Zalando is expanding its logistics centre in Mönchengladbach, Germany. Its facility is already 78,000 square meters large, but now 56,000 sqm of expansion space will be developed alongside the current logistics center. When it’s finished (development is due for completion in September 2014), it will be the largest dedicated ecommerce logistics centre in Europe.
Tictail has welcomed Project A Ventures as a strategic partner. The Berlin-based company builder will be involved with the Swedish free-to-use ecommerce platform on a strategic and operational level and will also invest 600,000 euros. Project A’s co-founder Florian Heinemann will be joining Tictail’s advisory board as well.
PKO Banks Polsi and EVO Payments International are forming a long-term strategic alliance. Payment service provider EVO Payments will acquire a 66 percent interest in PKO’s merchant acquiring business eService. The two companies will also establish a 20 year alliance under which both parties will continue to work together to grow further eService’s business within Europe.
Ecommerce is now accounting for almost a fifth of all the non-food items bought by Britain’s shoppers. What’s even more astonishing is the fact that in October more than 30 percent of all sold footwear was being bought online. The internet now also accounts for 24.1 percent of all clothing sales made by stores.
Slightly more than 12 percent of the total online sales during the holiday season in Europe will come from mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. That’s an increase of 68 percent compared to the same period a year ago. The growth in Europe is bigger than the mobile holiday sales growth in the United States.
What a customer wants to buy shouldn’t be dictated by where he lives. That’s what Nick Robertson, CEO and co-founder at Asos, told the audience at WWD Ceo Summit. He also thinks the high street is no longer the sole arbiter of fashion where choice is limited. “The high street’s presence is being democratized. Twentysomethings have better things to do than go to the high street.”
Although the retail industry in the United Kingdom is suffering, as more and more empty retail units arise, Amazon is not primarily to blame for this trend. At least, that’s the opinion of Amazon’s UK managing director Christopher North. “We are still a pretty small part of the total retail environment in the UK.”
The number of internet searches for UK retailers has increased, mostly thanks to Russian and Dutch consumers. According to research from the British Retail Consortium, in co-operation with Google, the number of overseas consumers searching for UK retailers grew with 23 percent in 2013’s third quarter. Total retail search volumes grew 12 percent in the third quarter of 2013, compared with the same period one year earlier.
The mobile retail audience in Europe grew by 43 percent over the past year, with 20 percent of smartphone users visiting online retail sites and apps using their mobile phone. Also 1 in 7 smartphone users from the five leading European markets (the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain)have completed a retail transaction on their phone in a month.
Nearly 60% of all internet users in Europe had shopped online last year. The highest shares of online shoppers can be found in the United Kingdom (82% of internet users), Denmark and Sweden (both 79%) and Germany (77%). The lowest shares were registered in Romania (11%) and Bulgaria (17%).
The German internet industry is still going strong. Annual growth of over 11 percent for 2012 to 2016 is expected, which is quite similar to previous years. Revenues will rise to 87 billion euroes by 2016, which is an increase of 71% within only 5 years. And it’s primarily due to the revenue from ecommerce and online advertising.
Yandex, the most popular search engine in Russia, is now offering online stores a new model for listing their products on product search service Yandex.Market. The search engine currently gets a few cents every time a customer clicks on a link to a retailer’s website, but with the new model it will get 1% of the value of any transaction.
There were several European online shops rewarded with an award at the World Retail Awards 2013 in Paris. Tesco, Debenhams, Migros and Vente-privee.com were among the winners who went home with a prize. Awards were handed in categories like ‘pure play retailer of the year’ and ‘best new retail launch’.
Choice in eCommerce has posted online a survey on sales bans in ecommerce. This initiative, founded in April 2013, wants to acts as an intermediary between manufacturers, marketplaces and sellers. With the survey, Choice in eCommerce wants to know how restrictions and bans affect online sellers and consumers.
The European Commission encourages small and medium businesses to go digital, by giving away vouchers worth up to 10.000 euros . These vouchers can be exchanged for things like software training, website development services or learning how to sell through ecommerce.