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Rakuten closes its marketplace in the UK, Spain and Austria

Rakuten UK, Spain and Austria

Rakuten is closing its marketplace in the United Kingdom in August. The online platform will also cease its operations in Spain and move customers and merchants from the Austrian website to the German website. The Japanese company wants to focus fully on France and Germany, where its websites have the scale and potential for sustainable growth. Continue reading

Supermarket Merkur from Austria opens online store


Supermarket chain Merkur from Austria has announced its plan to launch an online store next month. The ecommerce website will only accept orders from customers in the Vienna area for now. In the online shop of Merkur, customers can buy the full range of the physical stores, which consist of more than 20,000 items. Continue reading

Zalando tests free collection of returns in Vienna

Zalando tests free collection of returns in Vienna

Zalando customers who don’t want to take their returns to the post office, can now have them picked up at their home by a courier service for free. The German online fashion retailer has just started this pilot project in Vienna. Continue reading

Austrian Post achieves growth thanks to parcels

Austrian Post (Österreichische Post)

The Austrian Post has further increased its market share in the parcel business. And again, Österreichische Post happened to grow faster than the market. Last year, the amount of parcels transported through Austria increased by 3.7% to reach a total of 156.8 million parcels. Of this amount, Österreichische Post handled 80 million units. Continue reading

Groupon shuts down in 4 European countries

Groupon shuts down in the Nordic countries

Groupon closed the doors of 4  European websites. After closing its operations in Greece, Turkey and the Nordic countries, the American ecommerce marketplace is now shutting down in Ukraine, Portugal, Switzerland and Austria. Since yesterday, these websites no longer offer customers interesting deals from local retailers. Continue reading

DHL Parcel to open parcel network in Austria

DHL expands to Austria (Österreich)

DHL Parcel had announced plans to expand its service in Europe by opening its own parcel network in Austria by 2016. After the Benelux, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Austria is the latest market that will be entered by the European parcel division that was launched last year by Deutsche Post DHL Group. Continue reading