The total value of online sales in Italy has doubled in the last four years. The online retail industry is now worth about 24 billion euros and accounts for 6 percent of the total retail industry in this Southern European country.
Online shoppers from the Netherlands love to shop at ecommerce websites located in China and Germany, but last year there was a strongly increased interest in online shops from France and Spain. Dutch online shoppers spent 84 percent more in France last year than in comparison with 2016.
Swiss retail company Coop will be the total owner of online marketplace Siroop with effect from the first of May. On that day, the major retail and wholesale company will acquire the 50 percent share package of Swisscom. Coop and Swisscom jointly launched Siroop in 2016.
The business-to-consumer ecommerce turnover of Switzerland grew by 8.7 percent last year and was worth 6.25 billion Swiss francs, or 5.27 billion euros. This year, a growth rate of 10 percent is predicted, which would mean ecommerce in Switzerland will be worth just below 7 billion euros.
Austria and China have signed an agreement, which should give Austrian retailers have easier access to the Chinese ecommerce market. Margarete Schramböck, Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs, is currently on a state visit to Beijing, where she negotiated a deal with the Ministry of Commerce of the Government of China.
International IT services company Columbus has launched Columbus eCommerce, a SaaS ecommerce solution for B2B and B2C organizations. Using prebuilt templates, companies can make a new ecommerce website using Columbus’ solution, which integrates with Microsoft Dynamics 365. The software is focused on B2B retailers, but also offers built-in B2C functionality.
Swiss supermarket chain Migros has launched a new social shopping platform, called Amigos. Through this platform, Migros’ customers get connected with people who like to receive packages and earn some money by bringing the products to the original customer.
UK online food delivery service Deliveroo is the fastest-growing company of Europe. Between 2013 and 2016, the company’s revenue increased by 107,117 percent. That’s more than the number two on the list, German heating provider Thermondo, achieved during the same period.
Ecommerce shows to be an increasingly important part of the Otto Group’s business. The company saw its online revenues worldwide increase grow 10.9 percent to 7.8 billion euros. In Germany, the online business of the Otto Group generated revenues of over 5.4 billion euros, an increase of 10.2 percent. Growth drivers are OTTO and About You.
DPD Germany is ‘highly satisfied’ with the results of its pilot project to use electrically assisted transport bikes to deliver parcels to consumers. It started with the test in the northern Bavarian city of Nuremberg one year ago and now wants to launch further deliveries by transport bike in Germany.