Not even 18 months into its online strategy, British discounter Poundland has announced it will shut down its web shop and focus on the physical stores again.
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Amazon has transformed its Amazon Dash into a virtual version for its website. Amazon will give customers advice, but they can also add their own versions of the button that allows them to order a particular product instantly.
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British clothing web shop Asos achieved tremendous growth across the European mainland and the United States in its fourth quarter. There was also strong growth in the United Kingdom, where its new, low-price strategy is paying off.
British online electronics store AO grew 28.4 % in Europe over the course of the third quarter. It is also much better than its performance at home, where it achieved an 8.9 % growth.
German online retailers Otto and Zalando are currently the largest online fashion retailers in Western Europe, with a market share of respectively 6.2 and 6.1 %, but Amazon is inching closer and already claims 5.7 % of the market.
Last year, two out of every three Europeans have bought something online, rising from 50 % in 2007. Belgians score slightly higher than the European average, while the Dutch perform way better and Britons top the table.
19 December was for both bol.com and Coolblue the busiest day ever. Bol.com mainly took advantage of the additional Belgian customers.
German shoe brand Tamaris launched a series of web shops all across Europe this week, bringing its total of web shops to 19.
Discounter Lidl is trialing a new formula in Berlin: Lidl Express. It carries a smaller product range than normal, but is also a pick-up point for online orders.
Citizens in the European Union should be able to buy something online in another European country much more easily. The European Ministers of Economy reached an agreement in this regard, but now the European Parliament still has to do the same.
British electronics web shop AO World has had a good first semester, with a 25 % turnover increase and a profit, following an onerous fiscal year.
Instagram has announced new sales options on its blog: a number of brands can now add a special tag to their images, which gives followers the option to directly buy the item.
American department store chain Walmart placed a tower in one of its stores, capable of distributing online orders automatically. Customers need only share their order number to get their own package.
German supermarket chain Lidl continues its web shop expansion, including fresh fruit and vegetables from December onward. However, only customers in the Berlin region will be able to buy these items for the time being.
Redcoon has closed most of its web shops on Friday, including those in Belgium and the Netherlands. Customers can no longer order from the site or request a repair.