The Turkish government wants to make global ecommerce companies liable for taxes on goods that are sold directly to Turkish customers. The government has proposed a draw law for this, the Turkish Minister of Finance said today.
Hepsiburada, the biggest ecommerce company in Turkey, has introduced a new program, which will help 1,000 women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses through ecommerce. The Technology Power for Entrepreneur Women Program offers free online stores, but also gives assistance with sales, operations, marketing and logistics.
Ecommerce in Turkey was worth 30.8 billion Turkish Liras (or 7.95 billion euros) in 2016. The online retail industry in this country is becoming more and more mature. The ecommerce share in Turkey’s total retail was 1.7 percent in 2012, but it increased to 3.5 percent last year, a new study shows.
Amazon Germany has discovered its Turkish customers. Buyers from that country can get their goods delivered for free. In addition, the website of Amazon Germany and its catalogue has been translated into Turkish. Customer service via email and phone is also available in Turkish.
PayPal has ceased operations in Turkey after the company was unable to get a new license from Turkish financial regulator BDDK. A new Turkish policy requires IT systems to be housed within the country, but that’s something PayPal doesn’t follow.
Groupon is no longer active in Greece and Turkey. The American ecommerce company pulled the plug on its operations in these two Southern European countries last week. It’s still not clear why the Greek site is offline now, but Groupon backed down in Turkey because of financial expectations that couldn’t be met.
In Europe, more and more consumers like to pay using their smartphone or tablet. In share of mobile device owners who already have experience with mobile payments, Turkey is the absolute leader in Europe. This is apparent from the latest report by yStats.com, called “Europe Online Payment Methods: First Half 2015”.
The ecommerce volume in Turkey has reached 18.9 billion Turkish liras (6.34 billion euros) last year, after it increased by 35 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year. Ecommerce in Turkey now represents 1.6 percent of all retail business in the European country.
Iyzico has raised a Series B funding of 16.5 million Turkish liras, or 5.74 million euros. The Turkish company, which provides a platform to let ecommerce sites and other apps easily accept online payments, has raised more than 8.5 million euros in total since it was founded three years ago.
The solid and fast-growing ecommerce market in Turkey has got the attention from several investors. The latest one to show interest is the Abraaj Group. This Dubai-based private equity firm purchased a 25% stake in Hepsiburada, Turkey’s largest online retailer. The deal is the latest in a steady stream of online-oriented acquisitions in Turkey.