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German Otto Group continues to soar

German online company Otto Group saw its turnover grow 10.9 % to 7.76 billion euro in the past fiscal year. The former mail order company will continue to invest in start-ups and technology.

Decent profit increase for JD.com
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Chinese online retailer JD.com has grown strongly in 2017: turnover grew nearly 50 % and it was profitable again. The company also expects to exceed a 30 % growth pace in 2018’s first quarter.

Rakuten ditches Priceminister brand
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Rakuten has decided to get rid of its French brand Priceminister and absorb it into Rakuten, similar to what it did tot British Play.com.

Takeaway.com acquires Eastern European competitors
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Fast food supplier Takeaway.com acquired its Bulgarian competitor BGmenu and its Romanian competitor Oliviera in yet another step towards its goal of being the European market leader.

Colruyt joins PostNL's grocery service
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The mailman will deliver groceries every two weeks from now on: PostNL will collaborate with new grocery service Stockon in the Netherlands. A remarkable fact is that its private label brands are Boni, which is Belgian supermarket chain Colruyt’s private label.

Strong growth for Chinese e-commerce once again
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There was another strong increase in the Chinese online market last year: compared to 2016, it achieved an astonishing 32 % growth. In that regard, China is performing exceptionally online.

European Union bans geoblocking

Consumers can no longer automatically be diverted to another website or be blocked from visiting a website abroad. The European Parliament reached an agreement on this issue and the ban will probably go in effect later this year.

JD.com is looking at Europe
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Chinese JD.Com has plans to conquer Europe soon, which would make it a serious competitor for Amazon. The web shop’s first European market will most likely be France.

Rocket Internet wants to go public with Home24
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Rocket Internet wants to go public with its furniture web shop Home24 in the summer. During the next few months, it will work tirelessly to improve the web shop’s results.

Carrefour buys stake in Showroomprivé

Carrefour has obtained a 17 % minority stake in flash sale seller Showroomprivé with the intent of increasing its digital and non-food reach. Former shareholder Conforama did suffer a loss.

Will free home delivery disappear?
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A growing number of online orders also brings additional pressure on the logistical industry. Free home delivery can no longer be maintained according to research company ECC Köln. More flexible options should be installed.

Amazon brings its private labels to Europe
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After it introduced Amazon Prime to an increased number of European markets, Amazon is now bringing in its own FMCG private labels. Over the past few weeks, the online department store launched several private label products in Europe and it has plans for even more. 

Amazon Echo is now available in the Benelux
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Amazon announced it will ship its smart speaker Amazon Echo to another 28 countries, including Belgium and the Netherlands. Its own music streaming service will also get a local launch.

Luxury manufacturers can block retailers from selling on Amazon
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Luxury product manufactures can block retailers from selling their merchandise on online marketplaces like Amazon. The European Court of Justice has ruled on the matter after cosmetics manufacturer Coty filed a complaint.

Surge in mobile sales during Thanksgiving weekend
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During Thanksgiving weekend in the United States, which contains Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there was a big surge in mobile sales. Those two days saw a total sales figure of almost twelve billion dollar (just shy of ten billion euro).

Alibaba reveals its high-tech store of the future
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Amazon Go’s automated supermarkets have not yet arrived, but Alibaba already has its answers ready. The Chinese online retailer has showcased Tmall Supermart, filled with technology: from virtual fitting rooms to facial recognition.

Rakuten bridges gap to Japanese online consumer

In Alibaba and Amazon’s shadow, Japanese Rakuten Ichiba is quickly developing. Several Western chains are using the platform to sell their products to Japanese online consumers.

Whole Foods contributes to Amazon's enormous turnover increase
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American Amazon’s third quarter turnover grew a lot once more, partially thanks to Whole Foods. This was the first time the chain’s turnover was added to Amazon’s overall turnover.

More than half of American families subscribed at Amazon

An astonishing ninety million Americans have joined Amazon’s subscription program, Amazon Prime. Considering there are 126 million families in the United States, it is clear that Amazon has a tight grip on its home territory. What can Europe learn from this?

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