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DHL invests €195m in the UK

DHL will invest 195 million euros (£156 million) in the United Kingdom. It invests heavily in the East Midlands and Heathrow, by improving the sorting and aircraft landing facilities at these sites. It will be Deutsche Post DHL’s largest investment in the UK in 14 years. Continue reading

Dutch company Hema tests new markets via Amazon and La Redoute

Hema is expanding its online presence in Europe by selling items via marketplaces Amazon and La Redoute. This is Hema’s way to test the water in countries like Spain and the United Kingdom. By selling via popular marketplaces Hema can get foreign shoppers acquainted with the Dutch company. Continue reading

Overseas deliveries from the UK to double by 2017

The number of overseas deliveries that are being dispatched from the United Kingdom could double within three years, a new study shows. And the total numbers of orders dispatched by retailers in the UK may reaches the 1 billion milestone mark next year. Continue reading

FMCG in UK: online 5x times bigger than offline

British consumers spend almost five times more when they shop for groceries online than they do in-store. For now, the United Kingdom is the leader in the field, but by 2016 France will overtake the UK, thanks to the impressive growth of the click and collect offer in France. Continue reading

Klarna expands to the UK

Klarna has taken another step toward expanding its presence in Europe by launching its services in the United Kingdom. The Swedish ecommerce company will invest 125 million euros in product development and roll-out, Klarna’s CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski confirmed at the London Technology Week. Klarna will have London as its base in the UK. Continue reading

Facebook not popular with UK retailers

Facebook is a very popular social network amongst European online retailers. Except for the United Kingdom, where online retailers are more active on Twitter. But Twitter is however still less popular in the UK than in other countries like Germany or Spain. These two countries have the most social media savvy online retailers, as 90% of them are on Facebook and 80% are on Twitter. Continue reading

Swiss Richemont wants to stop online sale of counterfeits

Richemont takes high court action to stop websites in the United Kingdom from selling counterfeit products. This landmark case could change the content and future of the internet, some broadband providers fear. But the Swiss luxury company, behind e.g. Cartier jewellery and Montblanc Watches, won’t back down and is hoping for a positive court decision. Continue reading

Promising growth for email marketing company Soundest

Email marketing service provider Soundest launched out of private beta in January, but now has crossed the 1000-user milestone. User growth is more than 50% month-on-month, while online stores from more than sixty countries are using the software that’s built solely for ecommerce sites. Continue reading

Funding for social loyalty platform LoyaltyLion

LoyaltyLion has closed a seed funding round of 370,000 euros led by EC1 Capital. The European social loyalty platform enables small ecommerce stores to offer a loyalty scheme that rewards customers for all sorts of activities. It’s compatible with commonly-used ecommerce platforms like Shopify, Magento and SEOshop. Continue reading

Ecommerce UK shows strongest Q1 growth since 2011

The ecommerce industry in the United Kingdom has seen the strongest first quarter growth since three years. Sales in the first quarter of this year grew 17% compared to the first quarter of 2013 and during the first three months of this year the industry was worth 28 billion euros. Continue reading

Newegg expands to the United Kingdom

Newegg has started a pilot program that makes a limited selection of its products available to customers in the United Kingdom and Australia. It’s an important first step in the company’s international expansion plans. In the United Kingdom, Newegg will face massive competition from online players like Amazon, Scan Computers and eBuyer. Continue reading

Export groups help British companies sell in Eastern Europe

In the United Kingdom there are recently several activities employed and online platforms launched aimed at boosting trade with Central and Eastern Europe. A new UK-based ecommerce site for example aims to alert local companies about business opportunities in Romania, while another initiative is focused on selling British food online in Poland. Continue reading

Analytics solution Ometria raises €1.08mn in seed funding

The UK-based startup Ometria has disclosed a 1.5 million dollar (€1.08 million) seed round this week from a group of angel investors. The new funding will be used to grow the team and to further develop its ecommerce intelligence platform, which provides retailers with insights relating to customer behavior and product performance. Continue reading