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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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

Handelsverband wants to double number of Austrian webshops

Handelsverband wants to double number of Austrian webshops

The Austrian trade association Handelsverband has an ambitious goal: in the next two years, it wants to double the share of Austrian retailers that operate an online store. In order to achieve this, the association has put together a toolkit, which enables small and medium-sized businesses to start with ecommerce in a simple and reliable way. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/handelsverband-wants-to-double-number-of-austrian-webshops/

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/

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/

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/

Auchan opens cashier-less Auchan Minute in Europe

Auchan opens cashier-less Auchan Minute in Europe

The French supermarket chain Auchan will open its first cashier-less concept in Europe next month. In Villeneuve d’Asq, a commune in the Nord department in northern France, a fully automatic point of sale that can be operated via the smartphone will open its doors. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/auchan-opens-cashier-less-auchan-minute-in-europe/

Made.com expands to 4 new countries in Europe

Made.com expands to 4 new countries in Europe

Online furniture retailer Made has announced that its sales in the United Kingdom hit the 100 million pound mark for the first time last year. In its home country, sales grew 34 percent, while international figures went up by 40 percent. The company will expand to several countries across Europe this year. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/made-com-expands-to-4-new-countries-in-europe/

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/

Ecommerce France was worth €92.6 billion in 2018

Ecommerce France was worth €92.6 billion in 2018

Even though the “Yellow Vest” protests in the last two months of 2018 took their toll, ecommerce in France has managed to increase by 13.4 percent last year. The online retail industry of France was worth 92.6 billion euros at the end of last year. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/ecommerce-france-was-worth-e92-6-billion-in-2018/

Annual retail sales via internet are up

Annual retail sales via internet are up

The volume of retail sales via mail order houses or the internet keeps on growing in Europe. In 2017, the figures show a year-on-year increase of 12 percent in the European Union. Estonia showed the largest annual growth, while there were falls in Finland and Portugal. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/annual-retail-sales-via-internet-are-up/

Insolvent Lesara fails to attract investor

Insolvent Lesara fails to attract investor

Things aren’t looking good for online retailer Lesara. The insolvent ecommerce player is searching for investors and it almost got one interested to take over. But at the last minute, that investor dropped out. Now, the inventory will soon be on sale and there are several parties interested in acquiring Lesara’s logistics center. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/insolvent-lesara-fails-to-attract-investor/

February: ecommerce events in Europe

February: ecommerce events in Europe

February is over, so it’s time for a fresh new month with fresh new ecommerce events to visit across Europe! So, as always, we’ve made a handy overview for you, so you know when and where an ecommerce event takes place this month in Europe. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/february-ecommerce-events-in-europe-2019/

Beliani lets customers rent furniture

Beliani lets customers rent furniture

Swiss online furniture retailer Beliani not only wants to sell its entire range of around 3,000 pieces of furniture, the company also wants to rent them out. With this initiative, Beliani is responding to the upcoming subscription culture, in which more and more people rent stuff instead of buying it. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/beliani-lets-customers-rent-furniture/

ReBuy expands to Italy and Spain

ReBuy expands to Italy and Spain

ReBuy, an online platform for buying and selling refurbished consumer electronics, has expanded in Europe. The company has launched its online store in both Italy and Spain. The company already runs its online platform in German, the United Kingdom, France, Austria and the Netherlands. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/rebuy-expands-to-italy-and-spain/

Zalando opens fulfillment center in Sweden

Zalando opens fulfillment center in Sweden

Zalando has opened a new fulfillment center in Sweden. In Brunna, near Stockholm, the online fashion player has opened a fulfillment center that’s approximately 30,000 square meters big and gives place to around 500 employees as well as 50 autonomous mobile robots. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/zalando-opens-fulfillment-center-in-sweden/

Lidl offers same-day delivery in Italy

Lidl offers same-day delivery in Italy

Supermercato24, a same-day delivery service for online grocery, has announced a partnership with Lidl in Italy. Together, the two companies will allow Italian Lidl customers to order groceries from home and have them delivered at their doorstop on the same day, even within one hour. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/lidl-offers-same-day-delivery-in-italy/

Vente-Privee and its other brands form Veepee

Vente-Privee and its other brands form Veepee

The popular French online shop Vente-Privee has merged with five other brands to form a new online store called Veepee. This new name will now be used in fourteen different countries in which Vente-Privee, Vente-Exclusive and the three other European brands are active. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/vente-privee-and-its-other-brands-form-veepee/

