Dutch marketing agency Shop2market expands its international focus, opening an office in London. By adding a UK-based team the company is actively looking across the border, since it also has offices in The Netherlands and France. In the UK, Shop2market has clients such as Made.com, Dune London, Bottica and Cotsworld Outdoor.
Zalando looks back on a successful first half of 2014, as revenues grew by 29,5% to 1 billion euros in the first six months. Revenues in Germany, Austria and Switzerland increased by 21,2% to almost 600 million euros during the same period. The online fashion retailer saw its EBIT margin improve thanks to major cost lines, including cost of sales, fulfillment and marketing.
One in two Spaniards first look online for products before buying them in a physical store. And for 47% of all Spaniards the price is the most important factor for buying things online, as they think products are cheaper online than in-store.
Failing with online delivery comes with a price. For retailers and market place sellers in the United Kingdom this cost add up to almost 1 billion euros this year alone. Failed deliveries are in any case something online retailers would be better off without, but seeing the number of 1 billion euros per year makes you wonder why so much deliveries have to fail in the first place.
Outfittery is expanding its territory in Europe by opening its service in Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and Luxembourg. The personal shopping service is now active in eight European countries, as it has already been launched in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
PayPal’s Pay After Delivery will soon be available in the Netherlands, which makes it the third country after the United States and Spain to offer this service to its customers. With Pay After Delivery customers get 14 days for their item to be delivered before they pay for their purchase.
eMAG, the largest online retailer in Romania, and local supermarket chain Mega Image have joined forces by launching an online supermarket. Romanian customers can order food, home care and personal care products that are also available in the traditional supermarkets from Mega Image.
One of the United Kingdom’s leading ecommerce events, eCommerce Expo, returns to Olympia London on 1 and 2 October. Again thousands of industry professionals get the opportunity to stay up-to-date with the latest technology and innovations in every area of the ecommerce process. And of course, the eCommerce Awards for Excellence will also return this year.
Online payment solutions provider Klarna recently hired its first employee in America and is hoping to launch in the USA early next year, sources told the New York Times. The ambitious move comes after Klarna became available to British shoppers two months ago. Once started in its home country Sweden, Klarna is slowly moving towards global expansion.
Swedish fashion retailer H&M has opened the doors of its online store in Spain, although it’s somewhat later than expected. First, plans were to launch the H&M online store in June, but eventually it had to be delayed until August. Another interesting thing is orders can be placed by all Spaniards, except those who live on the Canary Islands.