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Impact of second lockdown on e-commerce in Europe
E-commerce has become a lifeline for many physical retailers in Europe that had to close their doors during the COVID-19 outbreak. Currently, these brick-and-mortar businesses can continue their activities online...
January 28, 2021
Cross-border e-commerce in UK saw 57% increase
There was an overall 57% year-on-year increase in cross-border e-commerce sales in the UK in 2020, according to IMRG. The peak holiday trading period in November experienced a 42% YoY like-for-like...
January 27, 2021
E-commerce grew by 46% in 2020
E-commerce sales grew by 46% in 2020, compared to the previous year - the strongest increase since 2008. Within that, online food sales saw the greatest increase, growing by 79.3%,...
January 22, 2021
COVID-19 impact on e-commerce
COVID-19 demanded a lot of changes in the way people live their daily lives. One of the most extreme measurements introduced is the lockdown. It spread to the global level...
January 18, 2021
E-commerce Poland breaks records
The COVID-19 outbreak caused online spending to increase by almost 25% in Poland. This year could bring significantly better results, many sectors are just discovering the advantages of selling online....
January 15, 2021
Online sales in Belgium grew just as fast in lockdown as in reopening stores
The COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 gave a huge boost to the purchase of products online. As it turned out, it was not only in periods of lockdown. During the easing...
January 12, 2021
COVID-19 fuels 50% increase in omnichannel shopping
The COVID-19 outbreak has democratized e-commerce for all types of consumers, according to Nielsen. Over 18 million CPG buyers (and counting) in the US have flooded the online space since...
January 7, 2021
The Age of Discovery Commerce
Online shopping boomed during the COVID-19 outbreak. This will not change after the crisis. Research done by Facebook shows that 49% of people want to continue to buy online after the COVID-19...
January 6, 2021
Takeback Monday: a peak in returns
Monday the 4 January 2021, has been dubbed 'Takeback Monday'. This is because returns of online purchases are predicted to increase by 63%. This is compared to the average number...
January 4, 2021
Black Friday has permanently evolved into Black Week
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is traditionally seen in the United States as the start of the holidays and has permanently evolved into Black Week. In the Netherlands, the...
December 30, 2020
COVID-19 responsible for the extreme growth of online purchases
The COVID-19 outbreak is responsible for the extreme growth of 82% in the number of online purchases, according to Picqer, warehouse software for web shops. Picqer says it has analyzed...
December 29, 2020
64% of last-minute Christmas shoppers plan to shop in-store
79% of US shoppers have left their holiday shopping to the last-minute. In addition, they plan to finish buying gifts for loved ones within two weeks of Christmas. According to Klarna,...
December 23, 2020
CEO Primark: There is no permanent shift to e-commerce
Paul Marchant, CEO of Irish fast-fashion retailer Primark, does not agree with claims that the COVID-19 outbreak has made shoppers move to online shopping permanently. Paul Marchant says that people...
December 14, 2020
Brexit chaos threatens e-commerce
Negotiations on a trade agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom have once again reached an impasse. On Friday evening, EU negotiator Barnier and his British counterpart took...
December 9, 2020
Shopify grows in popularity in Europe
More and more online retailers in Europe are using the e-commerce software Shopify, says Ecommerce News. Celebrating its 14th birthday this year, the software provider is already exceedingly popular. The...
November 27, 2020
70% of new Belgian webshops see it as something temporary
Many Belgian retailers, who were forced to set up a webshop during COVID-19, see this as something temporary, according to UAnterwerpen. "They don't seem to take their online store really...
November 17, 2020
Southern Europe has remained resistant to e-commerce
Spain and Italy have been lagging behind when it comes to e-commerce, says Ecommerce News. Online sales as a percentage of total retail are far lower than in countries from...
November 16, 2020
WhatsApp adds 'Buy' button to chat
WhatsApp is adding a shopping button for users to engage with brands and retailers. Therefore, WhatsApp is entering the e-commerce race. As a result, users can buy directly from their...
October 28, 2020
European Commission launches new Access2Markets portal
On 13 October the European Commission, DG TRADE launched the Access2Markets online portal. This new portal was created with the aim of simplifying access to information. This is a multi-dimensional, user-friendly and...
October 21, 2020
Changes in brick-and-mortar stores during COVID-19
Social distancing measures have been enforced nationwide. As a result, many brick-and-mortar businesses had temporarily shut down. In particular, the services industry has been hit hard. However, many retailers and...
October 16, 2020
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United Kingdom: shoppers spend 11% more online
The COVID-19 outbreak has contributed to an 11% year-on-year increase in the monthly amount consumers spend online, according to Royal Mail Group. Nowadays, the average shopper in the United Kingdom...
October 14, 2020
72% of Belgians shop online
This year, 72 percent of Belgians made online purchases. According to Comeos, of all Belgians who are active online, eight in ten have bought online in the past year. No...
October 8, 2020
Black Friday set to be bigger than ever before
The shift to e-commerce, which was a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, is set to make Black Friday the biggest online event. Sales are expected to be up by 14%,...
October 7, 2020
TikTok downloads beat Facebook and Instagram
According to Finbold, TikTok continues to grow in popularity outshining established competitors. The data shows that in August of this year, TikTok had 44.6 million downloads while Instagram recorded 38.5...
September 23, 2020
Zara launched a booking system for fitting rooms
Spain's most world-famous high-street clothing chain, Zara, has launched a booking system for fitting rooms. This was done to get people shopping again. Paired with a system allowing customers to...
September 21, 2020
COVID-19 has changed e-commerce permanently
The COVID-19 crisis has led to a huge spike in the number of online purchases. This has changed e-commerce forever. The growth of e-commerce has accelerated due to the COVID-19...
