Online shoppers in the United Kingdom make 87 percent of their retail purchases (grocery shopping not included) online. That’s an increase of almost 9 percent compared to the situation last year, when 80 percent of retail purchases was conducted online.
Inditex will be focusing even more on ecommerce during the next few years. All of its brands, which include Zara, Pull&Bear and Stradivarius, will be available to buy online anywhere in the world by 2020. That’s what chairman and CEO Pablo Isla announced earlier this week.
Asendia, a joint venture of La Poste and Swiss Post, and Irish postal operator An Post have formed a partnership to help cross-border retailers exploit ecommerce in Ireland. The partnership lets Asendia offer retailers access to the last mile delivery of An Post, from the 15 countries where Asendia operates.
PostNord and Zalando have signed a three year logistics contract, thereby extending the partnership that started when Zalando entered the Nordic market eight years ago. Until mid-2021, PostNord will be the sole supplier of logistics solutions to Zalando in all of PostNord’s four markets in the Nordic region.
The Otto Group is looking for a strategic partner for essential parts of its parcel delivery service Hermes. The German retail group is even ready to sell a majority stake in Hermes. And that might be interesting for major ecommerce companies such as Amazon and Alibaba, looking to gain a foothold in the European ecommerce market.
Ecommerce accounted for a third of the total value of technical consumer goods sold globally to consumers, but in Europe the online share is much lower. In 18 countries across Europe, the average online share is currently at 25 percent.
Swiss Post will get some serious competition in the booming parcel delivery market in Switzerland. DHL, the subsidiary of Deutsch Post, will build a network of 1,000 pick-up points in the Central-European country. The goal is to become the number two in Switzerland, just after Swiss Post.
German fashion retailer Edited keeps on expanding. The retail company has opened its latest online store in Belgium. The launch follows just one month after the German company opened its digital doors in the Netherlands.
Summer is almost over. Too bad! But this also means there are more ecommerce events you can visit again! 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.
The European Retail Alliance has officially launched, three months after it was announced that European ecommerce companies MediaMarktSaturn and Fnac Darty wanted to form an alliance. European Retail Alliance is said to be Europe’s answer to ecommerce giants such as Amazon and Alibaba.
The Netherlands has the most online stores per capita. In this country, there are about 80,000 online stores with a population of 17 million. That means there are 214 people per online store, a density that’s nowhere to be found anywhere else in the world. In the Netherlands, online shops have to fight hard for every visitor.
There are easily over one million fraudulent online stores in Germany. And more than 4.4 German consumers have become victims of this online fraud. Criminals manage to steal consumers’ money mostly by setting up online popup stores.
Cross-Border Commerce Europe is a new initiative from Carine Moitier, who co-founded Belgian ecommerce association BeCommerce in 2005. With this online platform, she wants to help international retailers to perform better on the European ecommerce market.
Consumers in Germany are increasingly buying furniture online. The share of online shopping has now reached around 14 percent. And it’s mostly single households and consumers under the age of 30 that tend to buy their furniture online instead of in physical stores.
Ecommerce in Sweden has increased just slightly during last year and was worth 14.5 billion euros at the end of 2017. After an increase of 4.1 percent, the B2C ecommerce turnover of Sweden grew only 400,000 euros compared to the situation in 2016.