When you want your online store to succeed in Russia, you surely want it to be shown in search engine results pages. You ought to think Google is your search engine of choice, but when it’s about the Russian market, think again. It’s Yandex that’s the dominant search engine in this country. Check the infographic to see what Yandex can offer you!
Holiday ecommerce sales in Denmark will be around 1.2 billion Danish kroner (160,9 euros). That’s 33% more than the 0.9 billion of Danish kroner the country saw being spent on holiday gifts in 2012. Almost four in ten consumers expect to buy their Christmas gifts online, while 29% said they wouldn’t. These are almost the same percentages as a year before.
A new tool is released which should help online stores be protected against the automated retrieval of prices by competitors. The anti-scraping software BotDefender is developed by France-founded software company Lokad and can be used and implemented for free.
European online retailers aren’t that popular or active on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, when compared to American e-retailers. But it seems that it helps to sell clothes online, as six of the ten most liked online retailers on Facebook in Europe sell primarily apparel.
France is lagging behind in terms of frequency of purchasing and the recruitment of new online buyers. Is that bad news? The fact that less new customers arise doesn’t have to be that bad. But the fact that the frequency of purchasing online is no longer increasing, could have a negative effect on French ecommerce.
Russia has an increasingly wealthy and Internet-savvy population of some 143 million, but ecommerce is not that big at the moment. But that could change very soon, as different international ecommerce gigants like eBay, Alibaba and Asos are expanding their presence.
Zalando is expanding its logistics centre in Mönchengladbach, Germany. Its facility is already 78,000 square meters large, but now 56,000 sqm of expansion space will be developed alongside the current logistics center. When it’s finished (development is due for completion in September 2014), it will be the largest dedicated ecommerce logistics centre in Europe.
Tictail has welcomed Project A Ventures as a strategic partner. The Berlin-based company builder will be involved with the Swedish free-to-use ecommerce platform on a strategic and operational level and will also invest 600,000 euros. Project A’s co-founder Florian Heinemann will be joining Tictail’s advisory board as well.
PKO Banks Polsi and EVO Payments International are forming a long-term strategic alliance. Payment service provider EVO Payments will acquire a 66 percent interest in PKO’s merchant acquiring business eService. The two companies will also establish a 20 year alliance under which both parties will continue to work together to grow further eService’s business within Europe.
Ecommerce is now accounting for almost a fifth of all the non-food items bought by Britain’s shoppers. What’s even more astonishing is the fact that in October more than 30 percent of all sold footwear was being bought online. The internet now also accounts for 24.1 percent of all clothing sales made by stores.