Is Amazon's German marketplace worth 10 billion euros? The platform seller may have given away its German turnover by accident, but the company denies the figures.
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In most European countries the costs of shoplifting are stagnating, but in Belgium they are on the rise again. Especially supermarkets are a target. Belgian retailers lost 900 million in thefts, their Dutch colleagues saw double that amount disappear.
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Graham Harris has been confirmed as CEO at Dutch online department store Wehkamp. Harris had been CEO 'ad interim' after the departure of Piet Coelewij in April.
Dutch bol.com has emphasised its expansion plans for Belgium by opening a new head office in Antwerp, where current and future partners can meet. By 2021, Dutch and Belgian partners will account for more than half of all sales on the platform that is part of retail giant Ahold Delhaize.
The Belgian e-commerce sector keeps on growing: during the first three months of 2019, online turnover went up 8 % as the number of online purchases even rose 18 %. Beauty products are the fastest growing sector in the online trade of physical products.
Toy manufacturer Mattel has rejected a takeover bid from American competitor MGA Entertainment for the second time, even though Barbie has certainly seen better days.
CEO Alan Jope thinks Unilever should widen its brand portfolio, as society diversifies and it becomes increasingly difficult to be relevant to a large number of people.
The German ministry for the environment wants to bring an end to the destruction of unsold and returned products. Currently, four procent of all returned goods end up as rubbish.
British department store chain Debenhams is implementing an intense recovery plan with some vigour: fifty stores will have to close, thirty others will be downsized.
E-commerce continues its double-figure growth in Europe: online turnover this year is expected to climb 13 % to 621 billion euros as many people's fear to buy online is clearly evaporating.
Canadian Hudson’s Bay Company wants to leave Europe and the stock exchange. The Dutch stores are an exception and remain part of the company - for now.
Waterstones owner and private investment company Elliott Management has acquired American bookstore chain Barnes & Noble. As a result, the chain will be taken off the stock market.
Bart Van Malderen, former CEO of Belgian diaper producer Ontex, is not only competing against his former company with his own Drylock, but has become the biggest shareholder of German diaper webshop Lillydoo.
This summer, RetailDetail is offering you a glimpse into the future of shopping, with an inspirational tour in the retailhub and/or a retailhunt through Antwerp. An English language tour, open to individual subscribers, will take place on 20 August.
Despite the harsh climate for toy stores, ToyChamp is expanding rapidly in Low Countries. In the next month, the chain is to open three new stores in Antwerp (Belgium), Leeuwarden and Helmond (both in the Netherlands). More openings are still on the cards.
The list of biggest retailers in the world is dominated by American companies, with Walmart and Amazon at the top. While challengers from China are continuing to rise, Belgian-Dutch Ahold Delhaize climbes to fourteenth.