Nowadays it is commonplace to buy books, music, clothes or electronics online. Buying groceries online isn’t. But that’s about to change in Europe as several supermarkets are starting to embrace ‘online’ as a sales channel. In particular, France is trying to capitalise on the trend. About 20 percent of the population is already using drive-through collection for grocies ordered online.
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Dixons is to sell its French ecommerce business Pixmania, while also getting freed of its loss-making Turkish company ElectroWorld. Four months ago Dixons said it would like to sell Pixmana and if that proved impossible closure of the operation was an option. By selling Pixmania and Electroworld Dixons can now focus on markets where they have leading positions.
British offline retailers are now even more concerned about the ever increasing competition from online retailers than a year ago. More than half of the British shop owners would like to see that online retailers start paying taxes to level the playing field.
More and more European consumers are buying more items online than they do in store. A fifth of Brits now do that, while in Germany it’s already one in four consumers that buy more online than offline. This appears from the Ecommerce Index from online retailer Rakuten.
Etsy has rolled out its payments platform called Direct Checkout to sellers in 12 European countries, like the United Kingdom, France and Germany. Also sellers from Australia, Canada and New Zealand are now able to offer more checkout options for buyers.
Shopping online across national borders is getting more and more popular amongst internet users. The United States, Hong, Kong, Canada, Australia, China and Germany will see a combined total of $105 billion in cross-border online shopping this year and in the next five years it should almost triple to $307 billion.
The United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France and the Netherlands are the world’s most advanced ecommerce countries. That’s what we can conclude after we poked around in the Global Perspective on Retail report by Cushman & Wakefield. Europe is doing very well we might say.
A new ecommerce platform called To The Tops has launched in the United Kingdom, France and Scandinavia. Its goal is to get as successful as other celebrity curated ecommerce platforms like BeachMint. Retired soccer player Patrick Vieira and singer Kimberly Wyatt are some of the names lending their support.
The Trusted Stores programme Google first tested in the United States may be coming to the United Kingdom later this year. The service has proved to be highly popular in the US, so an expansion to British merchants seems like the next logical thing to do.
Here in Europe it´s not all about credit cards. There are actually many, many different online payment methods. Let´s have a look at what customers in certain European regions and countries tend to use if they order goods online. You´ll notice common names like Paypal, but also some very local ones, like Dankort.
Winners of the European E-commerce Awards 2013 have been announced. Asos, John Lewis and Vestiaire Collective have been rewarded with gold awards at the ceremony that took place on the eve of June the third in Barcelona.
French ecommerce company MenInvest has acquired the London-based online retailer Oki-ini for an undisclosed amount. Two of Oki-Ni’s co-founders will join the company’s board as shareholders and will advisor the Group. The acquisition is all part of MenInvest’s plan to reach €100 million in revenue by 2016.
The British online fashion retailer ASOS is planning to launch a Chinese website in October of this year. Over the next three years it wil spend between £12m ($18.6m) and £18m ($21.4m) in an attempt to break into the booming ecommerce sector in China.