A double digit growth rate above 10% in B2C ecommerce sales in Western Europe is expected for 2013. Total ecommerce sales in this region are expected to reach over 300 billion euros by 2016, as cross border shopping continues to gain popularity among European consumers.
Nowadays it is commonplace to buy books, music, clothes or electronics online. Buying groceries online isn’t. But that’s about to change in Europe as several supermarkets are starting to embrace ‘online’ as a sales channel. In particular, France is trying to capitalise on the trend. About 20 percent of the population is already using drive-through collection for grocies ordered online.
Dixons is to sell its French ecommerce business Pixmania, while also getting freed of its loss-making Turkish company ElectroWorld. Four months ago Dixons said it would like to sell Pixmana and if that proved impossible closure of the operation was an option. By selling Pixmania and Electroworld Dixons can now focus on markets where they have leading positions.
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.
Otto Group, one of Europe’s biggest online retailers, wants to fully acquire the ecommerce assets of Groupe 3SI, a huge online retail company in France. Otto already owns a 51% stake in the company since 1981, but now wants the whole ecommerce deal.
A new ecommerce platform called To The Tops has launched in the United Kingdom, France and Scandinavia. Its goal is to get as successful as other celebrity curated ecommerce platforms like BeachMint. Retired soccer player Patrick Vieira and singer Kimberly Wyatt are some of the names lending their support.
Ecommerce sites in France are hiring more people than the year before and the number of ecommerce jobs is expected to continue to grow in 2013. And that’s pretty good news, considering the fact the French economy is officially in recession. While unemployment in the Western-European country is rising, the ecommerce industry continues to be one of the few sectors that created jobs.
Rad, which is a French dicovery platform for fashion, art and design products, has raised 2,5 million euros in funding. They received this amount of money in a Series A investment round led by Index Ventures. With the investment Rad likes to expand its site to the United Kingdom and Germany.
Sarenza sold their 7 millionth item. The French online shoe store achieved this milestone after eight years of existence. More notable is the fact it already sold 1 million items in the last four months. Sarenza wants to grow even further by launching a mobile online store.
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.
French ecommerce company MenInvest has acquired the London-based online retailer Oki-ini for an undisclosed amount. Two of Oki-Ni’s co-founders will join the company’s board as shareholders and will advisor the Group. The acquisition is all part of MenInvest’s plan to reach €100 million in revenue by 2016.
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.
The French payment solution company Ingenico is buying online payment service provider Ogone for €360 million ($488.56 million). Ingenico called the acquisition “a key milestone” in its strategy to become a one-stop-shop provider of multi-channel payment solutions, whether it’s at the POS, online or through mobile devices.