Ecommerce in The Netherlands
The Netherlands is a small country, but it always tries to play a significant role, whether it be economically, political or in sports. The Netherlands participated in the introduction of the euro and was also a founding member of NATO and what’s now called the European Union. It’s also famous for its highly open economy which is leaning strongly towards international trade.
|Population||17 million people|
|– % internet users||96%|
|Online sales||€23.7 billion (2018)|
|Online stores worth mentioning:||Bol.com, Wehkamp, Coolblue|
- Ecommerce events in the Netherlands
- Ecommerce customers in the Netherlands
- The ecommerce market in the Netherlands
- Big online stores in the Netherlands
- Latest ecommerce news from or about the Netherlands
Ecommerce events in the Netherlands
Every year there are several ecommerce events being organized in the Netherlands. We have a handy ecommerce events calendar, where you can find all the major online retail events in Europe. But you can also check out only the ecommerce events in the Netherlands.
Ecommerce customers in the Netherlands
Based on data from 2018, The Netherlands has 16.4 million internet users, which represents 97% of the total population. Data from the Thuiswinkel Markt Monitor 2018 shows there are 13.5 million online shoppers in the Netherlands. The Dutch like to pay with iDeal, an online payment method developed by the Dutch banking community. Among the other popular online payment methods in the Netherlands are PayPal, MasterCard and VISA. Popular post-payment methods are AfterPay, acceptgiro (giro transfer) and Klarna.
The most popular product categories in Dutch ecommerce are travel & tickets (38.96%), followed by telecommunication (12.82%), consumer electronica (7.84%), computer hardware and software (7.57%), clothing and shoes (7.48%) and media (6.36%).
In 2018, about 35 percent of online shoppers in the Netherlands used their smartphones to purchase something over the internet.
The ecommerce market in the Netherlands
The Dutch ecommerce industry was worth 23.7 billion euros in 2018. That’s an estimated growth of 10 percent compared to the situation in 2017. Online sales in the Netherlands currently account for 9.6 percent of the country’s total retail industry.
Big online stores in the Netherlands
The biggest online stores in the Netherlands are Wehkamp.nl, Bol.com (the biggest in 2018), Zalando, Coolblue, H&M, Hema and Thuisbezorgd.nl. If you look at this list, it’s directly noticeable that almost all of these are local players, with exceptions for Zalando (Germany) and H&M. Amazon and eBay for example aren’t that big in the Netherlands, mostly because consumers are very hooked on Wehkamp.nl and Bol.com, two players that are online for over 15 years. But also because the Dutch really like to pay online with iDeal, and that’s something those international players didn’t or still don’t offer.
Latest news about The Netherlands
De Bijenkorf, a major omnichannel retailer from the Netherlands, might be looking for further expansion across Europe. The retailer has posted job offers, in which it’s looking for native French speakers.
Girav, a Dutch startup specialized in extra long T-shirts for men, is going abroad. The ecommerce company has opened an online store in Germany.
Bol.com, the biggest online store in the Netherlands, is opening its platform for external vendors that sell men’s and women’s clothing. The move follows one week after Amazon announced it will open its platform in the Netherlands for third party sellers.
Charlie Temple, an optical online retailer from the Netherlands, has expanded to Belgium and Austria. For the fast-growing ecommerce scale-up in prescription glasses these are the second and third new market, after it also expanded to Germany last year.
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Last update: March 2019