Spartoo, one of the leaders in selling footwear and fashion in Europe, has launched its own marketplace. It expands it range with over 1,000 brands and 70,000 models. By intergrating the marketplace of Spartoo, vendor partners can benefit from the customer service and the 14 million visitors per month Spartoo has in 20 European countries.
The online sales of food products in Sweden continues to grow strong. Last year sales increased by 38 percent compared to the previous year. Now more than one in five Swedes has bought groceries online in the past year.
When it comes to online shopping, credit cards still rule the payments landscape in Europe. But alternate payment methods are growing at a fast pace. The latest data shows us again that you can´t see Europe as one region; every country has its own preferred payment methods. Let’s have a look.
Since 2010, the ecommerce industry in Italy is experiencing a double-digit growth every year. This year it will probably grow by 17%, so the ecommerce industry in Italy will be worth 13.2 billion euros. Another thing that’s growing very hard is mobile commerce. In two years it grew from 164 million to 1.2 billion euros.
Big European merchants that sell online across borders in three or more European nations are growing almost twice as fast as the 500 biggest European online stores as a whole. The combined sales of these 27 online merchants that go cross-border totaled 45.74 billion euros, up 29% from 35.42 billion euros in 2012. This outpaces the 17% growth for the Europe 500 as a whole.
Swiss underwear brand Calida is continuing its expansion strategy by opening an online store in Italy. Later this year, its offering will also be extended to France. The Swiss lingerie manufacturer already has online stores in Switzerland, Germany and Liechtenstein.
About 14% of orders that were placed on online stores in the Netherlands during the first three months of 2014 came from foreign customers. This percentage has almost doubled compared to the first quarter of last year, when it was less than 8%. So, the share of foreign orders on Dutch online stores is rising, however it’s still low compared to other European countries.
The ecommerce industry in France has continued to grow during the first quarter of this year, as its total turnover is now 11% more than it was the period before. This growth is being driven by an increasing number of online retailers and buyers, says Fevad. During the first three months of 2014, the amount of online sales reached 13.4 billion euros.
In some European countries there may be some differences between what consumers want and what online retailers think is most important. It seems some consumers want convenience and low shipping costs, while online sellers are focusing on improving the delivery time.
As is common nowadays in almost all developed countries, Polish internet users also don’t limit themselves to a PC when making a purchase online. There is even one in every 25 users who has at least once done some online shopping using their e-book reader! Let’s have a look at the way Polish internet users are shopping online these days.
Klarna Checkout is a new solution from the Swedish invoice payment provider, that enables online retailers to offer their customers all the popular payment methods in one payment solution. Customers only need to provide their e-mail address and postcode to complete a purchase. We tried it out at the Klarna office in Amsterdam.
Yesterday, the 9th edition of the BeCommerce Awards took place and of all 125 online stores that had a chance at winning an award, Vente-Exclusive got the BeCommerce Overall award. So now Vente-Exclusive may call itselves Belgium’s best online store for at least one year. The ecommerce company will also be representing Belgium during the European Ecommerce Awards that will take place on 17 June in Barcelona.
The online market in Switzerland is growing steadily. Online sales have grown by 15.5% in 2012 and 12.1% last year, so it’s now worth 8.36 billion euros. Switzerland has just under 8 million inhabitants, but more than 6 million use the internet and more than 5 million of them are online shoppers.
Email marketing service provider Soundest launched out of private beta in January, but now has crossed the 1000-user milestone. User growth is more than 50% month-on-month, while online stores from more than sixty countries are using the software that’s built solely for ecommerce sites.
Which ecommerce players will win the Entrepreneurial Award, the Omnichannel Award and the Pure Player Award this year? Will it be Zalando, Yoox, Tesco or Nespresso? Soon you’ll find out, because on June the 17th, the awards will be given away. For now, let’s have a look at the nominees.