Slightly more than 12 percent of the total online sales during the holiday season in Europe will come from mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. That’s an increase of 68 percent compared to the same period a year ago. The growth in Europe is bigger than the mobile holiday sales growth in the United States.
When does a country have a lot of ecommerce potential? Is it about population size, income per capita or the amount of money online spent? It’s all of these and a lot more variables that characterizes a ecommerce market primed for growth. Forrester compared 55 countries, and of the 10 most ecommerce-ready markets, there are 5 European countries: UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
Ecommerce sales in the Netherlands grew to 5 billion Euros in the first six months of 2013, a growth of 8% compared to the same period one year ago. Although the growth flattens slightly when you compare it with previous years, it´s still a good ecommerce year for the Dutch. Especially when you take into consideration the country is still in a recession and consumers now aren’t that eager to spend money.
We all know Facebook, Twitter and Google+. But what about the local social networks in Europe, like Hyves, Tuenti or Yonja? Say you want to expand your ecommerce business to Spain, do you know on which social network you can reach the youngsters? We do! Let’s have a look at some popular social networks in Europe.
Wehkamp.nl wants to reduce the amount of returns of fashion items, its top-selling category. The biggest online clothing store of the Netherlands has to deal with return rates around fifty percent. It now wants to reduce this by measuring all their clothes, so customers will return less ill-fitting articles.
IcePay has completed a €2,6 million round of funding. With this money the payment service provider wants to expand internationally, with a focus on expanding within Europe. IcePay has a so called PSD license, which gives the Dutch company the right to act as a payment service provider throughout the European Union and European Economic Area.
It was a good year for the ecommerce industry in the Netherlands. Sales grew with 11 percent in May, compared to the same period one year before. At the same time, the overall retail industry declined with 0.6% in this period. So, hooray for ecommerce!
Emerce, a Dutch offline magazine and website about online business, media and marketing, will turn its local ecommerce event eRetail into a bigger European conference called eRetail Europe. It will be held on the 9th of October in Amsterdam and is part of the Emerce eWeek.
Trusted Shops, an European trustmark for online shops with buyer protection, has expanded its services to Italy and the Netherlands. An expansion to Belgium is planned to go live at the end of this month. In the Netherlands it will face serious competition with Thuiswinkel.org, who is also one of the founders of Ecommerce Europe. And that organization also wants to have a pan-European trustmark for consumers. Is this a first sign of the start of a battle for the trust of the European shop owner?
Fab.com will open an office in The Netherlands this fall. The design ecommerce company is planning to open their administrative and logistics office in Eindhoven, a city known as the capital of Dutch industrial design. 450 jobs are about to be created in this region.