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Carrefour and French bank BNP Paribas have developed a free payment app together, called Wa!. Customers can use the app to do mobile payments, keep track of their loyalty cards and take advantage of coupons.

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According to eBay and Myer, they have created a world's first: consumers can visit a web shop completely hands-free thanks to a virtual reality application. Is it a gimmick or the future of shopping?

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Online retailer Amazon's CEO, Jeff Bezos, indicated the company wants to open more physical stores in the future, alongside a further expansion of subscription service Prime's features. 

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Chinese online giant Alibaba's founder, Jack Ma, will no longer be present at the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition's conference (IACC). He was supposed to give the keynote speech, but decided to call it off.

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Several sources indicate Google is working on an Amazon Echo competitor, a speaker that gives its users - through voice commands - the opportunity to perform a range of tasks, like online searches.

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Will Chinese internet giant Alibaba consider its Benelux office a mere footnote in its existence or is there a reason for this specific move? In any case, the Chinese market has a huge appetite for any Western brand product.

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The world's largest internet retailer, Alibaba Group, will open an office in Amsterdam to guide Benelux-based companies to the Chinese market. Former Blokker CEO Roland Palmer will lead Alibaba Group's Benelux operations.

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Taxi service Uber has found a new way to entice consumers to use their service: it now collaborates with retailers to offer free rides to its customers.

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Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung has launched a payment service for its Smart TVs. With Samsung Checkout, users can go through an entire payment process with their remote control. From the start, the service is available in 53 countries. 

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In the first quarter of 2016, Chinese online giant Alibaba's turnover grew nearly 40 %, which means it trumps expectations and shows that it is not bothered by China's slower growth.

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American online retailer Amazon wants to assist European sellers with their logistical process, whenever orders have to go across borders. These products will then be available in Amazon's distribution centers.

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American online giant Amazon outperformed analysts' expectations during the first quarter: its profit reached more than 500 million dollars, which is almost twice what analysts had predicted.

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Dutch chain Hema is to launch a new international mobile website and means to speed up the delivery chain to same-day delivery and 24h pick-up in stores.

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Africa Internet Group CEO, Jeremy Hodara, believes only online retail will be able to meet Africa's increased demand, obviously seeing a lot of opportunities for his own company, which is currently active in 26 African countries.

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American online platform Amazon has decided to pull the plug on its flash sale website MyHabit, which was founded five years ago but never managed to meet expectations.

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Preliminary first quarter numbers of online pet store Zooplus show a 28 % turnover growth to 217 million euro. The shop maintains its full-year turnover forecast of at least 875 million euro.

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Italian eCommerce group Yoox Net-a-Porter has sold a 4 % stake to Alabbar Enterprises, a group from the United Arab Emirates which also owns the Dubai Mall among other things.

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Online retailer Zalando had a pleasing first quarter: turnover grew nearly 25 %, which perfectly fits the company's full-year forecast.

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German investment fund Rocket Internet's different companies have all been onerous in 2015, but CEO Oliver Samwer says all of the group's start-ups are still on course.

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