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Essilor acquires German online optical retailer Brille24

Essilor acquires German online optical retailer Brille24

Essilor International is actively expanding its footprint in Europe and Latin America with four different acquisitions. In Germany, the optics company acquired online retailer Brille24, while in Greece, Essilor partner Shamir acquired Union Optic. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/essilor-acquires-german-online-optical-retailer-brille24/

2018’s state of cross-border ecommerce in Europe

2018’s state of cross-border ecommerce in Europe

Cross-border ecommerce is becoming increasingly popular in Europe. Of the parcels bought cross-border last year, 38 percent were purchased from China. And consumers prefer more and more to shop across the borders using their smartphones. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/2018s-state-of-cross-border-ecommerce-in-europe/

JPMorgan Chase Rolls Out Digital Token

JPMorgan Chase Rolls Out Digital Token

JPMorgan Chase on Thursday announced that it has created and successfully tested a digital coin. Each JPM Coin represents $1 in funds held in designated accounts at JPMorgan Chase N.A. The token was created using Quorum, a variant of Ethereum developed by JPMorgan Chase, to enable instantaneous payment transfers between its clients’ institutional accounts. The JPM Coin and its underlying technology capabilities are currency-agnostic. Over time, the token will be extended to other major currencies and to other platforms. Original…

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Alibaba’s Ant Financial acquires UK payments company WorldFirst

Alibaba’s Ant Financial acquires UK payments company WorldFirst

Ant Financial, the Alibaba-owned fintech company, has acquired currency exchange and payments company WorldFirst. By taking over the UK company, Chinese internet giant Alibaba can take a major step into Europe. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/alibabas-ant-financial-acquires-uk-payments-company-worldfirst/

UK fintech SumUp acquires ecommerce platform Shoplo

UK fintech SumUp acquires ecommerce platform Shoplo

UK fintech company SumUp, which enables small business to accept card payments via the SumUp device and online, has acquired Shoplo. This is a multi-channel ecommerce platform from Poland. With Shoplo, retailers can easily open their store online. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/uk-fintech-sumup-acquires-ecommerce-platform-shoplo/

Spreading CRM’s Message

Spreading CRM’s Message

I’ve recently been writing a lot about platforms — not about any one in particular, but about the importance of platform to the future of what we all do in CRM and beyond. Platform provides a level of abstraction between machines and humans, who must get useful work out of them. Inventing the platform was like inventing the power loom or the printing press. It was a way to separate the creative effort from rote production. I’ve gone so far…

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LinkedIn Launches Streaming Video Service as Private Beta

LinkedIn Launches Streaming Video Service as Private Beta

LinkedIn has launched an invitation-only private beta of LinkedIn Live, a streaming video feature. The service initially will be available in the U.S. After the invitation-only period, LinkedIn will post a contact form on its website for others who want to participate in the beta. The company will broadcast live content from conferences, product announcements, Q&As, and other events led by influencers and mentors, as well as earnings calls, graduation and awards ceremonies, and the like. Original source: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/85846.html?rss=1

Shopify sees revenue increase by 59 percent

Shopify sees revenue increase by 59 percent

Shopify has passed the 1 billion dollar revenue mark. The company’s full revenue growth for 2018 reached 1.073 billion dollars, which corresponds to 950 million euros. This revenue mark is a 59 percent increase from the situation last year. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/shopify-sees-revenue-increase-by-59-percent/

The biggest foreign ecommerce markets for UK shoppers

The biggest foreign ecommerce markets for UK shoppers

Consumers in the United Kingdom love to shop online at overseas ecommerce websites. As a matter of fact, UK shoppers buy a higher proportion of goods from foreign online stores than almost any other wealthy country. These are the biggest foreign ecommerce markets for UK shoppers. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/the-biggest-foreign-ecommerce-markets-for-uk-shoppers/

4 Surefire Ways to Get E-Shoppers to Pay Attention

4 Surefire Ways to Get E-Shoppers to Pay Attention

I don’t have to tell you how difficult it is to find and attract customers online. With millions and millions of businesses all vying for attention, the Internet has quickly turned into a very crowded place. But, believe it or not, there’s opportunity in all that clutter, and if you approach your marketing and visibility right, you can easily rise to the top. However, it does require work and commitment. So, if you don’t mind rolling up your sleeves and…

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Payment service provider Nets strengthens presence in Poland

Payment service provider Nets strengthens presence in Poland

Nets, a payment service provider from the Nordics, has announced its strategic alliance with Przelewy24. This is a major online payment service provider from Poland. This news comes after Nets recently acquired Dotpay/eCard. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/payment-service-provider-nets-strengthens-presence-in-poland/

5G Is Key to T-Mobile, Sprint Merger

5G Is Key to T-Mobile, Sprint Merger

Over the last several quarters, I have heard opinions of the pending T-Mobile, Sprint merger from every corner. Those who are pro-merger focus on all the benefits it woud bring. Those who are anti-merger focus on what would be lost and how it would harm different segments. Amid the chaotic debate, what really matters is whether the regulators are going to say yes or no. Over the last several years, both T-Mobile and Sprint have been involved with what could…

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Deutsche Post relies on Packstations instead of parcel boxes

Deutsche Post relies on Packstations instead of parcel boxes

Deutsche Post DHL will be focusing more and more on the network of Packstations it has across the country and less on innovations such as delivery robots and parcel boxes installed at customers’ homes. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/deutsche-post-relies-on-packstations-instead-of-parcel-boxes/

The State of Selling

The State of Selling

What’s the state of the selling profession today? In brief, it fluctuates significantly based on economic circumstances and a company’s position in a category lifecycle. At the start of a category lifecycle, when vendors really need people who can educate and explain what a disruptive innovation actually does, salespeople are in demand and life is very good indeed. In a down economy, most selling suffers; in a recovery selling can be fun. Of course, life is even more difficult when…

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Dutch payment method iDeal keeps growing due to mobile

Dutch payment method iDeal keeps growing due to mobile

iDeal, the most popular payment method in the Netherlands, is being used more and more on mobile devices. Currently, seven out of ten iDeal payments are done from a smartphone or tablet. Mobile person-to-person payments are particularly popular. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/dutch-payment-method-ideal-keeps-growing-due-to-mobile/

Online food & personal care in Europe worth €56bn by 2022

Online food & personal care in Europe worth €56bn by 2022

Sales of food and personal care are going well in European ecommerce and are set to increase by 54 percent in the next years. This means the online food and personal care industry will be worth over 56 billion euros by 2022. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/online-food-personal-care-in-europe-worth-e56bn-by-2022/

OceanX and the E-Commerce Subscription Wave

OceanX and the E-Commerce Subscription Wave

Until recently, becoming a subscription provider was a big and expensive task. To get into the game, a vendor needed to build a subscription business model right next to its traditional businesses, so to speak, which typically involved building an e-commerce Web store and member site, organizing an online price list and catalog, and figuring out how to handle subscription business receipts, as well as shipping and dealing with returns. There’s more, too — like using analytics to understand the…

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