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Otto Group’s online revenues increase to €7.8 billion

Otto Group

Ecommerce shows to be an increasingly important part of the Otto Group’s business. The company saw its online revenues worldwide increase grow 10.9 percent to 7.8 billion euros. In Germany, the online business of the Otto Group generated revenues of over 5.4 billion euros, an increase of 10.2 percent. Growth drivers are OTTO and About You. Continue reading

DPD Germany expands bike deliveries to more cities

Electric bike

DPD Germany is ‘highly satisfied’ with the results of its pilot project to use electrically assisted transport bikes to deliver parcels to consumers. It started with the test in the northern Bavarian city of Nuremberg one year ago and now wants to launch further deliveries by transport bike in Germany. Continue reading

GLS offers faster shipping in Europe via PaketShops

GLS

GLS Germany has announced it will now offer faster parcel shipping via its PaketShops. The delivery time has been reduced to one or two business days for parcels that go to Austria or the Benelux region. Parcels to most other neighboring countries will take about 48 hours. Continue reading

LateBird: the German answer to Amazon Go?

LateBird

LateBird is a German invention that could be a serious competitor to Amazon Go, the checkout-free grocery store of Amazon. LateBird describes itself as an “autonomous digital 4.0 food shopping system”, but maybe it can be better described as a portable container module that houses hundreds of products groups, like frozen goods, drinks, fruits and vegetables. Continue reading

Dutch online supermarket Picnic expands to Germany

Dutch online-only supermarket Picnic

Picnic, a Dutch supermarket that only operates online, will expands it business to Germany. The company launched a pilot project in the Dusseldorf region several months ago and it with great success. Now, Picnic has decided that starting next month, it will deliver groceries to all consumers in this pilot area. Continue reading

41% of German shoppers prefer to pay on account

Wallet

When it comes to paying, German consumers are rather conservative when they are shopping online. Four in ten Germans prefer to pay on account. The second most popular payment method is PayPal, favored by almost one in three online shoppers in Germany. Continue reading

These are the best online stores in Germany

Shop-Award 2018

Last Monday, it was time for the Shop-Award 2018, an award show organized by Internet World Business. This event praises the best online stores in Germany and other German-speaking countries. This year’s edition saw ecommerce companies such as About You and Mymuesli go home with the coveted trophies. Continue reading

Intershop sees revenue finally increase

Intershop

Intershop, a European provider of ecommerce software, saw its revenue increase by almost 5 percent to reach 35.8 million euros. It’s the first time in four years that the German company was able to increase its revenue. Meanwhile, earnings before interest and taxes increased from -2.4 million euros in 2016 to 0.4 million last year. Continue reading

Hermes Germany bets on delivery to parcel shops

Hermes Germany

Hermes Germany wants to expand the number of Hermes PaketShops in Germany from 15,000 to 20,000 during the next two years. The logistics company is betting on delivery to parcel shops and is aiming at a situation where a customer can reach the next collection point within five minutes. Continue reading