Croatia has a little problem. It seems domestic online retailers aren’t as popular as retailers from abroad: three quarters of of Croatian online buyers shop in foreign web shops. It’s not that consumers don’t have faith in local retailers, as 83% of Croatians trust such stores. It may have to do more with the lack of marketing and a limited online product range.
Foodpanda seems to be very hungry! After acquiring businesses in India and Mexico recently, it now takes over three food delivery startups in Central Eastern Europe. The online food ordering marketplace has acquired Donesi.com, Pauza.hr and Netpincer.hr. It’s targeting market leadership across Central Eastern Europe.
With regards to the financial crisis, Southern Europe is still one of the most damaged regions in Europe. But maybe the ecommerce industry can change this, little by little. It’s estimated that online sales in this region will reach 47.8 billion euros at the end of this year, while this part of Europe also has shown an average annual growth rate of 22% since 2010.
It may not have been all moonlight and roses for Southern Europe with the financial crises countries like Spain, Italy and Greece had to face, but in terms of ecommerce this European region is doing well. It’s expected that the total online economy of sold goods and service in Southern Europe in 2013 amounted to 39,5 billion euros.