Swedish furniture and hardware store Clas Ohlson is changing its business model. The retailer becomes online only in the United Kingdom and Germany and thus shuts down all its physical stores. Well, not all, as the store in Reading will remain open.
The new startup Panda.black wants to make way for German retailers and manufacturers in China. The president of ecommerce association Bundesverband Onlinehandel is behind this platform that wants to build a digital bridge between German dealers and the Chinese ecommerce market.
Fiverr.com has launched in Germany. The online marketplace for creative and digital services now has a localized website with country-specific functions for Germans. This launch marks the first European branch of the Israeli tech company.
The Bundeskartellamt, whose task it is to protect competition in Germany, will examine how Amazon operates in Germany. The main concern is that Amazon is an online retailer itself, but it also has opened its German marketplace for external vendors. Is Amazon abusing its market position?
Klarna has launched its own financing program for SME retailers in Europe. The new initiative is called Boost and is aimed to further support retailers in accelerating their growth. The company promises the application process will be simple and straightforward.
German startup Lesara has filed for insolvency at its headquarters in Berlin. For many, this comes as a surprise, as the online store grew very fast and just opened a new logistics center. Also, the fashion and lifestyle retailer raised tens of millions of euros in funding over the last five years.
Ten leading global online grocery markets are predicted to generate combined sales of almost 200 billion euros, at an annual rate of 20 percent, by 2023. And four of them are from Europe. The United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain are predicted to have the highest online grocery market sizes in Europe.
Galaxus, a major online department store form Switzerland, has launched in Germany. Galaxus Deutschland will start as an electronics retailer, but in the next few months, it will become a wide-range online store. In the medium term, Galaxus even wants to be one of the top 5 ecommerce players in Germany.
Superwinkel.nl, an online department store from the Netherlands, has expanded to Germany. Last month, the ecommerce company opened the digital doors of Supershop.de. This is not the first time the retailer sells in Germany, as it has been selling products through Amazon Germany since October 2017.
The very first multi-label parcel shop of Germany has opened its doors in the city of Hamburg. DPD, Hermes, GLS and UPS are united in a parcel shop where customers can pick up or drop off packages from any of these logistics companies.
eBay has launched two new services in Germany to help retailers selling their products online: eBay Fulfilment and eBay Shipping. With the fulfilment program and logistics solutions, eBay sellers are now in the position to offer next day delivery.
Ecommerce software provider Intershop introduced its commerce-as-a-service solution in February of this year. This software solution is an important strategical milestone in the company’s cloud-first strategy. Ecommerce News Europe interviewed Sales Director EMEA Gerrit Enthoven about the current state of affairs.
Although ecommerce in Germany continued to increase last year, the growth is increasingly shifting to the top online retailers. Smaller online stores in Germany can hardly grow anymore.
Payments companies Klarna and Mollie will work together more intensively in Europe. As of today, the payment solutions from Klarna will be available as standard for the more than 55,000 customers Mollie has in Europe.
Ten years ago, Mister Spex disrupted the traditional optics industry by launching an online platform. Now, with over three million customers and, on average, 15,000 orders per day, the company has become the most successful online optician in Europe. Ecommerce News Europe interviewed Carsten Hennig, head of international at Mister Spex.