A recent study found that contents and quality of food products can be different throughout the European Union. The EU now demands the practice be stopped.
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Disposable plastic items such as straws, cutlery, plates or cotton swabs will be banned in the EU a little more than two years from now. EuroCommerce responds by pointing out that everyone involved will have to contribute to make that goal succeed.
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Is Amazon getting an unjust advantage from the data of online retailers selling through its marketplace? The European Committee has started a preliminary investigation to find out, according to European commissioner Margrethe Vestager.
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.
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.
The number of companies with an online sales channel in the European Union has stagnated. The study shows that many companies are hesitant to sell abroad, because they fear fraudulent activity.
Research firm GfK’s recent stu
A week after Brussels targeted American clothing brand Guess, Nike, Universal Studios and Sanrio are now also being examined. They all may have breached the European Union’s regulations regarding sales across borders and online sales.
An analysis by a German research firm predicts discounter Aldi may be Europe’s second largest supermarket company by 2020, as it would overtake major companies like Carrefour, Tesco and Metro.
Six major multinationals, including Coca-Cola, Mars and Mondelez, are working on a new label to inform consumers about their products' nutritional value.
In the third quarter of 2016, European consumer spending on daily purchases like food, drinks and beauty care products only grew slightly. In Belgium and the Netherlands rising prices compensated for a drop in volume, but in the UK both went down.
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.
European consumers' purchase power went up 0.3 % in 2016 compared to the year before. However, there are major differences between the 42 countries, with people from Liechtenstein earning 80 times more than Ukranians.
British cosmetics group Lush is moving its European production to Germany because of the result of the British EU membership referendum.
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.
Retail parks' appeal continues to grow, both with retailers and shoppers all across Europe. Relatively low costs and easy accessibility are important drivers of growth. The mixture of rental parties is also evolving.