Printful to open new logistics center in Latvia

Printful to open new logistics center in Latvia

Printing and fulfillment service Printful will open a new fulfillment center in Riga, Latvia. The company has outgrown its current facility, which is located in the same city. The new site is currently under construction and is said to open in May. The new fulfillment center will open close to the company’s logistics partners and the Riga International Airport. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/printful-to-open-new-logistics-center-in-latvia/

Bol.com: €2.1 billion online sales in 2018

Bol.com: €2.1 billion online sales in 2018

Dutch online retailer Bol.com reported net consumer online sales worth 2.1 billion euros in 2018. That’s an increase of 31.25 percent compared to the situation in 2017, when Bol.com generated net consumer sales worth 1.6 billion euros. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/bol-com-e2-1-billion-online-sales-in-2018/

Idealo Italy grew with 20% in 2018

Idealo Italy grew with 20% in 2018

Price comparison engine Idealo has achieved a growth of over 20 percent in Italy last year. The company generated an external sale in Italian ecommerce of almost 30 million euros, of which 32 percent was to the advantage of small Italian online shops. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/idealo-italy-grew-with-20-in-2018/

This is how UK consumers shopped online in 2018

This is how UK consumers shopped online in 2018

Consumers in the United Kingdom spent the most money online on vehicle-related items. Holidays were also a favorite destination for shoppers looking to spend their money online. And it’s fashion and fast food takeaways that Britons regretted the most buying online in 2018. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/this-is-how-uk-consumers-shopped-online-in-2018/

Ecommerce in Germany: €65.10 billion in 2018

Ecommerce in Germany: €65.10 billion in 2018

Ecommerce in Germany has increased by 11.4 percent last year. At the end of 2018 the online retail industry was worth 65.10 billion euros. And that’s mostly because of the strong development of online marketplaces. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/ecommerce-in-germany-e65-10-billion-in-2018/

PostNL courier now also accepts returns

PostNL courier now also accepts returns

Couriers from PostNL who deliver parcels to customers’ homes, will now also accept parcels that need to be returned to an online retailer. By offering this new service, PostNL hopes to the reduce the amount of trips to the supermarket or store, where most customers hand over their returns. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/postnl-courier-now-also-accepts-returns/

DHL Express invests in new hub in Denmark

DHL Express invests in new hub in Denmark

DHL Express will build a new logistics hub in Denmark, that will arise at Copenhagen Airport. If the hub becomes operational, which is planned to happen in 2023, the logistics services provider will be able to handle nearly 37,000 packages per hour, 24 hours a day. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/dhl-express-invests-in-new-hub-in-denmark/

Alipay gets Luxembourg e-money license to serve Europe

Alipay gets Luxembourg e-money license to serve Europe

Alipay, the fintech company owned by Alibaba, has obtained an electronic money license in Luxembourg. With this license, Alipay can serve the European market. The Asian payments company is already present with a licensed entity in London, but it can now serve customers across Europe. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/alipay-gets-luxembourg-e-money-license-to-serve-europe/

‘Brits will spend €28 billion using their smartphones’

‘Brits will spend €28 billion using their smartphones’

Shoppers from the United Kingdom are planning to spend 25 billion pounds, or 28.3 billion euros, using their smartphones this year. That’s an increase of about 66 percent compared to the situation in 2018. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/brits-will-spend-e28-billion-using-their-smartphones/

Greek online grocery e-Fresh grew 93% in 2018

Greek online grocery e-Fresh grew 93% in 2018

E-Fresh, a fast-growing online grocery retailer from Greece, has had a successful year. The digital supermarket yesterday announced that its sales have increased by 93 percent last year. The company also secured a 88 percent repeat customer rate, while the number of customers grew 94 percent. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/greek-online-grocery-e-fresh-grew-93-in-2018/

Bol.com opens pick-up points in Delhaize supermarkets

Bol.com opens pick-up points in Delhaize supermarkets

Dutch online retailer Bol.com is expanding its network of pick-up points in Belgium. The Ahold Delhaize-owned company will open locations in the supermarkets of Delhaize in Flanders. Consumers in Belgium already had the option to pick up their Bol.com orders at the supermarkets of Albert Heijn. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/bol-com-opens-pick-up-points-in-delhaize-supermarkets/

Amazon should stop with Dash buttons in Germany

Amazon should stop with Dash buttons in Germany

Customers in Germany are insufficiently informed about the price of a product when they buy something using an Amazon Dash button. And this is in violation of the law, the Higher Regional Court of Munich revealed. Original source: https://ecommercenews.eu/amazon-should-stop-with-dash-buttons-in-germany/

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