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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

Bol.com, again the biggest online store in the Netherlands

Ecommerce in the Netherlands

Bol.com is, again, the biggest online store in the Netherlands. Just like in 2016 and 2017, there is no online retailer with a bigger revenue to be found in the Western European country. Last year, the Ahold subsidiary generated 1.22 billion euros in online revenue. Continue reading

Highest online store density in the Netherlands

Online store

The Netherlands has the most online stores per capita. In this country, there are about 80,000 online stores with a population of 17 million. That means there are 214 people per online store, a density that’s nowhere to be found anywhere else in the world. In the Netherlands, online shops have to fight hard for every visitor. Continue reading

Bol.com Select offers free delivery on all products

Bol.com Select

Bol.com, the popular Dutch online department store, made some changes to its paid Select model. Subscribers will now get free delivery on all products, regardless of the order value. Previously, Bol.com Select offered free delivery only on 300.000 selected products. Continue reading

Albert Heijn is testing smart door lock

Albert Heijn

Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn is currently experimenting with a smart door lock, so groceries can be delivered to a customer’s place, even when the customer isn’t at home. The test is part of Albert Heijn Online Labs, which invents and develops new concepts to improve the supermarket’s service. Continue reading

Online furniture store Loberon expands to the Netherlands

Online furniture store Loberon

Loberon, an online furniture store from Germany, has launched a dedicated ecommerce website in the Netherlands. The launch marks the third time the German retailer opened an online store abroad, after starting operations in Austria and Switzerland. Continue reading

A third of iDeal payments happens in foreign online stores

Dutch payment method iDeal

The popular Dutch payment method iDeal performed well last year. The number of payments with iDeal has increased by 33.8 percent during that period, which is a growth the method hasn’t seen since 2011. More and more foreign online stores are now offering iDeal to Dutch customers. Continue reading