Revenues from ecommerce in Luxembourg grew 32% percent in 2013. Online stores in the Western European country sold for about 950 million euros on products and services. The total online sales for this year are expected to reach 1.03 billion euros. That would represent a percentage growth of 8%.
Fonq.nl, an online department store, will be expanding further in Europe. This year it wants to open online stores in The United Kingdom, Austria and Scandinavia. It’s also planning to acquire other online shops to further expand its product line.
Gap, the American clothing retailer, is active in Europe for quite some time. But while it has seen some steady growth in the United States these last couple of years, its presence in Europe is slightly less positive. Revenues here have come down from €516 million in 2010 to €507 million in 2012, despite continued expansion.
Choice in eCommerce has handed over a petition yesterday, which was signed by more than 14,000 online merchants from all over Europe, to Olli Rehn, Vice-President of the European Commission. The petition calls on manufacturers and brand owners to refrain from imposing sales restrictions or prohibitions on online merchants.
ChannelGrabber, the British multichannel stock, order and listing management software, has announced the addition of Fruugo, a cross-border marketplace operating in 23 countries. The planned integration will go live in the first quarter of 2014 and this partnership will enable retailers to sell their goods to shoppers worldwide.
The total online economy of sold goods and services in Western Europe amounted €158.1 billion last year, but is expected to grow to €173.8 billion in 2013, according to new data from Ecommerce Europe, an umbrella organisation for online retailers active in Europe.
Godiva is expanding online by opening an online chocolate confectionery store in the United Kingdom. The luxury Belgian chocolatier has chosen eCommera and its cloud base ecommerce platform DynamicCommerce, which is powered by Demandware. The United Kingdom will be the fourth country where it sells its goods online.
Backcountry has acquired Bergfreunde.de, an European ecommerce site that sells all kinds of outdoor equipment and serves customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The purchase marks the entry of American-based Backcountry into the European market. The company wants to build the first globally scaled outdoor ecommerce business.
It seems the bitcoin is here to stay. More people are getting familiar with the virtual currency and an increasing number of online stores now accept bitcoin as a valid payment method. Here in Europe we’ve noticed this as well, as we’ve seen several online retailers change their websites and online payment options.
It’s going extremely well with the ecommerce industry in Northern Europe. The total online economy of sold goods and services amounted 28.4 billion euros in 2012, but is expected to grow to 31 billion euros at the end of this year.
German auto maker Daimler has started a pilot project so customers are now able to buy some Mercedes-Benz models. The cars can be ordered via Daimler’s own online store and purchases will be executed and handled by Daimler’s Hamburg dealership. Will the car industry ever embrace ecommerce as a selling channel?
When you want your online store to succeed in Russia, you surely want it to be shown in search engine results pages. You ought to think Google is your search engine of choice, but when it’s about the Russian market, think again. It’s Yandex that’s the dominant search engine in this country. Check the infographic to see what Yandex can offer you!
Holiday ecommerce sales in Denmark will be around 1.2 billion Danish kroner (160,9 euros). That’s 33% more than the 0.9 billion of Danish kroner the country saw being spent on holiday gifts in 2012. Almost four in ten consumers expect to buy their Christmas gifts online, while 29% said they wouldn’t. These are almost the same percentages as a year before.
A new tool is released which should help online stores be protected against the automated retrieval of prices by competitors. The anti-scraping software BotDefender is developed by France-founded software company Lokad and can be used and implemented for free.
European online retailers aren’t that popular or active on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, when compared to American e-retailers. But it seems that it helps to sell clothes online, as six of the ten most liked online retailers on Facebook in Europe sell primarily apparel.