Deutsche Post DHL Group and Lidl have partnered up to make shopping more convenient. As a result of the partnership, about 500 DHL Packstations will be built at Lidl stores in Germany later this year.
German supermarket chain Edeka has increased its stake in the Dutch online-only supermarket Picnic. The retail company already owned 20 percent of Picnic in Germany, but now Edeka holds a 35 percent share.
Consumers in Europe think security is more important than convenience when it comes to paying online. But in the UK, the difference is quite small. Over half of Brits chose security, while 43 percent selected convenience.
Consumers in Germany receive more packages per year than every other citizen in Europe. Per capita in Germany there are 24 shipments per year. That’s twice as many as in the Netherlands for example.
Rocket Internet might have plans to exit the stock market after five years. Anonymous sources say that CEO and co-founder Oliver Samwer wants the European investor and incubator to act undisturbed as an opportunistic investor again.
About 27 percent of German ecommerce sales are generated on Amazon Germany. This can be calculated after some marketplace sales data from Amazon sellers leaked.
Dutch ecommerce company All4running is expanding to Germany. With the acquisition of German competitor 21Run, All4running is further shaping its ambitions to become an important running specialist in Europe.
Many top retailers in the United Kingdom and Germany have a long way to go when it comes to customer centricity. A lot of major ecommerce companies in these European countries don’t meet the expectation of online shoppers, something which could damage loyalty and revenues.
German fashion start-ups Outfittery and Modomoto are merging. Exact deal terms were not disclosed, but for sure the new company will operate only under the Outfittery brand in the German-speaking countries, the Benelux, Sweden and Denmark.
Shopware has introduced the latest update to its ecommerce software. Shopware 6 is built on a completely new technical basis and is based on a API First approach. With the software, all areas of a shop can be controlled via an API, so various third-party providers can automate processes within Shopware.
Otto Group, one of the world’s largest online retailers, saw its online sales increase to approximately 7.7 billion euros in the 2018/19 financial year. That’s an increase of 4.5 percent compared to the situation one year before.
Zalando wants to make the shipping of its packages even more sustainable. The online fashion platform is planning a pilot for reusable packaging. The customer can return the transport carrier, ie the carton box or the plastic bag, to Zalando so the German ecommerce company can use it again.
Ecommerce in Germany was growing slower than expected last year. Still, it’s especially the fashion shops that are losing sales to online retailers. But German trade association HDE still believes in local purchasing.
Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof is cooperating with online retailers Amazon and Zalando. The German department store giant and Amazon have been partners since 2017, but this partnership is being expanded, while Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof now also adds Zalando as a partner.
German food delivery service Eatclever is expanding its territory. The startup is already active in over 60 cities across Germany and now, for the first time, the company is going overseas. The UK is Eatclever’s second foreign market.