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.
Online optician Mister Spex continues to expand its multichannel approach across Europe and now offers its partner optician program also in Sweden. The Scandinavian country is the fifth market in Europe where customers have access to services as free eye tests and eyewear adjustments through partnering opticians.
Made.com has raised 40 million pounds, a little more than 45 million euros, of equity in its latest round of funding. The furniture retailer wants to use this money to boost its growth and to further expand its online and offline business across Europe.
Picnic, a Dutch supermarket that only operates online, will expands it business to Germany. The company launched a pilot project in the Dusseldorf region several months ago and it with great success. Now, Picnic has decided that starting next month, it will deliver groceries to all consumers in this pilot area.
Fashion retailer Zara has announced plans to roll out an augmented reality experience across 120 stores worldwide. The app can also be used by online shoppers, who will be able to hover their smartphone over a package delivered from the Zara website.
Swiss Post has acquired the Swiss startup Notime, which provides bicycle courier services. The acquisition should help Swiss Post with gaining more ground in the fast-growing market of same-day deliveries and fast, flexible deliveries in urban areas.
Members of the European Parliament have adopted a proposal to make the cross-border parcel delivery market in Europe more transparent and competitive. The European Union will implement new rules, which should lead to lower delivery costs for online consumers.
Issues with stock levels are a major factor that affects the consumer’s decision to shop online. In the United Kingdom, more than half of consumers immediately turn to a competitor if the item they want is out of stock.