August 17, 2020
Shoppers continued to shop online in July despite stores reopening
Last month, shoppers continued to shop online, with e-commerce surging at a pace that slowed only slightly as shops reopened. However, the figures suggest while online sales took off, in-store...
August 13, 2020
Europeans will keep shopping online
Retailers worldwide are going through a turbulent period. All offline activity was largely halted by the COVID-19 crisis, while online shopping skyrocketed. Over a quarter of European consumers will remain...
August 5, 2020
TAPA's secure truck parking database breaks through the 7,000 barrier as more sites join up in EMEA
The number of secure truck parking places in TAPA EMEA’s Parking Security Requirement (PSR) database broke through the 7,000 barrier in July as more sites joined the Association’s program to...
August 4, 2020
TAPA appoint advisory board to help shape its future in EMEA as the world's leading supply chain resilience association
The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) has established a new Advisory Board in its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region to spearhead its transformation into an end-to-end supply chain...
July 24, 2020
Cross-border expansion in Europe is becoming more difficult
The very essence of the European Union is the borderless trade of goods and services. It has been built upon free movement of goods, services, capital, and labour between EU-countries....
July 17, 2020
Coolblue expands to Germany
Coolblue, founded in 1999 in the Netherlands, announced it has sold its first product to a customer in Germany. This was the official start of the expansion of Coolblue to...
July 15, 2020
Sustainability is changing consumer preferences
According to Capgemini, 79% of consumers say that they are changing their purchase preferences and behavior based on sustainability. COVID-19 has increased consumer awareness and commitment to buying sustainably. 67%...
July 8, 2020
Dutch shoppers say they will reduce their overall purchases
Research from AfterPay indicates that Dutch shoppers will reduce their overall purchases in July, in both online and offline purchases. Dutch consumers say that they will continue to shift purchases...
July 7, 2020
Online shopping is still booming
20% of consumers in the United States completed between 76% and 100% of their purchases online in the past week. According to DISQO, online shopping is still booming. However, there...
June 18, 2020
Forever 21 re-enters the UK and EU market with new online store for British customers
London, 17th June 2020: US fashion retailer, Forever 21, has launched a new UK online store to service its loyal British consumers with the full international assortment, an improved site and localized e-commerce...
June 17, 2020
COVID-19 impact on fulfillment
The resounding message to stopping the spread of COVID-19 is to limit contact with people. This effort is impacting the fulfillment and delivery of large shipments according to Convey. The...
June 16, 2020
Germans spend less than other Europeans on brick-and-mortar retail
In many European countries, online trade has emerged as a strong force. The declining share of consumer spending on brick-and-mortar retail reflects this. Last year, in the 27 European Union...
June 9, 2020
Cross-border accounts for 24% of total online sales in Europe
Cross-border has experienced an increase of 14.4% compared to the year before. The cross-border market (excluding travel) represented a turnover of around 109 billion euros in 2019. The cross-border share...
June 5, 2020
Europe has turned into a continent of online shoppers
Over the past month online shopping has outstripped all other forms of spending. More than half of European shoppers (57%) say that they are shopping online more than ever according...
June 2, 2020
Increase of 33% in the UK online grocery market
This year alone the online grocery market in the United Kingdom is expected to increase with 33% according to Mintel. The online grocery market in the United Kingdom is estimated...
May 11, 2020
Substantial increases in online sales since COVID-19 outbreak
Online consumer spending in non-food has risen more than 60% since COVID-19 took over Europe, according to GfK. In the week of the 16th of March, the first week after...
April 29, 2020
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63% of EU-citizens shop online
Within the European Union online shopping is becoming increasingly more popular. According to Eurostat, 63% of people in the EU, aged 16-74, shopped online during 2019. In 2008 only 32%...
April 27, 2020
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Online Grocery Shopping: UK leads the European market
Consumers in Europe are doing their groceries more and more online. Especially the United Kingdom, where 42% say to buy more online than in store. This is one of the...
April 27, 2020
German consumer confidence falls
The COVID-19 outbreak has an enormous impact on consumer sentiment and consumer confidence in Germany, reports GfK. Economic and income expectations are expected to suffer heavy losses, as well as...
April 6, 2020
The Netherlands: online shopping grows 7%
Research by AfterPay Insights shows that in the past weeks, Dutch consumer behaviour has changed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. It, however, is not severely impacted by financial worries. E-commerce...
April 6, 2020
Spain: COVID-19 consequences for Inditex
Fashion giant Inditex, the owner of brands such as Bershka, Massimo Dutti and Zara, faces the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak. In Spain, the fashion producer switched its clothes factories...
April 3, 2020
Finland: 60% rise in online shopping
In Finland, e-commerce grows rapidly for a few weeks. This, of course, is due to the COVID-19 outbreak. E-commerce platform maker Vilkas Group says it is basing its estimate growth...
April 3, 2020
B2B Commerce leaders: Think Customer First!
In the last few years manufacturers, wholesalers and service companies successfully digitised the interactions with their business customers. But did they put them first? Author: Mauro Boffardi, Customer Success Manager...
April 1, 2020
Spanish e-commerce grows 55% due to COVID-19
In Spain, online sales have grown 55% since the confinement of the population began due to the COVID019 pandemic. Some Spanish e-commerce markets feel the pain directly, while others flourish....
March 30, 2020
E-commerce Denmark 2020: €21,45 billion
As in many markets, e-commerce is growing in Denmark. Research by RetailX forecasts the market to be worth €21,45 billion by the end of 2020. If this becomes reality, it...
March 25, 2020
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