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Several EU shops win World Retail Award

There were several European online shops rewarded with an award at the World Retail Awards 2013 in Paris. Tesco, Debenhams, Migros and Vente-privee.com were among the winners who went home with a prize. Awards were handed in categories like ‘pure play retailer of the year’ and ‘best new retail launch’. Continue reading

Fill out this survey on ecommerce sales bans

Choice in eCommerce has posted online a survey on sales bans in ecommerce. This initiative, founded in April 2013, wants to acts as an intermediary between manufacturers, marketplaces and sellers. With the survey, Choice in eCommerce wants to know how restrictions and bans affect online sellers and consumers. Continue reading

European Commission encourages SME’s to go digital

The European Commission encourages small and medium businesses to go digital, by giving away vouchers worth up to 10.000 euros . These vouchers can be exchanged for things like software training, website development services or learning how to sell through ecommerce. Continue reading

Does Europe have to fear China?

The European ecommerce market is doing well. It’s growing faster than the US market for example. But maybe it doesn’t have to watch out for American competition, but rather keep an eye open for the Chinese ecommerce market. Sales of Alibiba Group are expected to surpass those of the total ecommerce market in the US by year-end! Continue reading

These are the local social networks in Europe

We all know Facebook, Twitter and Google+. But what about the local social networks in Europe, like Hyves, Tuenti or Yonja? Say you want to expand your ecommerce business to Spain, do you know on which social network you can reach the youngsters? We do! Let’s have a look at some popular social networks in Europe. Continue reading

Ecommerce to hit €188bln in Europe this year

Online sales in Europe are expected to grow to 188 billion euros in 2013, from 166 billion in 2012. The United Kingdom, Germany and France would remain the biggest online markets by 2018, while online retail sales on the continent are seen doubling to 323 billion euros that year. Continue reading

Online shopping continues to grow throughout the EU

More than half of European consumers have made at least one online purchase last year. This percentage has almost doubled since 2006. The proportion of European consumers who make cross-border purchases has also grown, it has nearly tripled since 2006 to reach 15% last year. Continue reading

Zalando is certain of making profits

Zalando is only five years old, but the online retailer is already selling more than one billion euros worth of products in Europe. But while the fashion retailer generates big sales, it also have made losses every year since. That will change, Zalando knows for sure. “There’s no question about it”, says CEO Rubin Ritter. Continue reading

United Kingdom most advanced ecommerce country

The United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France and the Netherlands are the world’s most advanced ecommerce countries. That’s what we can conclude after we poked around in the Global Perspective on Retail report by Cushman & Wakefield. Europe is doing very well we might say. Continue reading

BEUC and Ecommerce Europe reject EU contract law

The European Union is planning to introduce a contract law system which governs sales of products. But the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) and Ecommerce Europe are strongly against this law, the Common European Sales Law, aka CESL. Continue reading

Infographic: ecommerce contribution in Europe

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, shared some interesting statistics about the percentage of enterprises’ total turnover that contains ecommerce sales. And it´s not the United Kingdom, France of Germany where the contribution of ecommerce to national business revenues is highest. Now, companies based in the Czech Republic and Luxembourg had the highest share last year. Continue reading

European ecommerce sites are too slow

Many ecommerce sites in Europe are loading too slow. Actually, one in three of Europe’s top ecommerce sites fail to meet the performance demands of online shoppers. And it’s not a unavoidable problem, many websites could speed up a notch by just implementing some standard performance fixes. Continue reading

The most common payment methods in Europe

The most common payment methods in Europe.

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. Continue reading

The UK dominates European E-Commerce Awards

Winners of the European E-commerce Awards 2013 have been announced. Asos, John Lewis and Vestiaire Collective have been rewarded with gold awards at the ceremony that took place on the eve of June the third in Barcelona. Continue reading