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In the first half of its fiscal year 2016, HelloFresh managed to more than double its turnover compared to the year before, but on the other hand, its losses also doubled.

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In a move to counter Etsy, Amazon has added its Handmade at Amazon platform, which sells hand-made items, to its websites in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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Rocket Internet, the internet group founded by the German Samwer brothers, has posted more than disappointing results over the past six months: the company losses surpassed 500 million euro.

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German consumer organization Verbraucherzentrale has announced to sue Amazon because of its Amazon Dash launch, as it feels the order button violates several laws.

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A European Commission report says online trade provides more transparency, price competition and means for manufacturers to sell directly to consumers. On the other hand it also creates more trade obstructions and the disadvantages of free-riding.

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Amazon has plans to considerably increase its presence in physical retail, with dozens more pop-up stores in shopping centres all across the United States over the next 12 months alone.

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Rocket Internet, the German start-up incubator and owner of Zalando, has suffered a huge loss in the first half of 2016. The valuation of its fashion start-ups fell sharply, from 3 to 1 billion euro.

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Dutch Amazon.de customers will now be able to browse the site in their own native language. Customer service is now also made available in Dutch.

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German online retailer Zalando will shut down its Parisian office, the only office location outside of Berlin. From now on, every French decision will be made from Berlin.

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Alibaba Group's payment service, Alipay, signed a deal with Ingenico Group, granting it access to many of Europe's major retailers. In return, these will be able to accept Alipay as a payment service.

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German online animal store Zooplus' performance in the first half of 2016 was very strong, which is why it has decided to increase its full-year turnover forecast to 900 million euro.

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Amazon is set to launch its own cooking show in Japan, with a chef who prepares several local specialties. Viewers can order several dishes from the show directly on Amazon.

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Chinese eCommerce group Alibaba's first quarter turnover grew more than expected, almost 60 % higher than last year's first quarter.

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Products that receive positive reviews on web shops not only generate more sales, but also end up being returned more often, a study shows. High expectations also lead to an increased customer dissatisfaction.

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Online retailer ASOS is currently facing a lot of criticism after a British MP demanded a investigation into XPO, one of its logistical subcontractors. According to the claim, working conditions would be appalling, a claim Asos vehemently denied.

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Online market place Etsy, which focuses mainly on vintage and artisan products, is growing very fast: gross sales were up more than 22 % on the back of double digit growth for both active buyers and sellers.

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In its past quarter, German fashion web shop Zalando performed very well once more. Turnover grew 25 % to 916 million euro and its gross profit tripled to 77 million euro, thanks to the mobile shoppers.

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Just a year after Media-Saturn launched the Biwigo.de web shop, mainly focused on household appliances, it decided to shut it down again. All customers will now be diverted to Redcoon.

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British supermarket chain Morrisons expanded its deal with Ocado Group, so that it can ramp up its online presence even more. Customers all across the United Kingdom will soon be able to order online.

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