The German hypermarket chain Kaufland has decided to stop its online grocery service in Germany, just one year after it launched the online shopping initiative. There are concerns about the costs of the operation and the lack of potential for future profitability.
Around one out of four companies in Germany, 23 percent to be precise, sold their goods and/or services through a website, mobile app or electronic data interchange (EDI) in 2016. The companies that were active online with an ecommerce website or app, generated 19 percent of their revenue through these sales channels.
Next year, the E-Commerce Berlin Expo will take place for the third time and a new segment is added to this European ecommerce event: the E-Commerce Berlin Awards. This award show will reward the best ecommerce companies in eight different categories.
So far this year, 363.439 new sellers joined Amazon marketplaces in Europe. Among new sellers on all marketplaces that Amazon has worldwide, 36.3 percent registered on Amazon in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France or Spain.
AllyouneedCity, an online shopping platform for local retailers, has launched in Bonn. DHL Parcel launched the online marketplace so local retailers can compete online more effectively. Consumers from Bonn can virtually browse through the affiliated shops, purchase products and then have them delivered to their homes.
42 percent of consumers from France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Sweden have used click & collect in the past twelve months. And one in four Europeans who used click & collect bought another product in-store while they were picking up their online order.
Amazon has announced it will open a research center in Germany that’s focused on developing artificial intelligence to improve the customer experience. Amazon wants to create over a hundred high-skilled jobs in machine learning at this new Amazon Research Center.
Sloggi, the underwear brand from Triumph, is now presenting itself completely independently online and has launched an online shop in Germany, the United Kingdom, Austria and France. By the end of the year, Sloggi also wants to have online stores in seven more countries throughout Europe.
HUK-Coburg, the largest insurer of private households in Germany, will no longer list themselves on online comparison websites. Instead of paying high fees, it would make more sense to give customers more favorable offers, the car insurance company explains.
Shop Apotheke Europe has acquired mail-order pharmacy Europa Apotheek. Through this acquisition, Shop Apotheke wants to strengthen its European market leadership. The combination of prescription-free and prescription drugs is expected to create the largest and fastest-growing integrated online pharmacy of Europe.