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European online merchants still face barriers when selling abroad
31. May 2016

European online merchants still face barriers when selling abroad

Legal fragmentation, taxation systems (VAT) and logistics/distribution remain the three most difficult barriers to overcome for online merchants selling abroad according to the “Cross-border E-commerce Barometer”.
Amazon Pan-European Fulfilment Programme to boost SME exports to EU countries
30. May 2016

Amazon Pan-European Fulfilment Programme to boost SME exports to EU countries

Amazon has announced the launch of its Pan-European Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) programme. This new service will help sellers of any size export to millions of Amazon customers across the EU more efficiently than ever before.

 

eBay buys Spain’s Ticketbis to expand StubHub’s presence in 47 new markets
27. May 2016

eBay buys Spain’s Ticketbis to expand StubHub’s presence in 47 new markets

Ebay has announced that it has acquiredTicketbis, an international ticket marketplace based out of Bilbao (Spain), which it plans to roll into StubHub, its own ticket marketplace.
European Commission adopts an "E-Commerce package": updates EU audiovisual rules and presents targeted approach to online platforms
26. May 2016

European Commission adopts an "E-Commerce package": updates EU audiovisual rules and presents targeted approach to online platforms

The European Commission yesterday (25 May) tabled a package of measures to allow consumers and companies to buy and sell products and services online more easily and confidently across the EU.
Yoox Net-a-Porter sets its sights on the Middle East with funds from Dubai mall operator
25. May 2016

Yoox Net-a-Porter sets its sights on the Middle East with funds from Dubai mall operator

The online-only luxury retailer Yoox Net-a-Porter (YNAP), that styles itself as the “world’s biggest luxury fashion store”, wants to expand its reach in the Middle East. The deal gives Alabbar Enterprises 4% of Yoox Net-a-Porter.
EU legislators should recognize the role of “online platforms” in driving e-commerce growth in Europe
23. May 2016

EU legislators should recognize the role of “online platforms” in driving e-commerce growth in Europe

In light of the current discussion at European level on “online platforms”, Ecommerce Europe asks EU policy makers to acknowledge the crucial role such platforms play for online marketplaces, shopping malls, intermediaries, search engines and comparison tools in modern B2C, B2B and C2C e-commerce.

 

The importance of a Third-Party to entering China’s e-Commerce market
20. May 2016

The importance of a Third-Party to entering China’s e-Commerce market

With e-commerce exploding across China, businesses from around the world want to enter the fray. According to a study by Accenture and AliResearch, China is expected to become the largest cross border B2C market in the world by 2020, with over 200 million shoppers purchasing US$245 billion worth of imported goods online.
U.S. Treasury White Paper on Online Marketplace Lending: Opportunities and Challenges
18. May 2016

U.S. Treasury White Paper on Online Marketplace Lending: Opportunities and Challenges

The U.S. Treasury Department has issued a white paper regarding the emerging of the online marketplace lending industry. Entitled “Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending”, the document follows a “Request for Information” from 2015 where platforms and industry observers submitted comments to Treasury. Besides, it contains researches and recommendations for the industry.
Ecommerce in Germany expected to reach €66.9bn in 2016
17. May 2016

Ecommerce in Germany expected to reach €66.9bn in 2016

 After reaching an ecommerce turnover worth 59.7 billion euros last year, predictions are this industry will grow by 12 percent in 2016.

 

Amazon has another billion-dollar business, a B2B portal
12. May 2016

Amazon has another billion-dollar business, a B2B portal

Amazon Business hit $1 billion in sales within the first year after its April 2015 launch, and is growing 20% month to month, the company says.
The geographical blocking of eCommerce spreads throughout the EU
09. May 2016

The geographical blocking of eCommerce spreads throughout the EU

Initial findings from the Commission's e-commerce sector inquiry show that geo-blocking is widespread in the EU. This is partly due to unilateral decisions by companies not to sell abroad but also contractual barriers set up by companies preventing consumers from shopping online across EU borders.
Mobile shopping behaviors in Europe
06. May 2016

Mobile shopping behaviors in Europe

Zanox, a German affiliate marketing network that’s active across Europe, has revealed some insights on mobile shopping behaviors across 11 international markets, of which most of them are in Europe. It shows that the United Kingdom and the Nordics top the list of mobile transactions, while Switzerland is at the bottom. This country however, generates the highest average order values in the online travel industry.

 

Facebook’s Instant Articles is now open to all publishers
05. May 2016

Facebook’s Instant Articles is now open to all publishers

As previously announced, Facebook finally has opened its Instant Articles format to all developers. Publishers can add text and images, but also slideshows, audio captions, maps, video and support for Facebook likes and commen.
Swiss Post starts Kaloka, online marketplace for small businesses
04. May 2016

Swiss Post starts Kaloka, online marketplace for small businesses

Swiss Post has started in Bern an online marketplace for small businesses. This platform, called Kaloka, will take care of the entire ecommerce value chain, from online store to logistics. The postal service of Switzerland will also integrate local startups into the project and offers a SMS-butler.

