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European web shop growth stagnates
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The number of companies with an online sales channel in the European Union has stagnated. The study shows that many companies are hesitant to sell abroad, because they fear fraudulent activity.

Amazon launches physical payment solution Amazon Pay Places
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Amazon launched Amazon Pay Places in a limited amount of locations, which enables users of Amazon’s mobile app to place orders and check out in physical locations.

 Blokker adds household appliance specialist AO.nl to Nextail

Blokker Holding’s online organization, Nextail, will enter a strategic collaboration with online household appliance specialist AO.nl’s Dutch division.

Everything costs 3 dollars in Brandless web shop
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Two American entrepreneurs have come up with an interesting new formula. Everything in their web shop, called Brandless, is priced at three dollars. The price is that low because they have cut a lot of costs.

Dutch eCommerce industry faces shortage of employees
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Dutch eCommerce companies struggle to find sufficient employees to handle the industry’s growth. More than half of the companies have job openings that can hardly be filled.

Alibaba launches its own intelligent speaker
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Chinese Alibaba has now also entered the intelligent speaker market, following Amazon, Apple and Google. Its main attraction is that the speaker is a lot cheaper than the competition. A small group can now trial the device for one month.

Media-Saturn wants to turn back Redcoon acquisition
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Media-Saturn has adopted a very peculiar strategy to get web shop Redcoon’s losses to disappear. It filed a lawsuit to retroactively cancel its 2011 acquisition.

Europe hands Google record fine
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According to the European Commission, Google took advantage of its market position to more prominently feature its own products in the search results. The fine is an astonishing 2.42 billion euro.

Metro Group invests in mobile payment solution
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German Metro Group invested in British start-up Yoyo Wallet, a rapidly-growing European mobile payment service. Together with other companies, Metro Group invested 14 million euro in Yoyo Wallet.

Ikea launches store on Amazon
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Only a week after Ikea’s announcement about third party sales, the Swedish furniture store chain reveals its own store on Amazon, filled with an extensive product range.

Alibaba CFO forecasts enormous turnover growth
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Chinese internet giant Alibaba expects its turnover to grow 45 to 49 % in the current fiscal year, according to CFO Maggie Wu in an investor call.

European Commission may fine Google
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Google will possibly get a huge fine from the European Commission, following a seven-year investigation. The internet giant allegedly benefited its Google Shopping results in its own search results.

Strong online FMCG sales in 2016
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Online sales for “fast moving consumer goods” have grown 26 % in 2016 and now represent 35 % of its total global turnover growth.

Tesco executes a first robot-powered delivery
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For the first time in its history, British supermarket chain Tesco home-delivered a customer’s online order using a robot

JD.com fully focused on drones
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Chinese JD.com will build the largest Chinese logistics network for drones after reaching a deal with the Shaanxi province’s board. Some drones should even be able to carry 1,000 kilos.

Last mile delivery sparks fiery battle
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In the United States, there is a fiery ongoing battle between Amazon and Walmart regarding the lowest possible shipping cost to reach the consumer. “A standardized package label is a talking point in the United States, but things are not that advanced as in Europe.”

Jet.com trials pop-up supermarket
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Jet.com, part of department store chain Walmart’s group, opened a pop-up store in New York, specifically for groceries, at concept store Story.

LVMH launches own multi-brand web shop
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French luxury group LVMH has devised a web shop called 24Sevres.com, that will focus on its own luxury brands and leave a space for other brands as well. The new online platform will launch on 6 June in seventy countries.

Cara Pils available on Alibaba
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Belgian group Colruyt has made its Cara Pils and other private labels available on Chinese eCommerce giant Alibaba’s platforms, but for the time being, only professional customers can acquire Colruyt’s brands.

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