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Four online fashion retailers managed to surpass the 1 billion euro turnover in 2015: Zalando, Yoox Net-a-Porter, Vente-Privée and Asos. All of them have put additional growth on their forecast.

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Jacques-Antoine Granjon, CEO and founder of French Vente-privée.com, believes Amazon will destroy classic distributors like Carrefour. It will compete these distributors into the ground and make them disappear.

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Store chain Fnac has now given sellers of sports products, kitchen appliances and household appliances the opportunity sell items on its marketplace. In France, this puts the company in direct competition with major online players.

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Yesterday, rumours surfaced that Amazon had plans for a bookstore chain with up to 400 stores in the United States. A shopping mall manager confirmed the news, but he now takes back his previous statement. 

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American make-up subscription service Birchbox will cut 15 % of its jobs, while it will also halt all Canadian activities. These moves should help the company return to profitability.

 

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Dutch-Danish personal shopping service The Cloakroom is now the property of German competitor Modomoto. The company, based in Amsterdam, will continue to exist as a separate brand for the time being.

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Online retailer Amazon allegedly has plans to open a chain of bookstores. Currently, it has a bookstore in its hometown of Seattle, but there is chance it may open an astonishing 400 stores all across the United States.

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Fashion label Bench has launched a new website with a fully functional online shop. From now on, customers from 21 different countries can use the shop and get orders home delivered for free.

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Online retailer Coolblue will expand its "CoolBlueBezorgt" service, which home delivers household appliances, all across the Netherlands. Currently, it handles about one out of 10 of those orders.

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Clothing chain Oysho, which is part of the Spanish fashion group Inditex, has now opened a European web shop. This means that all European citizens can buy the brand's clothing, even though the particular country may not have an actual store.

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In the fourth quarter, American online retailer Amazon has managed a record profit, but that was a lot lower than originally forecast. Turnover also grew a lot, but also failed to live up to expectations.

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In Alibaba's third quarter of its fiscal year, the Chinese online giant managed to post better results than anticipated - despite the slower Chinese economic growth. 

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After it had already closed a number of stores in Morocco, Panama, Puerto Rico, Taiwan and Thailand, ailing deal site Groupon will now also close its divisions in Switzerland, Austria and Portugal. 

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Amazon will continue to invest into its European operations, which will help create thousands of new jobs with the American online retailer. In the United Kingdom alone, 2,500 new jobs will be added.

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Online retailer Coolblue's 2015 turnover has grown more than 50 %, reaching a total of 555 million euro for Belgium and the Netherlands combined. With that in mind, Coolblue wants to considerably expand its operations in 2016.

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Swedish furniture chain Ikea has opened 10 new German pick-up points for online deliveries, which will all function independently. That means they will not be tied to another one of the chain's stores.

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Chinese internet giant Alibaba has unveiled its plans for 2016, which will be focused on three particular points according to Alibaba CEO, Daniel Zhang.

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American consumers have spent on their smartphone or tablet more during the past "holiday season" than analysts had expected, even in their wildest dream: nearly up 60 % compared to 2014.

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Online groceries' Dutch market share is still relatively small, about 1.1 % and analysts feel this will not change in the near future.

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