2013 proved to be a very good year for the ecommerce industry in Belgium. The Western European country has caught up with its neighbor countries and the forecasts for 2014 are also very positive. Online sales in Belgium grew 25,66% to reach 1.91 billion euros last year.
Below you’ll find all the articles we’ve written about Belgian ecommerce, online retailers, acquisitions, cross-border initiatives and more. If you want to know more about the Belgian online retail industry, check out our information page on ecommerce in Belgium.
CDON has announced the local version of Nelly.com in Belgium. The online fashion store was already active in the Northern European country, but that was only through an EU-site in English. Now Belgian consumers are served through a dual language site which is adapted for the local market.
The total online economy of sold goods and services in Western Europe amounted €158.1 billion last year, but is expected to grow to €173.8 billion in 2013, according to new data from Ecommerce Europe, an umbrella organisation for online retailers active in Europe.
Godiva is expanding online by opening an online chocolate confectionery store in the United Kingdom. The luxury Belgian chocolatier has chosen eCommera and its cloud base ecommerce platform DynamicCommerce, which is powered by Demandware. The United Kingdom will be the fourth country where it sells its goods online.
Nearly two in three online stores that are based in Belgium were in violation, one way or another. Although the situation has improved when compared to 2011, it’s still a pretty significant figure. The results are from the annual report of the FPS Economy, a federal public service of Belgium.
Etsy has rolled out its payments platform called Direct Checkout to sellers in 12 European countries, like the United Kingdom, France and Germany. Also sellers from Australia, Canada and New Zealand are now able to offer more checkout options for buyers.
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?
Media Markt will open its online store in Belgium next week. The electronics product chain will also open ten more brick-and-mortar stores in the European country, while many existing stores will get an upgrade. In total, Media Markt expects to invest some 30 million euro on this operation.
More and more Belgians buy their stuff online. Especially clothes and shoes appear to be very popular products in Belgium to order via the internet. Also, more elder people bought online and for someone to decide if he wants to buy online, product prices are a key factor.
Here in Europe it´s not all about credit cards. There are actually many, many different online payment methods. Let´s have a look at what customers in certain European regions and countries tend to use if they order goods online. You´ll notice common names like Paypal, but also some very local ones, like Dankort.
The multiple comparison engines of Dutch company Compare Group will get a new design and along with it some new features. The Dutch, Belgium, Finnish and French websites will soon show customers how reliable a web shop really is in terms of delivering orders on time.