Charlie Temple, a Dutch online optician belonging to the GrandVision group, is expanding to two more markets: Austria and Belgium.
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Today sees the start of the Belgian Deliveroo trial, regarding the status of couriers, some of whom are still self-employed. The CEO of the delivery company's Belgian branch has threatened to end his activities.
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Belgian Deliveroo customers can, as of now, order their meals and pick them up at seventy restaurants in Brussels. If this trial is successful, the project will most likely be expanded to other cities as well.
According to initial estimates, American consumers have spent around 9.4 billion dollars (8.5 billion euros) on online purchases on Cyber Monday. That day has now broken the Black Friday record and becomes be the second biggest bargain day of the year.
Avail, a new social e-commerce platform, was launched today to bring together emerging fashion brands and fashion lovers. It is an initiative of entrepreneur Wouter Torfs and the Belgian venture capital fund 9.5 Ventures.
During the first half of the year, e-commerce in Belgium grew by 7% compared to the same period last year. This is illustrated by figures from BeCommerce Market Monitor.
Ahold Delhaize, in cooperation with Hanshow Technology, is to equip all of its European stores with electronic shelf-edge labelling. Both companies also want to develop new digital 'in-store' services and explore possibilities together.
The Ikea store in Eindhoven is testing the consequences of not letting people pay in cash any more. If successful, the test may be expanded to other Dutch stores too.
Meal box delivery company Deliveroo has seen its Belgian turnover go up 16 % last year, to 16.8 million euros, and hopes to reach profitability in the next few years.
Fashion brand McGregor will be returning to the streets in Belgium and the Netherlands. The label is about to open six stores in the two countries in the coming autumn.
Raf van den Heuvel has been appointed as the new general manager of Albert Heijn Belgium. On 1 August the current commercial director will take over the position of Luc de Baets, who is set to leave the company.
Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo has confirmed it will open its first three Belgian stores before the end of the year. The three locations are Lanaken, Pelt and Rijkevorsel, unsurprisingly all near Belgium's northeastern border with the Netherlands.
Belgium has always been very keen on cross-border e-commerce, but a report now reveals that all of the ten biggest web shops in the country are in foreign hands.
Makro Belgium will receive another 40 million euros from German parent company Metro, but that may well be the final lifeline. The Germans' patience with the loss-making Belgian branch is wearing thin: without a quick improvement the branch may be closed.
Dutch chain Jumbo is preparing its conquest of Belgium in silence, but our editor-in-chief has found out which six towns will be among the first to welcome the yellow supermarket chain, based on permit procedures and other documents.
Belgian viticulture had to deal with weak weather conditions for the second year in a row. Nevertheless, the industry has performed well, with a 12 % production increase and a growing number of growers.