The Belgian Ministry of Economy has managed to seize a record number of counterfeit products, worth 23.6 million euro. With 625,809 items, the haul is some 50 % more than in 2012: the collaboration with the Belgian Anti-Piracy Federation resulted in the elimination of a huge number of illegal internet links.
Record number of counterfeit products seized in Belgium
Negotiators for the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Commission reached an agreement on a geoblocking ban. With geoblocking, web shops could exclude visitors from other countries.
Store chain Hema has major plans for Germany: in the next three years, it will open at least seventy new stores, which is a huge increase compared to the eleven it currently has in the country. Hema also targets shop-in-shops and stores in train stations.
According to certain sources, Amazon is currently hiring construction managers and marketers for its Amazon Go team. This move may suggest that the cashierless supermarket concept may be ready for prime time – for real this time.
Turnover for the top 100 web shops in Belgium grew 13.5 % from 3.7 to 4.2 billion euro. Digital sales for food items and household products have increased considerably.
Toy giant Mattel has allegedly turned down competitor Hasbro’s bid, according to press agency Reuters’ anonymous sources close to the deal. It is still unclear what the repercussions would be.
For the first time ever, Henkel will pass the fifteen billion euro turnover milestone for the first nine months of the year. The company will also increase its turnover and profit forecast on the back of these excellent performances.