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Amazon now delivers packages to car trunks
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From now on, Amazon delivers orders to the trunk of your car. The retail and technology giant has given its Prime subscribers access to get packaged delivered to the trunk of their car, without any additional costs. The service is currently limited to the United States.

Dutch Beate Uhse division not bankrupt after all
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German Beate Uhse’s Dutch subsidiary has not gone bankrupt after all and will continue its activities in both Belgium and the Netherlands. The company revealed the information itself after bankruptcy rumours surfaced.

Amazon often cheaper than Dutch competitors
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Products that are available on both Dutch web shops and Amazon.de, are cheaper at Amazon in about half the cases. Not only do Dutch stores compete with Amazon.de, which ships to the Netherlands, but there are also rumours that Amazon.nl and Amazon.be will soon become more active.

Trump targets Amazon
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President Donald Trump has apparently targeted Amazon as his new enemy. He feels the retail giant is taking advantage of the U.S. Postal Service, something he wishes to remedy with a series of new rules and legislation.

Amazon undisputed ruler of French online world
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Amazon is the undisputed leader of the French online world thanks to a 5.6 billion euro turnover and a 19 % market share. According to Kantar Worldpanel, the overall online market in France was worth 30 billion euro in 2017.

Retail is main driver of artificial intelligence innovations
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Retail companies will invest about 2.76 billion euro in artificial intelligence this year. According to research firm IDC, they are the main driver for AI worldwide, ahead of the banking sector.

Amazon and Monoprix will collaborate
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Amazon will make a huge leap forward in France, thanks to a new collaboration with the French chain Monoprix. A large section of the latter’s product range will soon become available to Amazon Prime Now subscribers.

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.