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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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MasterCard has developed a new app called "Groceries by MasterCard", which will be integrated into Samsung refrigerators. This enables customers to instantly order (and pay for) groceries online, straight from their refrigerator.

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Several dozen French store chains have extended their online reservation system without any purchase obligation into the sales period. It makes sense as this eReservation system brings in a lot of additional customers and sales.

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According to inside sources, the commercial court in Nanterre will declare online retailer Pixmania bankrupt on 14 January, as it is apparently unable to pay its employees at the end of the month.

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Kiki Lauwers is Bol.com Belgium's new director, succeeding Jan Huysmans who has taken up another position within Bol.com as the Plaza director. 

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French retail group Carrefour has acquired full control of online store Rue de Commerce's shares, a move designed to strengthen Carrefour's omnichannel strategy.

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Major online pure players cannot sustain themselves in the highly digitized Dutch market, which is why Ahold thrives in this particular market: both online and offline, it is miles ahead of the competition, something that its merger with Delhaize will only strengthen.

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American online retailer Amazon has offered its customers in United Kingdom the option to pay monthly if they order for more than 400 pounds (550 euro). 

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The European Commission wants to make the online shopping process cheaper, mainly when it comes to shipping costs that vary wildly among member states and which cause customer frustration.

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Following the introduction of its affiliate program in the United Kingdom, online design furniture store Made.com will also launch its affiliate program in the Netherlands, France and Germany in collaboration with the Zanox network. 

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Albert Heijn now uses track & trace for its home deliveries, which means that customers who order from AH, Etos, Gall&Gall will get a text message half an hour before the delivery arrives, thanks to real-time information.

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German labour union Verdi has called upon Amazon Germany's employees to strike once again in the days leading up to Christmas. There will be strikes in six out of Amazon Germany's 9 distribution centers in the upcoming week.

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Social network Pinterest has added new functionality to its "buyable pins", alerting customers that one of their pinned items is on sale.

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The world's largest package service, FedEx Corp., expects to handle a record 317 million packages in the 27 November (Black Friday) - 24 December (Christmas Eve) period, thanks to the increased popularity of eCommerce.

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Nearly half of the 18-34 age bracket expects an app or mobile website to load within 3 seconds on their smartphone or tablet or else they will look elsewhere.

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