commerce und Versandhandel, better known as BEVH, and MRU have investigated the distribution of B2C parcels delivered across Germany. And the results show that there are significant differences depending on the products being shipped and the regions involved. Around half of all parcels delivered in Germany today are from business to consumers or vice versa.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In some European countries there may be some differences between what consumers want and what online retailers think is most important. It seems some consumers want convenience and low shipping costs, while online sellers are focusing on improving the delivery time.