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Bpost raises €650m for ecommerce transformation

Belgian postal company Bpost

Belgian postal company Bpost has raised 650 million euros. The transaction will serve to refinance the acquisition of Radial Holdings it completed in November of last year. Bpost is more and more becoming a full ecommerce logistics company. Continue reading

Kaufhof and Karstadt form joint venture

Kaufhof and Karstadt

Two major German department store chains, Kaufhof and Karstadt, will form a joint venture after Hudson’s Bay sells half of its European business to Signa Holding. The latter will hold only a little bit more than half of the entity and will manage the operating business. Continue reading

German marketplace DaWanda closes its doors

German DIY-marketplace DaWanda

After twelve years of operating in Germany and other European countries, online marketplace DaWanda will cease all business operations on the 30th of August. The marketplace also came to an agreement with Etsy, so current shop owners can continue selling their handmade products. Continue reading

Ecommerce in Europe was worth €534 billion in 2017

Ecommerce in Europe

Ecommerce in Europe has once again shown some double-digit growth. The total ecommerce turnover in Europe increased by 11 percent last year, making it worth 534 billion euros. For the current year, a growth rate of 13 percent is expected, which would mean ecommerce in Europe will be worth 602 billion euros in 2018. Continue reading

HomyHub delivers parcels in consumers’ garages

HomyHub

The Spanish startup HomyHub has, together with national postal service Correos, developed a service, called Safe Delivery, which allows consumers to receive their packages in the garage, without having to be at home. By using an app, consumers can control, monitor and manage access to their garage. Continue reading

Ecommerce in Hungary was worth €1.65 billion in 2017

Ecommerce in Hungary

For the first time, the ecommerce turnover of Hungary has surpassed the psychological limit of 500 billion Hungarian forints. Ecommerce in Hungary was worth 545 billion forints, or 1.65 billion euros, last year. Continue reading

Most online shops in Germany have a digital magazine

Online corporate magazine

What do 93 percent of the largest online retailers in Germany have in common? They all have a digital corporate magazine. In Germany, 28 of the 30 biggest online stores have at least one company magazine. Only Media Markt and Medion don’t play along. Continue reading

Amazon Business launches in Italy and Spain

Amazon Business

Amazon has expanded its Amazon Business presence in Europe, by launching the B2B ecommerce website in Italy and Spain. The existence of the online platform in these two markets means that Amazon Business is now available in five European countries. Continue reading

Online marketplaces pledge to remove unsafe products

Remove products

Four major online marketplaces that are active in Europe – Alibaba, Amazon, eBay and Rakuten France – have signed the Product Safety Pledge from the European Commission. This commitment means they will remove dangerous and unsafe products from their online marketplaces faster. Continue reading

Takeaway.com acquires Foodarena in Switzerland

Takeaway.com

Online food delivery service Takeaway.com has acquired Foodarena, a similar company from Switzerland, from its main competitor Delivery Hero. The acquisition doesn’t mean Takeaway.com is entering a new market, as the Dutch company was already operating a food delivery service in Switzerland. Continue reading

France wants tax on ecommerce to protect city centers

Ecommerce in city

The Senate in France wants to introduce a tax on ecommerce. More specific, on deliveries from ecommerce companies to online consumers. The upper house of the French parliament wants to do this to protect city centers and smaller businesses across the country. Continue reading

Albert Heijn is testing smart door lock

Albert Heijn

Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn is currently experimenting with a smart door lock, so groceries can be delivered to a customer’s place, even when the customer isn’t at home. The test is part of Albert Heijn Online Labs, which invents and develops new concepts to improve the supermarket’s service. Continue reading