After launching a section for handmade products in the US last year, Amazon is now rolling out its Handmade portal in all five Amazon European marketplaces (Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it and Amazon.es). Soon customers can buy and sell handmade products online, similar to websites as Etsy and German marketplace DaWanda.
Whenever you ask someone what comes up in his mind on hearing the word ‘ecommerce’, there’s a big chance he’ll come up with eBay or Amazon. And can you blame him? These marketplaces are amongst the biggest and most succesful ecommerce players in the world. Marketplaces are very popular among consumers as they often offer a very wide range of merchandise, all on one site.
Amazon has announced it will open a new and bigger Spanish headquarters. This 12,000 square meters building will be located in Madrid’s upcoming business district of Méndez Álvaro. It will host Amazon’s current 400 corporate employees as well as provide capacity for over 1,000 employees.
In many countries, Amazon is the first stop for online shopping. In Switzerland, there is still no corresponding counterpart. A recent survey shows that three quarters of retailers think that a strong Swiss B2C online marketplace would be good for the country, so Amazon can’t gain more market share.
Allegro has opened its doors in Germany. The Polish ecommerce leader made a quite entrance in its neighboring country. The ecommerce service should help Polish sellers with marketing their products in Germany, Europe’s third largest ecommerce country.
Rakuten is closing its marketplace in the United Kingdom in August. The online platform will also cease its operations in Spain and move customers and merchants from the Austrian website to the German website. The Japanese company wants to focus fully on France and Germany, where its websites have the scale and potential for sustainable growth.
In some countries in Europe, you will use eBay or Amazon if you want to trade your goods via an online marketplace. In Poland, you might get fewer customers than you would expect if you use these American websites. That’s because Allegro is the leading marketplace in Poland. Did you know you must have a Polish website if you want to trade via Allegro?
Fyndiq, an online bargain marketplace from Sweden, has decided to quit its business in Germany. After less than a year, the Swedish company hung a “Sorry, we’re closed” sign on its German ecommerce website. Now Fyndiq is only active in Sweden again.
In 45 days, the best European soccer countries (minus the Netherlands) will decide which country will succeed Spain as the European champion. To get fans in the mood, Amazon France opened a dedicated online Euro 2016 shop, containing more than 134,000 items for soccer fans.
WeMarket has today officially launched its B2B marketplace. International buyers and sellers can do business with each other on this online platform, without having to deal with private customers. The Dutch website is an initiative of one of the founders of file transfer website WeTransfer.
Swiss Post has started in Bern an online marketplace for small businesses. This platform, called Kaloka, will take care of the entire ecommerce value chain, from online store to logistics. The postal service of Switzerland will also integrate local startups into the project and offers a SMS-butler.