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German ecommerce grows 42% to €39bn

The German ecommerce industry grew 42% last year, so that it now is worth 39,1 billion euros. For the upcoming year a growth of about 25% is expected. Clothing is by far the most important product category in German ecommerce and women are a major source of revenue online. Continue reading

Volvo’s Roam Delivery service turns car into dropbox

Volvo has showed off its Roam Delivery service, which turns cars into grocery dropboxes. The Swedish manufacturing company calls this groundbreaking and claims it’s the world’s first delivery service for bringing food and other items to the car. Continue reading

Rakuten opens its first European R&D center in Paris

Rakuten is opening a Rakuten Institute of Technology in Paris, which will be the first of its kind in Europe. It already has such R&D centers in Tokyo and New York. The office in Paris will start with five employees and its goal is to ‘fuel the growth of ecommerce around the world’. Continue reading

European consumers want both stores and ecommerce

European consumers are asking more and more for interdependence between offline stores and the internet. And for the first time in five years Europeans feel that their personal situation is improving. And because curbs to online buying have gradually been removed, ecommerce in Europe is still rising sharply. Continue reading

Number of online stores in the Netherlands recounted

One of the statistics you can use when you talk about a country’s ecommerce situation, is the number of online stores. But it is also something that’s hard to know for sure. We took it upon ourselves to recount the number of online stores in The Netherlands. And guess what? There seems to be much more than one might think! Continue reading

Polish ecommerce to exceed €7 billion this year

The ecommerce industry in Poland will probably be worth more than 30 billion Polish zloty, ie 7.17 billion euros, this year. At the moment its total sales are at about 25 billion Polish zloty, or 5.9 billion euros. The local ecommerce market is growing rapidly and it’s unlike to slow down this year. Continue reading

Dutch ecommerce fair sets new visitor record

All over Europe there are many different ecommerce events. But every year the ‘Webwinkel Vakdagen’ is one of the first to be held and it’s also one of the largest ecommerce events on this continent. With 10,526 visitors during the most recent edition, the event achieved a new visitor record. Is this a sign that ecommerce is still growing in the Netherlands? Continue reading

Eastern European ecommerce to grow to €19,3bn

The ecommerce market of Eastern Europe may be the smallest of the four European regions, it has seen in fact the biggest growth in terms of percentage. Because with an average growth rate of 35.7% over the year 2012, this ecommerce market was the strongest growing region in Europe that year. Continue reading

Food retailer ICA Sweden goes ecommerce

ICA Sweden is making advanced plans opening an online store later this year. The idea is to give franchisees the opportunity to run their own local online ICA store, while ICA Sweden itself will start an centralized online store. “We think now the time is right.” Continue reading