Several European ecommerce companies have started trial delivery using the self-driving robots of Starship Technologies. Online food delivery services Just Eat and Pronto will be using the robots in London, while German retail chain Metro and logistics company Hermes will use the robots in Dusseldorf, Bern and another undisclosed German city.
Paymill, the German payment provider that filed for preliminary insolvency two months ago, has been acquired by Swiss payment service provider Klik & Pay. It seems like Paymill, which is seen as the German answer to US payment service Stripe, has been saved by the Swiss company and can now live on.
In many countries, Amazon is the first stop for online shopping. In Switzerland, there is still no corresponding counterpart. A recent survey shows that three quarters of retailers think that a strong Swiss B2C online marketplace would be good for the country, so Amazon can’t gain more market share.
Swiss consulting company Carpathia examined and compared the shipping and return conditions of the 100 biggest online stores in Switzerland. The results show that Swiss online merchants show some serious shortcoming, especially with regards to customer service.
ExLibris.ch may call themselves the ecommerce champion of Switzerland for a full year after winning such an award during the Swiss E-commerce Awards. The ecommerce website follows in the footsteps of DeinDeal, PKZ, Zalando and Freitag.
SecurionPay, a fintech company from Switzerland, has launched its new website and wants to further revolutionize the way small businesses approach online payments. By offering for example a drag-and-drop builder to implement payment buttons, SecurionPay wants to ensure merchants can implement payment methods on their ecommerce websites quick and easy.
Bata, a global operating footwear manufacturer and retailer from the Czech Republic, has decided to shut down all its stores in Switzerland where it’s headquartered. With customers buying footwear and accessories more and more through multi-brand retailers and ecommerce websites, Bata has been trying to restructure its operations for years. Now it came to the conclusion maintaining the Bata stores in Switzerland wasn’t an option anymore.
Fashion Digital Lab, a new center for technology, has launched today in Lugano. The goal is to give a physical form to the digital ecosystem supporting fashion companies. Fashion Digital Lab is powered by ecommerce association NetComm Suisse and investments from public and private operators.
Migros, the largest retailer in Switzerland, has launched a completely new website. The new design and optimized user experience are part of an effort to make the retailer accessible on all devices. The technical realization was built on Magnolia, a Swiss content management platform.
Swiss Post has started in Bern an online marketplace for small businesses. This platform, called Kaloka, will take care of the entire ecommerce value chain, from online store to logistics. The postal service of Switzerland will also integrate local startups into the project and offers a SMS-butler.