Centra, an ecommerce software provider from Sweden, is ready to conquer the international market. The company, which focuses on online retailers active in the fashion and lifestyle industry, has not made any marketing efforts to date, but is now recruiting marketing, sales and support people to meet the increased demand and to grow internationally.
When you’re talking about Zalando, you can’t ignore their free shipping and return policy. But this unique selling point is about to be less special now. In Italy, Zalando will demand from customers to pay shipping costs if their order value is less than 25 euros.
Although 92 percent of independent traders in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium are visible online, few of them also sell their products online. Recent research shows that 46 percent of retailers not only sell offline, but also online. Retailers that don’t sell online mostly say it’s because of a lack of time or knowledge.
Ten leading global online grocery markets are predicted to generate combined sales of almost 200 billion euros, at an annual rate of 20 percent, by 2023. And four of them are from Europe. The United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain are predicted to have the highest online grocery market sizes in Europe.
Galaxus, a major online department store form Switzerland, has launched in Germany. Galaxus Deutschland will start as an electronics retailer, but in the next few months, it will become a wide-range online store. In the medium term, Galaxus even wants to be one of the top 5 ecommerce players in Germany.
Retailers in the United Kingdom are using artificial intelligence (AI) at a much slower pace than other industries in the country. Over half of UK retailers are still not using machine intelligence, while this share is much lower among financial services companies or manufacturers.
Enterprise Ireland, a government organization aimed to let Irish enterprises grow, has opened a ecommerce fund to accelerate the online offering of retailers in Ireland and to increase their competitiveness. The 1.25 million euros fund opened last Wednesday and will remain open for six weeks.
In Switzerland, online retailers will be competing each other with the highest discounts ealier this year. The last couple of years, big discounts were handed out on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but this year, things are about to change. Several online retailers in Switzerland are now focusing on 11 November: Singles’ Day.
Ecommerce Foundation has acquired the British website Scamadviser, which aims to help online shoppers make a well-informed decision before they buy something online. With the technology behind the website, Ecommerce Foundation wants to further strengthen its global ecommerce trustmark solution.
Aldi has rolled out two-hour delivery for its entire range of groceries to 20,000 postcodes across London. It’s the first time the German grocery discounter enables customers to order groceries online and then get them delivered at their homes.
Consumers the United Kingdom are increasingly turning to foreign retailers when they are shopping online. Currently, over a third of UK shoppers are buying cross-border regularly, with 15 percent making an online purchase overseas at least once a week.
Amazon Marketplace is growing fast worldwide. In one year’s time, there are one million new sellers on the Amazon marketplaces across the globe. Many new sellers are Chinese. In Europe for example, 40 percent of new sellers are based in China.
Superwinkel.nl, an online department store from the Netherlands, has expanded to Germany. Last month, the ecommerce company opened the digital doors of Supershop.de. This is not the first time the retailer sells in Germany, as it has been selling products through Amazon Germany since October 2017.
DPD has opened the first all-electric parcel depot of the United Kingdom. In Westminster in London the logistics company has opened a depot that’s 465 square meters in size and will deliver up to 2,000 parcels a day using the electric vehicles.
The traditional brand website is losing importance among online shoppers in Europe. Only 11 percent of European e-shoppers say they go to a brand’s website first when they are searching for a product. A significant share of online shoppers, 45 percent, turn to Amazon first.