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Singles' Day alters the global retail calendar, even here

Move aside Christmas turnover, Singles’ Day is the world’s largest shopping holiday – by far. Alibaba generated a 22 billion euro turnover in a single day and even Bol.com took advantage of the day. Are we heading to a new retail calendar?

This is how online retailers can beat Amazon Prime

Market research firm SmarterHQ says Amazon’s bond with consumers is razor-thin and they would quickly abandon their subscription if the advantages proved to be too meagre. This should present opportunities to the competition.

Amazon launches first own furniture brand

American eCommerce giant Amazon has once more launched new private labels. This time, it has entered the sports clothing and furniture industries with its own brands.

Amazon introduces Prime to Belgium and the Netherlands

Amazon still does not have a complete web shop in Dutch, but that does not stop the American eCommerce giant to launch new services in the region. Starting today, Amazon Prime is available in the whole of Belgium and the Netherlands.

Amazon shuts down two Whole Foods stores in UK
  • Published in Food

Amazon has decided to shut down two Whole Foods stores in the United Kingdom, which are incidentally the only two stores it had outside of London.

Amazon adds augmented reality to its app

Amazon added new functionality to its mobile app: augmented reality. With “AR-view”, consumers can see thousands of items in their own house prior to a purchase.

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
  • Published in m-Tail

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?

Amazon prepares own sports clothing collection

Amazon is allegedly planning its own collections of sports clothing, having contacted manufacturers working for chains like Gap and Uniqlo. These are currently only producing small numbers of clothing for testing purposes.

Amazon opens pop-up bar in Tokyo

Amazon will open a pop-up bar in Tokyo’s Ginza district in order to promote liquors it has on its web shop. It will be the first time Amazon opens its very own bar.

Amazon acquired 3D body scan startup

Amazon acquired the Body Labs startup, which specializes in 3D body models, for about 50 to 70 million dollars (42 – 60 million euro).

Amazon needs to pay Europe 250 million euros in back taxes

The European Commission had some bad news for American Amazon: it needs to pay an additional 250 million euro in taxes because the Commission feels it enjoyed illegal state aid from Luxembourg for many years.

Amazon approaches European supermarket chains
  • Published in Food

Following its Whole Foods acquisition in the United States, Amazon is now planning on conquering the European food market. It has already contacted French and British supermarket chains; E.Leclerc is the first to confirm the attempts.

"Amazon eyes Carrefour acquisition"
  • Published in Food

According to a French business paper, Amazon is eyeing to acquire Carrefour in an attempt to increase its foothold in Europe. Carrefour's share suddenly became one of the biggest risers in the Paris stock exchange, even though no proof of the intents has yet been released.

Price cuts drive 25 % more customers to Whole Foods
  • Published in Food

Supermarket chain Whole Foods welcomed an additional 25 % of customers in the first few days following Amazon’s price cuts.

Amazon's fashion brand head to Europe

American Amazon presented its first collection for women to be sold in Europe. The clothing, part of the Find brand, will be sold in Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Spain.

Analysis: price is merely the entry ticket for Amazon and Whole Foods
  • Published in Food

Amazon’s drastic price cuts for Whole Foods are merely a first step in a larger conquest plan. Innovation is the real key, analysts feel.

Does Ahold Delhaize have a future in the United States?
  • Published in Food

Over the past few months, Ahold Delhaize’s share had to deal with plenty of setbacks, mainly because of Amazon’s competition. Investor group VEB says the supermarket company has listed a few outcomes for the Belgo-Dutch group.

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