More and more women prefer to dress elegantly without being too exposed. The 'modest fashion' movement is one of the fastest growing trends in the fashion world. A silent fashion revolution, thanks to #metoo.
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Blabla Belgium, a new Belgian label with humorous slogans in French, has expressed plans to be present in physical stores and even expand abroad, after the successful start of their online store.
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C&A has introduced its webshop to another eleven countries, instantly more than doubling the range of its online activities. Denmark, Finland, Greece and Sweden are completely new markets, where the chain doesn't have physical stores yet.
Dutch clothing brand Tumble ’N Dry will head to China in September, with its own web shop on Alibaba subsidiary, Tmall. It will become the first non-European market for the brand.
Two American entrepreneurs have come up with an interesting new formula. Everything in their web shop, called Brandless, is priced at three dollars. The price is that low because they have cut a lot of costs.
Retailers expect eCommerce to contribute positively, but unlike their customers, they are not willing to switch to new technologies as fast. The Netherlands are pioneers, but Belgium lags behind according to HR service provider SD Worx’ European survey.
English language web shops often decide to create a version in French or German, but the third most popular language is not some other global language: rather it's Dutch, which trumps Spanish at third palce.
Belgian chocolate manufacturer Guylian, mostly known for its seafood chocolates, has launched its own web shop in order to present a more varied product range.
German discounter Aldi wants to conquer China, starting with the launch of a Chinese web shop. This will however mean competing with local giants Alibaba and JD.com.
Danish furniture chain JYSK has decided to expand its online reach to a whole range of new countries. Previously, only Northern Europe had access to its products online, but now the company has an online presence in 18 countries.
Swedish furniture chain Ikea wants to launch a web shop and a smaller store concept in Belgium, which will mainly serve as pick-up locations for online orders. Ikea announced these measures in the wake of good sales reports in its fiscal year 2016.
Products that receive positive reviews on web shops not only generate more sales, but also end up being returned more often, a study shows. High expectations also lead to an increased customer dissatisfaction.
Fashion chain Esprit will no longer deliver online orders to customers that return over 90 % of their ordered items. The company says it needs to do enforce this policy to ensure its free return policy remains viable in the future.
An increasing number of Dutch consumers is ordering online at foreign web shops: nearly 25 % of them ordered something at a foreign web shop in 2015, which represents a 513 million euro turnover.
Starting today, Belgian customers can shop online at Lidl. The discounter has experimented with online sales in Germany for several years now and has now stepped abroad for the first time, with Belgium as the first other country to welcome its web shop.
Dutch textile discount chain Zeeman will invest a lot into its stores this year, while it also seeks further European expansion on top of eCommerce trials. The goal is to turn around the very first turnover drop in a few years.