Amazon has announced its plans to create 15,000 new full-time jobs in Europe this year. It would mean the European-based workforce of the US retail giant will grow from over 50,000 today to more than 65,000 by the end of the year.
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.
The Russian Export Center and express carrier SPSR Express signed a partnership agreement, which is meant to open up opportunities of logistics services for Russian exports. Also, an ecommerce platform will be created for listing products across online marketplaces and stores.
Austrian Post, locally better known as Österreichische Post, has announced it will start with its online marketplace Shöpping.at in April this year. So far, 65 Austrian retailers will sell their goods on what aims to be a local alternative to Amazon, Zalando and eBay.
More and more German traders achieve millions of euros in sales by selling through online marketplace eBay. Actual figures from eBay Germany show that in 2016, the number of sellers with a million euros turnover via ebay.de has more than doubled in the last five years. There are now over 1,000 traders who achieved sales of at least one million euros.
Komplett.no, the biggest online retailer in Norway, will launch its own marketplace where other retailers can sell their products. The company is slowly transforming from being an online shop to an ecommerce marketplace and is aiming to become the Amazon of the Nordics.
Zalando has plans to hire 1,000 engineers throughout the course of next year. If this really happens, it would be a major increase of the German fashion retailer’s technology team, that currently counts 1,600 people.
What does Europe has to offer oppose the digital superpowers Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple? Well, virtually nothing. But that can change, says ‘ecommerce professor’ Gerrit Heinemann. His plan is called ‘VEZOS’, a play on words with Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.
eBay has launched eBay Local in the United Kingdom. It gives website visitors the opportunity to buy from sellers who live nearby. This should make exchanging goods easier, as customers can pay with cash and collect the items within minutes of agreeing a purchase.
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.
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.