Ecommerce in Belgium was worth slightly over 7 billion euros last year. This is an increase of 20 percent compared to the situation one year before, when the Belgian ecommerce was worth 5.8 billion euros.
There were 5 million Dutch consumers who shopped online cross-border last year. That’s a significant increase of 32 percent compared to the situation one year before, when there were 3.8 million cross-border shoppers in the Netherlands. Together, these 5 million people spent about 880 million euros at foreign ecommerce websites.
January is over, so it’s time for a fresh new month with fresh new ecommerce events to visit across Europe! 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.
Swiss ecommerce company Brack.ch has ditched its focus on consumer electronics after a total relaunch of its online shop. Brack.ch has now become an online department store that sells a wide range of products, from electronics and household items to DIY and supermarket goods.
Correos, the national postal service of Spain, is teaming up with ecommerce giant AliExpress and Alibaba’s logistics data platform operator Cainiao Network. The companies want to better support small and medium-sized enterprises in Spain to grow into new markets, such as China.
The Delivery Group announced it has acquired independent postal management provider Onepost. It’s unknown how much the UK postal and ecommerce operator paid for Onepost, but it will bring together two major players in the British mail and ecommerce sector.
Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn has revealed a sneak preview of its latest innovation. The company is working on delivery robots. During this summer, the little robot cars will deliver groceries to customers on the High Tech Campus Eindhoven, home to more than 140 tech companies and institutions.
De Bijenkorf, a high-end department store chain from the Netherlands, will soon open an online store in Germany. The retail company will start with its German ecommerce website somewhere during the summer.
Perfumery chain Douglas wants to further expand its online business by launching an online marketplace. The company won’t stick to perfumes and make-up, it also wants to offer fashion through this platform.
PostNord has started a pilot project to test a completely new infrastructure for the delivery of parcels. Together with the company Swipbox it started an experiment in Kolding in Denmark to deliver parcels to digital parcel boxes that are in close proximity to consumers’ homes.
Packhelp, a startup from Poland that allows users to design their packaging, has raised 8.8 million euros in a Series A round. White Star Capital led the investment, while existing investors participated. With the money, Packhelp wants to boost its growth in Europe.
Fidelity National Information Services, a major financial service technology company from the US, has announced it will acquire Worldpay for over 30 billion euros. It’s the largest deal to date in the quickly growing electronic payments industry.
French supermarket Monoprix, a subsidiary of Casino Group, wants to further expand its partnership with Amazon. The two companies started working together last year, with Amazon delivering groceries in France through its Amazon Prime Now program.
Shop Apotheke is aiming to grow from 540 million euros to over 700 million euros this year. The online pharmacy wants to achieve this without any major acquisitions, but it does want to launch an online marketplace.
BigCommerce has announced the roll out of BigCommerce for B2B. As the name suggests, it’s software suite that’s tailored for business-to-business retailers who want to sell their products online. BigCommerce for B2B is aimed at wholesalers, manufacturers and distributors.