Ecommerce in The Netherlands

Information about ecommerce in the NetherlandsThe 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 €24.95 billion (2018) (predicted)
Online stores worth mentioning:, Wehkamp, Coolblue


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. 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.

Online payment methods in the Netherlands (2017)

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%).

There are over 13,9 million online shoppers in the Netherlands. That’s 84 percent of all internet users in this country. Over half of internet users who bought a product online in the fourth quarter of 2017, made this purchase through a laptop/PC. Other popular devices are desktop (33 percent), smartphone (28 percent) and tablet (24 percent).

The ecommerce market in the Netherlands

The Dutch ecommerce industry was worth 16.1 billion euros in 2015. in 2014. According to the Ecommerce Foundation, the industry was expected to increase by 12.1 percent to reach 18 billion euros in 2016. Based on the Central Agency for Statistics, online sales in the Netherlands account for about 11% of total retail sales.

Big online stores in the Netherlands

The biggest online stores in the Netherlands are, (the biggest in 2018), Zalando, Coolblue, H&M, Hema and 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 and, 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

Takeaway acquires Delivery Hero and Foodora in Germany

Dutch food delivery group has acquired the businesses of Delivery Hero in Germany. The acquisition comprises the Lieferheld, and Foodora brands in Germany and is in return for cash and a equity stake in

The Netherlands rank first on UN’s ecommerce index

The Netherlands are the new number one on the annual B2C E-commerce Index from UN conference UNCTAD. The Dutch have surpassed Luxembourg, which now finds itself on a 19th position. The top three is completed by Singapore and Switzerland.

Klarna launches financing program Boost

Klarna has launched its own financing program for SME retailers in Europe. The new initiative is called Boost and is aimed to further support retailers in accelerating their growth. The company promises the application process will be simple and straightforward.

Third party sellers make up 40% of’s sales, the major Dutch online retailer, is transforming into a marketplace for third party sellers. Nowadays, there are over 20,000 sellers active on the platform and they account for about 40 percent of the company’s sales.

Klarna and Mollie will partner in Europe

Payments companies Klarna and Mollie will work together more intensively in Europe. As of today, the payment solutions from Klarna will be available as standard for the more than 55,000 customers Mollie has in Europe.

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Last update: March 2018