Cargo Sous Terrain (CST) has plans to run an underground freight transport system in Switzerland. In the tunnels, autonomous vehicles will transport pallets and packages between major cities and towns in the Central-European country. The group hopes to have this innovative network up and running by 2030.
Outfittery has expanded its service throughout Europe by offering a free pick-up service. This will make it even easier for customers to return items they don’t like: Outfittery will pick up the items at the customer’s home without asking any fee for it.
Groupon closed the doors of 4 European websites. After closing its operations in Greece, Turkey and the Nordic countries, the American ecommerce marketplace is now shutting down in Ukraine, Portugal, Switzerland and Austria. Since yesterday, these websites no longer offer customers interesting deals from local retailers.
The ecommerce market in Switzerland increased by 13 percent from last year, now reaching a value of 9.1 billion Swiss francs or 8.4 billion euros. The growth of the online retail industry may have had something to do with the high online shopping penetration. Of all 16-65 year olds in Switzerland, 90 percent purchased at least once online in the last twelve months.
Consumers in Switzerland can now order products from the German, French or Italian Amazon and get it delivered for free. At least, if the value of their shopping cart is worth 49 euros or more. This will have a huge influence on the Swiss ecommerce industry, Netcomm Suisse says. “It will raise the bar in competitiveness, but will also push ecommerce operators to further improve their offer.”
Swisscom and Coop are allowed to build their joint online marketplace Siroop. The two companies want to defy the American ecommerce giant Amazon in Switzerland by launching their own ecommerce platform. The Swiss competition authority has now greenlighted the project.
Fashion retailer H&M will soon launch an online store in Switzerland. It’s not officially announced yet, but all the indications are that the Swedish company will open its Swiss online store in just a few days. In the physical stores the upcoming opening of the ecommerce site was already announced over the loudspeakers.