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European supermarkets set sights on online groceries

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. Continue reading

Dixons sells French Pixmania and Turkish ElectroWorld

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. Continue reading

Etsy’s Direct Checkout rolls out globally

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. Continue reading

UK and Germany: popular cross-border destinations

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. Continue reading

United Kingdom most advanced ecommerce country

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. Continue reading

Celebrity curated To The tops launches in Europe

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. Continue reading

Google wants Trusted Stores in the UK

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. Continue reading

The most common payment methods in Europe

The most common payment methods in Europe.

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. Continue reading

The UK dominates European E-Commerce Awards

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. Continue reading

MenInvest acquires British online retailer Oki-ni

Oki-ni

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. Continue reading

ASOS plans China launch

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. Continue reading