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Picnic is already profitable in two German cities

Picnic

Picnic, the online-only supermarket from the Netherlands, launched its business in Germany one year ago. Now, the ecommerce company is already profitable in two German cities. In Mönchengladbach, the supermarket makes even more revenue than at the best location the Netherlands. Continue reading

Beerwulf further expands in Europe

Online beer shop Beerwulf from the Netherlands

Beerwulf, a Heineken-owned startup that sells beer online, will expand to more countries in Europe. The company will expand to the same countries where home tap retailer The Sub is already active. Last month, Heineken consolidated The Sub and Beerwulf. Continue reading

The Netherlands has 5 million cross-border shoppers

Cross-border ecommerce in Europe

There were 5 million Dutch consumers who shopped online cross-border last year. That’s a significant increase of 32 percent compared to the situation one year before, when there were 3.8 million cross-border shoppers in the Netherlands. Together, these 5 million people spent about 880 million euros at foreign ecommerce websites. Continue reading

Albert Heijn tests delivery robot

Albert Heijn

Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn has revealed a sneak preview of its latest innovation. The company is working on delivery robots. During this summer, the little robot cars will deliver groceries to customers on the High Tech Campus Eindhoven, home to more than 140 tech companies and institutions. Continue reading

Ecommerce in the Netherlands: €23.7 billion in 2018

Ecommerce in the Netherlands

Ecommerce in the Netherlands was worth 23.7 billion euros in 2018. That’s an estimated growth of 10 percent compared to the situation one year before. Last year, 96 percent of consumers aged 15 and over have purchased something online at least once. Continue reading

Bol.com’s revenue from external vendors grows 55%

Dutch ecommerce company Bol.com

Bol.com, the biggest online retailer from the Netherlands, is rapidly transforming into an online marketplace that accommodates other vendors. The company’s own revenue is still higher than those of its partners on its platform, but the third party seller’s revenue is however increasing faster. Continue reading

Coolblue’s revenue grows to 1.35 billion euros

Coolblue, omnichannel ecommerce company from the Netherlands

Dutch omnichannel retailer has generated revenues worth 1.35 billion euros last year. That’s an increase of 160 million compared to the situation in 2017. According to Coolblue, this growth is partly due to the introduction of an English and French website and app. Continue reading

Dutch payment method iDeal keeps growing due to mobile

Dutch payment method iDeal

iDeal, the most popular payment method in the Netherlands, is being used more and more on mobile devices. Currently, seven out of ten iDeal payments are done from a smartphone or tablet. Mobile person-to-person payments are particularly popular. Continue reading

Bol.com: €2.1 billion online sales in 2018

Dutch ecommerce company Bol.com

Dutch online retailer Bol.com reported net consumer online sales worth 2.1 billion euros in 2018. That’s an increase of 31.25 percent compared to the situation in 2017, when Bol.com generated net consumer sales worth 1.6 billion euros. Continue reading

PostNL courier now also accepts returns

PostNL

Couriers from PostNL who deliver parcels to customers’ homes, will now also accept parcels that need to be returned to an online retailer. By offering this new service, PostNL hopes to the reduce the amount of trips to the supermarket or store, where most customers hand over their returns. Continue reading

The Netherlands rank first on UN’s ecommerce index

Number one in ecommerce

The Netherlands are the new number one on the annual B2C E-commerce Index from UN conference UNCTAD. The Dutch have surpassed Luxembourg, which now finds itself on a 19th position. The top three is completed by Singapore and Switzerland. Continue reading