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Amazon is working on several physical store formulas
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Amazon has had a number of physical book stores for a while now and Amazon Go is its cash register-free supermarket formula, but according to insiders, it has several more store formulas prepared.

Australian company now owns Kleding.nl
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Australian Mitula Group has acquired clothing search engine Kleding.nl and affiliate company Fashiola for 11 million euro. Despite its new owner, Kleding BV will continue to operate autonomously.

Amazon and Zalando fined for misleading online promotions
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Nineteen web shops, including Zalando, H&M and Amazon, were fined 2.4 million euro in France because of misleading promotions.

Amazon will create 15,000 European jobs in 2017
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American online powerhouse Amazon aims to create 15,000 new jobs in Europe this year (among which 2,000 in Germany, 1,500 in France and 5,000 jobs in the United Kingdom), as the company looks to expand its logistics network and other services.

Google Home adds shopping
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Google Home, which is Google's voice assistant, has added a shopping functionality to its options, taking on Amazon's Alexa.

Amazon looking for store space in London
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Sources indicate Amazon is looking for store space in London, apparently to open an Amazon Go supermarket someday. This particular type of supermarket, with only 1 existing store in Seattle, has no cash registers.

VidaXL builds enormous distribution center
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Web shop vidaXL has announced the construction of a 100,000 sqm distribution center in Venlo and at the same, its web shop network will be opened for other parties.

Juttu wins bpost Omnichannel Award 2017
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At RetailDetail's Omnichannel Congress, Juttu triumphed over Hunkemöller and Media Markt to win the bpost Omnichannel Award 2017. 

Amazon organizes its own ocean freight from China to the United States
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American online giant Amazon has taken control of another part of its logistics chain: it now also handles ocean freights from China to the United States.

3Suisses may get new owner
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French former mailorder giant 3Suisses has entered exclusive acquisition talks with Lille-based eCommerce company Domoti. Both companies know each other well already because Domoti acquired 3SI's linen brand Becquet in the spring of last year.

Alibaba exceeds expectations and increases turnover forecast
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Chinese online giant Alibaba increased its full-year turnover forecast after it managed more than 50 % growth in its previous quarter, exceeding everyone's expectations.

Alibaba collaborates with brands to deal with counterfeit
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Chinese online giant Alibaba has joined forces with several major brands, including Swarovski, Louis Vuitton and Samsung, in an attempt to curb counterfeit sales.

Zalando surpasses 1 billion euro milestone in fourth quarter
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German fashion web shop Zalando generated a turnover between 1.086 and 1.094 billion euro in the fourth quarter, up nearly 25 % and the first time its quarterly turnover surpassed 1 billion euro.

Omnichannel retail: Media Markt is up to speed!
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One of the nominees for the bpost Omnichannel Award at RetailDetail's omnichannel congress on 2 February is Media Markt. We talked to Philippe Depautex, omnichannel and eCommerce director for the electronics chain.

Alibaba acquires department store chain Intime
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Chinese online giant Alibaba has joined forces with Intime Retail Group’s founder to acquire the Chinese department store operator for 2.4 billion euro.

Walmart buys ShoeBuy to help Jet.com fight Amazon
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American retail chain Walmart has just acquired online shoe retailer ShoeBuy to help its other recent acquisition, Jet.com, gain a foothold in the online struggle against competitor Amazon. ShoeBuy in itself is also a rival to Amazon's Zappos.

Google assists BMW and GAP with virtual shopping
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In collaboration with BMW and GAP, Google displayed several new augmented reality applications at the CES convention in Las Vegas, allowing users to check products in virtual reality.

Amazon considers zeppelin as a distribution center
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American online retailer Amazon is thinking about zeppelins as a forward distribution center. These could then launch drones to supply customers.

Alibaba invests billions in media and entertainment
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Chinese internet giant Alibaba is to invest around seven billion euro in the expansion of its media and entertainment branch, the division's new CEO Yu Yongfu said.

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