Alipay, the fintech company owned by Alibaba, has obtained an electronic money license in Luxembourg. With this license, Alipay can serve the European market. The Asian payments company is already present with a licensed entity in London, but it can now serve customers across Europe.
Shoppers from the United Kingdom are planning to spend 25 billion pounds, or 28.3 billion euros, using their smartphones this year. That’s an increase of about 66 percent compared to the situation in 2018.
E-Fresh, a fast-growing online grocery retailer from Greece, has had a successful year. The digital supermarket yesterday announced that its sales have increased by 93 percent last year. The company also secured a 88 percent repeat customer rate, while the number of customers grew 94 percent.
Dutch online retailer Bol.com is expanding its network of pick-up points in Belgium. The Ahold Delhaize-owned company will open locations in the supermarkets of Delhaize in Flanders. Consumers in Belgium already had the option to pick up their Bol.com orders at the supermarkets of Albert Heijn.
Customers in Germany are insufficiently informed about the price of a product when they buy something using an Amazon Dash button. And this is in violation of the law, the Higher Regional Court of Munich revealed.
Online retailer Otto says it’s the first ecommerce company in Germany that enables instant payments for its customers. Thanks to a cooperation with Hanseatic Bank, Otto claims it’s able to offer a better service, like faster delivery, now customers can transfer money instantly.
Correos, the national postal service of Spain, has distributed more than 106 million packages in 2018. This represents an increase of 61 percent compared to the total amount of packages it managed during the year before.
Micolet, the second-hand fashion marketplace from Spain, is expanding in Europe again. The company is busy making the sales process available to customers in Germany. Right now, only customers in Spain can sell their fashion items through Micolet.
One in eight online purchases in Germany is sent back to the online retailer. Currently, 12 percent of products ordered online won’t stay with the customer. Two years ago, this share was still at 10 percent.
January isn’t a very busy month when it comes to visiting some interesting ecommerce events in Europe. Still, the events you can visit in January, are very interesting. So, as always, we’ve made a handy overview for you, so you know when and where an ecommerce event takes place this month in Europe.
The Ecommerce News staff is enjoying the holidays in the presence of their family and friends. So, there are no posts for the coming days. But please, enjoy these beautiful, funny and touching Christmas ads, from retailers such as John Lewis, Amazon and Asda.
Dutch food delivery group Takeaway.com has acquired the businesses of Delivery Hero in Germany. The acquisition comprises the Lieferheld, Pizza.de and Foodora brands in Germany and is in return for cash and a equity stake in Takeaway.com.
Things don’t look so swell for ecommerce in the United Kingdom. The online retail industry has suffered the worst November growth since 2011. Last month, sales increased with just 8.1 percent year-on-year.
The European Commission has given fashion retailer Guess a fine worth almost 40 million euros (39,821,000 to be precise). The US company got the fine for restricting retailers from online advertising and selling cross-border to consumers in other EU countries. This is called geo-blocking and in breach of European competition rules.
DHL has plans to concentrate more on ecommerce in Turkey. The German logistics player considers Turkey as an important regional hub which could fuel growth in the Middle Eastern and European markets. DHL is setting up an operations center at Istanbul Airport as first step of this plan.