French lower house approves ‘anti-Amazon’ bill

A bill to forbid internet booksellers from offering free delivery has been approved by the lower house in France. Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti accused Amazon ‘dumping’ in order to destroy French competition. Once its competition was out of the way, Amazon would raise its delivery prices, says the minister. Amazon thinks the bill is “discrimination against online consumers”. Continue reading

Russia: ecommerce market brimming with potential

Russia is a remarkable country within Europe. It extends accross the entirety of northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe, thereby being a transcontinental country. In terms of ecommerce and other online services, Russia also differs from the most European countries. Let’s have a look at ecommerce in Russia with an interesting infographic. Continue reading

Eastern Europe grows faster than Western Europe

Annual growth of ecommerce sales in Eastern Europe outpaced that of Western Europe by 13 percentage points in 2012. For this current year a double digit growth above 20% is expected, although this growth is likely to decrease by 2017. But although Eastern Europe grows faster than Western Europe, the latter is still the one accounting for most of ecommerce sales in the whole of Europe. Continue reading

These 5 EU countries are most ecommerce-ready

When does a country have a lot of ecommerce potential? Is it about population size, income per capita or the amount of money online spent? It’s all of these and a lot more variables that characterizes a ecommerce market primed for growth. Forrester compared 55 countries, and of the 10 most ecommerce-ready markets, there are 5 European countries: UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. Continue reading

Ecommerce sales in the Netherlands are up by 8%

Ecommerce sales in the Netherlands grew to 5 billion Euros in the first six months of 2013, a growth of 8% compared to the same period one year ago. Although the growth flattens slightly when you compare it with previous years, it´s still a good ecommerce year for the Dutch. Especially when you take into consideration the country is still in a recession and consumers now aren’t that eager to spend money. Continue reading

Ecommerce in Spain is quite outward-bound

The ecommerce industry in Spain achieved a total value of 2.8 billion Euros during the first quarter of this year. It’s remarkable that 43.2 per cent of transactions are cross-border online purchases and only 40 per cent of the total volume relates to purchases from Spanish local sites. Continue reading