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Otto Group sells Sportscheck

Sportscheck

Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof has acquired multichannel retailer Sportscheck from the Otto Group. The Otto Group decided to sell its daughter company, because it thinks this gives Sportscheck the best possible chance of long-term business viability. Continue reading

‘Return fee could avoid 16% of all returns’

Consumers in Germany will order products online with a total value of 70 billion euros this year. But every sixth parcel will be returned. In order to contain this process a bit, a legally required return fee could help, economic researchers say. Continue reading

Amazon Germany customers choose their favorite sellers

Amazon Verkaufspartner Awards

At the start of the Christmas season, Amazon has honored small and medium-sized enterprises with the Amazon Verkaufspartner-Awards (Amazon Selling Partner Awards). Customers of Amazon Germany chose their favorite companies in the categories ‘Partner of the year’, ‘Innovation champion of the year’ and ‘export champion of the year’. Continue reading

‘Ecommerce Germany will rise to €68 billion in 2019’

Growth/increase

Ecommerce in Germany grew 9.1 percent last year and was worth around 63 billion euros. For this year, a further increase of almost 9 percent is expected. This would mean ecommerce in Germany will grow to 68 billion euros at the end of 2019. Continue reading

Rewe expands its package service

German online supermarket Rewe

Customers of German supermarket Rewe can now choose from an even larger selection online to have it delivered with Rewe’s package service. They can order all kinds of private label products, durable foods and non-food items, all with no minimum order value. Continue reading

Ecommeleon announces seed funding

Ecommeleon

Ecommeleon, a German startup aimed at sellers on online marketplaces, has announced a successful seed funding round. The money will be used to support the spin-off of ecommerce service provider InterCultural Elements with its final development and initial market launch. Continue reading

Amazon tests bundled deliveries in Germany

Delivery, Parcel, Package

Amazon is testing its Amazon Day service in Germany. With this service, Prime members can have their orders bundled and shipped on a day of their choice. Amazon Day is meant to save packaging material and countless trips from the courier and to prevent multiple delivery attempts. Continue reading

60% of German retailers don’t want Black Friday

Black Friday

Black Friday is popular in Germany, where numerous online and physical retailers throw around discounts. But many retailers prefer there was no Black Friday at all. Still, they are captured by the attention this holiday keeps attracting. Continue reading

Amazon launches own wine brand

Zonde

Amazon has presented a selection of “simple yet savory” wines, which are presented under its new wine and spirits brand Compass Road. The alcoholic beverages are currently available exclusively at Amazon Germany. Continue reading

Zalando stops picking up returns of Plus members

Zalando Plus in Europe

Two years ago, Zalando introduced its premium service called Zalando Plus. It would offer express delivery within the same day or one or two business days, collection of returns and a seperat hotline for faster customer service. Now, the fashion giant will no longer pick up returns of Plus members at their homes. Continue reading

Heyconnect helps German brands sell on La Redoute

Heyconnect

Platform service provider Heyconnect has started a cooperation with French marketplace La Redoute. Now, Heyconnect can offer German and international brands the opportunity to offer their products on the popular French ecommerce platform for home and fashion. Continue reading

Top 3 ecommerce Germany: €13.92 billion

Ecommerce in Germany

The top 3 of biggest ecommerce companies in Germany had a total revenue of 13.92 billion euros last year. Together, the online sales of Amazon, Otto and Zalando account for 41.4 percent of the country’s top 100 of biggest online retailers. Continue reading

Zara installs parcel machine in Germany

Fashion retailer Zara

Fashion retailer Zara is testing its very first parcel machine in Germany. Customers can click and collect items at the company’s flagship store in Hamburg. The machine has place for 700 parcels, but is only accessible during the store’s opening hours. Continue reading