Online marketplaces such as eBay, Amazon and Etsy are warning connected retailers who are subject to VAT in Germany. They should provide the marketplaces with proof of their VAT registration with a special certificate. The deadline for submission expires on the 1st of October.
H&M may change its business model in the near future. The Swedish fashion giant will experiment with selling external brands and products on both its online platform and in selected stores.
The top 3 of biggest ecommerce companies in Germany had a total revenue of 13.92 billion euros last year. Together, the online sales of Amazon, Otto and Zalando account for 41.4 percent of the country’s top 100 of biggest online retailers.
Supermarket Albert Heijn has entered the top 3 of biggest ecommerce players in the Netherlands. The Ahold-owned company achieved online sales of 565 million euros last year, which is more than Zalando did in the Netherlands. Only Bol.com (also owned by Ahold) and Coolblue had bigger revenues.
Danish ecommerce company Goodiebox is expanding in Europe. The beauty tech startup launched in Austria last week and just went live with pre-launch websites in Finland and Switzerland. Goodiebox will go live in these countries approximately a month from now, while the German website will be launched later this year.
Fashion retailer Zara is testing its very first parcel machine in Germany. Customers can click and collect items at the company’s flagship store in Hamburg. The machine has place for 700 parcels, but is only accessible during the store’s opening hours.
Fashion retailer Chiquelle has launched its augmented reality shopping app. The Swedish company’s latest app enables users to customize their own model and style it with fashion items sold by Chiquelle. Users can also add makeup and different hairstyles to the avatar.
Zalando is launching a pilot with reusable packaging. The test will run for four weeks and is aimed at customers in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. During the pilot, 10,000 customers will receive their orders in reusable shipping bags, so the German fashion company can reduce the packaging waste.
Two out of three retailers in Germany still don’t sell their products online. Mostly, it’s grocers, clothing stores and specialists such as jewelers that don’t sell on the internet.
Ecommerce Europe and EMOTA, the two biggest European ecommerce associations, will join forces. The merger will become fully effective as of 1 January next year, with the two associations continuing under the name ‘Ecommerce Europe’.
Wish has a second distribution center in Europe. The online marketplace has one in Amsterdam. This dc is already in use since the end of last year, but it’s only now that the ecommerce company has revealed it’s running a distribution center in the Netherlands.
Interiors online retailer Amara will launch its online store in Belgium. This would be the tenth country where Amara runs a localized website. The announced launch in Belgium follows after a period of strong European growth.
De Bijenkorf has launched its online shop in Germany. The Dutch omnichannel retailer offers products from around 1,000 well-known and upcoming brands. In the Netherlands, the department store has one of the country’s biggest online stores.
It’s september, the kids go back to school. And for many ecommerce fans, it’s also time to visit interesting ecommerce events again. 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.
Allegro, a popular online shopping platform from Poland, has announced Allegro Lokalnie, or Allegro Locally in English. This is an online platform dedicated to private sellers and buyers looking for items listed by such sellers.