Halfords, Britain’s biggest bike retailer, today launche its marketplace service to give customers more choice, with plans to stock up to 40,000 SKU’s. About 25 per cent of the company sales are already made online. The marketplace is powered by Mirakl, that just announced another funding round earlier this week.
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.
ePrice, one of the biggest online retailers in Italy, has launched a new marketplace. The ecommerce company wants to improve its product selection and growth in the Italian market as well as in Europe. It is now opening the marketplace to European merchants, who will be able to sell their products to Italian customers.
Global marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay and Alibaba will own almost 40% of the global online retail market within five years. At least, that’s what retailers from all over the world expect to happen. A new study gives more insights in the rise of global marketplace and how retailers can compete with them.
Neteven recently accelerated its European expansion by strengthening its position in the UK and developing its international sales team and marketplaces partnerships. 50% of the products integrated by Neteven now come from companies based outside of France. By connecting eight new marketplaces in the country it wants to attract more foreign brands and retailers to the French market.
Amazon is launching a new marketplace: Amazon Business. Here, business shoppers can order a wide range of items and get their products delivered in two days for free if an order costs more than 45 euros. It’s seems like a very logical step for Amazon, who says millions of business customers have purchased billions of dollars of goods on the regular Amazon.com website in the past year.
The ecommerce industry in Italy was worth approximately 24.2 billion euros in 2014, which means an overall increase of 8% compared to 2013. Marketplaces and foreign players are positioning themselves in the Italian market and seem responsible for the transformation that’s noticeable now.
Fyndiq, the popular bargain marketplace from Sweden, will expand to Germany this year. The online company is currently looking for German-speaking people to fill the dozens of job vacancies they have. It’s no secret Fyndiq wants to spread its wings. After a funding round last year the company said it was looking to take its business to new markets, starting in Germany, the UK and Poland.
With retails sales in major ecommerce markets in Europe expected to increase by 18.4% in 2015, the ecommerce expectations are high. One of the reasons for the increasing popularity of ecommerce in Europe is the continued growth of marketplaces. Guest blogger Mickael Froger (Lengow) explains why marketplaces will continue to be an important part of European ecommerce.
Amazon’s latest returns policy for international sellers requires them to have a domestic returns address in the country of the buyer. Otherwise retailers should pay for the return shipping on all returns. For some retailers this new policy creates major issues. Issues B2C Europe claims to solve with their ReturnYourParcel solution.
Online merchants who sell their products via Amazon, are obliged to have a local return address in every country they are selling or they should pay for the return costs if the package needs to be returned to somewhere else. These are the new rules for Fulfilment by Amazon.