Nowadays it is commonplace to buy books, music, clothes or electronics online. Buying groceries online isn’t. But that’s about to change in Europe as several supermarkets are starting to embrace ‘online’ as a sales channel. In particular, France is trying to capitalise on the trend. About 20 percent of the population is already using drive-through collection for grocies ordered online.
Elanders has acquired Myphotobook, a German company that sells personalised photo products for consumers. With the acquisition the Swedish company is now one of the leading players in Europe. Elanders bought Myphotobook for 10.5 million euros from investment holding company Holtzbrinck Digital.
More and more European consumers are buying more items online than they do in store. A fifth of Brits now do that, while in Germany it’s already one in four consumers that buy more online than offline. This appears from the Ecommerce Index from online retailer Rakuten.
The Rocket Internet powered European online webshop for furniture is preparing to enter the Swiss market. The company continues to increase its international presence with a particular focus on European markets. At the same time its increasing the size of its product assortment to more than 50,000 items, making it one of the webshops with the broadest range of furniture, lamps and home accessories available across continental Europe.
Otto Group will invest 50 million euros in its order fulfillment and parcel delivery infrastructure in Russia. The German company will also open its network to third-party retailers. With the investment the capacity of Otto’s logistics center will be doubled, creating almost 700 extra jobs by 2014.
With more than 41 million digital buyers last year and a predicted 46 million in three years, Germany enjoys the greatest ecommerce customer potential within Europe, ‘making it the clear continental leader’, says Germany Trade & Invest in its report ‘The E-Commerce Market in Germany’. “Beyond Europe, only China, the USA, and Japan record higher digital consumer numbers.”
Asuum is offering publishers and content creators a way to get some ads on their site without bothering their customers with it. With this form of native advertising they want to bring content and ecommerce together. “Just like you won’t buy Vogue without the glossy ads, or watch a Superbowl game without the commercials.”
Etsy has rolled out its payments platform called Direct Checkout to sellers in 12 European countries, like the United Kingdom, France and Germany. Also sellers from Australia, Canada and New Zealand are now able to offer more checkout options for buyers.
Home24 celebrated its 500,000th customer this week. The online shop for all things furniture is only one and a half years active, but it’s getting bigger and bigger every month. Nowadays they sell more than 40,000 products ranging from furniture to cupboards en fireplaces.
Shopping online across national borders is getting more and more popular amongst internet users. The United States, Hong, Kong, Canada, Australia, China and Germany will see a combined total of $105 billion in cross-border online shopping this year and in the next five years it should almost triple to $307 billion.
Paymill launched its new product Paymill Unite today. It’s an all-in-one solution for everyone with an online marketplace. Paymill Unite enables merchants to offer credit card or debit payments to their buyers in an easy way. With the new product marketplace owners are also able to connect to other Paymill merchants, create transactions on behalf of the connected merchants and take commissions.
Zalando is only five years old, but the online retailer is already selling more than one billion euros worth of products in Europe. But while the fashion retailer generates big sales, it also have made losses every year since. That will change, Zalando knows for sure. “There’s no question about it”, says CEO Rubin Ritter.
Otto Group, one of Europe’s biggest online retailers, wants to fully acquire the ecommerce assets of Groupe 3SI, a huge online retail company in France. Otto already owns a 51% stake in the company since 1981, but now wants the whole ecommerce deal.
Here in Europe it´s not all about credit cards. There are actually many, many different online payment methods. Let´s have a look at what customers in certain European regions and countries tend to use if they order goods online. You´ll notice common names like Paypal, but also some very local ones, like Dankort.
Staff members of Amazon Germany staged a daylong strike yesterday, demanding better payments and benefits. Trade Union Verdi called on workers at Amazon’s logistics center in Leipzig to stop working from 12:30 p.m. ET. It’s the second time within a month workers at Amazon’s logistics centers have staged protest against the global internet retailer.