Spring has come and it’s slowly getting warmer outside. So, why don’t go out and visit an ecommerce event, somewhere in Europe? In case you want to, we’ve made a handy overview for you, so you know when and where an ecommerce event takes place this month in Europe.
French postal service company La Poste has launched Colissimo Pass, a subscription service which offers customers unlimited free delivery. Currently, the subscription service costs 9 euros per year. In return, customers enjoy unlimited delivery and zero shipping costs on partner websites.
When it comes to online shopping, consumers from Latvia and Lithuania emphasize the superior pricing policies compared to prices in physical stores. The number one issue for online shoppers in both Eastern European countries seems to be a long delivery time.
GLS Germany has announced it will now offer faster parcel shipping via its PaketShops. The delivery time has been reduced to one or two business days for parcels that go to Austria or the Benelux region. Parcels to most other neighboring countries will take about 48 hours.
Amazon will launch Amazon Prime Now grocery deliveries in France this year. Thanks to a partnership with French retailer Monoprix, a subsidiary of Casino Group, Prime Now customers will be able to order groceries sourced by Monoprix through the Prime Now app and website.
LateBird is a German invention that could be a serious competitor to Amazon Go, the checkout-free grocery store of Amazon. LateBird describes itself as an “autonomous digital 4.0 food shopping system”, but maybe it can be better described as a portable container module that houses hundreds of products groups, like frozen goods, drinks, fruits and vegetables.
Ecommerce in the Netherlands was worth 22.5 billion euros last year and could be worth almost 25 billion euros at the end of this year. This would mean an increase of almost 11 percent. This growth rate is somewhat lower than in 2017, when the Dutch ecommerce turnover increased by 13 percent.
Carrefour Spain has plans to launch an online marketplace. The idea is that this marketplace will be connected to the company’s hypermarkets throughout the country, so customers can pick between over 2 million products instead of 100,000.
C&A, a leading fashion retailer in Europe, it boosting its focus on the ecommerce business. The company has launched a new EU shop, which has led to the fact this retailer now also delivers to customers in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden.
Palletways Italia, which distributes palletized goods, has entered the ecommerce market in Italy. This is the result of a partnership with White Horse Energy, a UK company that has entered the Italian market with its online sales of dried firewood and pellets.