The Dutch department store chain Bijenkorf has finally launched its Austrian webshop. The launch was announced in early 2020 and was initially planned for the second half of that year, but that timing suffered some delays.
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Veepee has launched "The Survivors" on its Dutch platform: under this name, the flash sales specialist sells products that are still in perfect condition but with damaged packaging.
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Orderchamp, a digital purchasing platform for retailers, has received growth capital to continue its European conquest. The company is strongly committed to machine learning to predict sales success.
Amazon is moving its annual Prime Day into June this year. The e-commerce giant thinks the two-day event, which includes all kinds of discount deals and new product launches, is best held before the summer and the Olympics.
Last year, the European branch of Amazon realised a turnover of 44 billion euros. However, the e-commerce giant is not paying any corporation tax on those revenues.
Until now, the hard discounter Aldi has mainly steered clear of the advances in supermarket technology, such as self-scanners and till-less stores. However, change seems to be on its way now - at least at Aldi Süd.
In an increasingly digital world, retailers need to rethink how they fill their square metres of selling space. "Innovation in retail is not limited developing a new store concept, it's about adopting a shopper-driven philosophy."
It is a well-known fact that the outbreak of Covid-19 has boosted online sales. But a new UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) report now gives us some figures.
Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com gives the starting signal for its European expansion: in the Dutch province of Limburg, the logistics specialist opens a distribution centre of 18,000 square metres. It will also have an office.
In an interview with some regional newspapers, President Emmanuel Macron clarified his exit strategy from the lockdown. On May 19, all stores are allowed to open again.
Amazon continues to grow at record rates. Last quarter, both sales and earnings came in well above expectations.
Belgian department store chain INNO is abandoning the prefix Galeria to return to its roots. On 6 May, the retailer will open its digital shopping platform inno.be, an online offer that may be extended to other countries as well.
Auction site eBay has had an exceptional quarter: its turnover rose by 42 % - the biggest growth in sixteen years - following a year in which it was already growing strongly, thanks to the Covid-19 crisis.
Unilever sales rose again in the first quarter, driven by strong demand from China and India. The food business performed excellently, particularly the segment ice cream for consumption at home.
Belgian postal service bpost is looking to sell its retail branch Ubiway (including the Press Shop and Relay chains), as it is no longer part of its core business.
The recent growth acceleration for e-commerce is here to stay: even after the pandemic European shoppers will continue to buy significantly more online. This applies to all age groups, in every product category.