Trusted Shops, an European trustmark for online shops with buyer protection, has expanded its services to Italy and the Netherlands. An expansion to Belgium is planned to go live at the end of this month. In the Netherlands it will face serious competition with Thuiswinkel.org, who is also one of the founders of Ecommerce Europe. And that organization also wants to have a pan-European trustmark for consumers. Is this a first sign of the start of a battle for the trust of the European shop owner?
The European Union is planning to introduce a contract law system which governs sales of products. But the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) and Ecommerce Europe are strongly against this law, the Common European Sales Law, aka CESL.
Otto Group, one of Europe’s biggest online retailers, wants to fully acquire the ecommerce assets of Groupe 3SI, a huge online retail company in France. Otto already owns a 51% stake in the company since 1981, but now wants the whole ecommerce deal.
A new ecommerce platform called To The Tops has launched in the United Kingdom, France and Scandinavia. Its goal is to get as successful as other celebrity curated ecommerce platforms like BeachMint. Retired soccer player Patrick Vieira and singer Kimberly Wyatt are some of the names lending their support.
Ecommerce sites in France are hiring more people than the year before and the number of ecommerce jobs is expected to continue to grow in 2013. And that’s pretty good news, considering the fact the French economy is officially in recession. While unemployment in the Western-European country is rising, the ecommerce industry continues to be one of the few sectors that created jobs.
The frequency of purchases made online in Denmark was down in the first quarter of this year. The amount of shoppers that bought five times or more in Q1 2013 has dropped by almost half, compared with the same period a year earlier.
Rad, which is a French dicovery platform for fashion, art and design products, has raised 2,5 million euros in funding. They received this amount of money in a Series A investment round led by Index Ventures. With the investment Rad likes to expand its site to the United Kingdom and Germany.
E-Commerce Polska has joined Ecommerce Europe. The newly founded ecommerce association in Poland thinks joining the European organization is an important step. “Working together with leading branch organizations all across Europe will enable us to expand our knowledge of important market trends and increase our influence on developments in legislation”, so says Grzegorz Wójcik, organizer of the Polish initiative.
Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, shared some interesting statistics about the percentage of enterprises’ total turnover that contains ecommerce sales. And it´s not the United Kingdom, France of Germany where the contribution of ecommerce to national business revenues is highest. Now, companies based in the Czech Republic and Luxembourg had the highest share last year.
Fab.com will open an office in The Netherlands this fall. The design ecommerce company is planning to open their administrative and logistics office in Eindhoven, a city known as the capital of Dutch industrial design. 450 jobs are about to be created in this region.