 

Tmall, Mei.com Launch Luxe-goods Flash Sales Channel
03. May 2016

Tmall, Mei.com Launch Luxe-goods Flash Sales Channel

On March 30th, Mei.com and Alibaba launched the TMALL Luxury Flash-Sale Channel with a live-streamed fashion show event featuring 42 looks, all immediately shoppable through the new channel.
China Changes Online Import Tax Rules, a Move to Help Cosmetics
02. May 2016

China Changes Online Import Tax Rules, a Move to Help Cosmetics

China is changing tax rules for imported goods that are sold online in a move that will see beauty products such as eye creams and moisturising gels from L’Oreal SA’s Lancome and Korea’s Amorepacific Corp. becoming cheaper for Chinese consumers.
WeMarket launches B2B marketplace
29. April 2016

WeMarket launches B2B marketplace

WeMarket has officially launched its B2B marketplace. International buyers and sellers can do business with each other on this online platform, without having to deal with private customers. The Dutch website is an initiative of one of the founders of file transfer website WeTransfer.

 

Amazon plans two-hour delivery in Berlin
28. April 2016

Amazon plans two-hour delivery in Berlin

Berlin may be the second city in Europe where Amazon delivers goods within two hours after an order has been placed. The American retail giant is said to prepare the launch of its two-hour delivery service in the German capital. Amazon already offers such offering in London.
In a First, Alibaba Joins Global Anti-Counterfeit Group
26. April 2016

In a First, Alibaba Joins Global Anti-Counterfeit Group

Alibaba Group has become the first e-commerce company to join the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC), the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to fighting product counterfeiting and piracy, as the China-based e-commerce giant seeks greater cooperation with global brands to curtail the online sale of fake goods.

 

Amazon Introduces Style Code Live
25. April 2016

Amazon Introduces Style Code Live

Free, live interactive show brings viewers the latest trends in fashion and beauty.

 

Ecommerce in South Korea
22. April 2016

Ecommerce in South Korea

South Korea is a hotly competitive ecommerce market. Consumers there often prefer marketplaces, such as 11street, shown above, as well as aggressive discounts and loyalty-reward programs.

 

Facebook revolutionizes Business Messenger features
21. April 2016

Facebook revolutionizes Business Messenger features

Marc Zukerberg, Facebook’s founder, has announced “bots” for Facebook Messenger. Bots are humanlike robots built with AI algorithms that can interact between the user and business.
Alibaba Invests $1 billion in Leading SE Asia Ecommerce Site Lazada
19. April 2016

Alibaba Invests $1 billion in Leading SE Asia Ecommerce Site Lazada

Alibaba Group’s drive to generate more business from international e-commerce got a significant boost today when the Hangzhou, China-based company announced it has agreed to acquire a controlling stake in Lazada Group, a top Southeast Asia e-commerce platform.
Ecommerce in Switzerland was worth 6.6 billion euros in 2015
18. April 2016

Ecommerce in Switzerland was worth 6.6 billion euros in 2015

The shift of stationary retail to online trading continues and that cross-border ecommerce is gaining importance increasingly.

 

New website Ecommerce Europe Trustmark online
15. April 2016

New website Ecommerce Europe Trustmark online

The Ecommerce Europe Association has released the new website for its Ecommerce Europe Trustmark. With the website, the pan-European online retail association wants to give consumers a place where they can read in full what their rights are and what commitments the online retailer has made.

 

Western Europe’s share of global ecommerce to decline
14. April 2016

Western Europe’s share of global ecommerce to decline

Western Europe is the second largest B2C ecommerce region in the world in terms of sales and is set to retain this position through 2019. But, due to an expanding share of Asia-Pacific, Western Europe is predicted to lose about one percentage point in its share of global B2C ecommerce. Nevertheless, it will still account for one quarter of the world’s ecommerce sales.
Amazon plans two-hour delivery in Berlin
13. April 2016

Amazon plans two-hour delivery in Berlin

Berlin may be the second city in Europe where Amazon delivers goods within two hours after an order has been placed. The American retail giant is said to prepare the launch of its two-hour delivery service in the German capital. Amazon already offers such offering in London.

 

UK shipping platform Zenstores adds WooCommerce support
11. April 2016

UK shipping platform Zenstores adds WooCommerce support

Zenstores, a British shipping platform for online sellers, has today launched an integration with WooCommerce, according to Builtwith the most popular ecommerce platform on the web. Ecommerce sellers with a WordPress site can now manage orders and dispatch items more easily.

 

Alibaba boosts virtual reality in their eCommerce services
08. April 2016

Alibaba boosts virtual reality in their eCommerce services

Alibaba has formally thrown its hat into the virtual reality ring after the Chinese eCommerce giant announced the launch of its in-house VR research lab, dubbed GnomeMagic Lab.
The main reason shoppers abandon their online purchases in Europe is high shipping costs
07. April 2016

The main reason shoppers abandon their online purchases in Europe is high shipping costs

The European market has a high rate of shopping cart abandonment.

 

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