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Adyen: 70 billion euros in the first half of 2018
According to the figures that were published on the 22nd of August, payment agency Adyen has grown considerably in sales in the first half of this year. These figures are...
August 22, 2018
JD.com and Unilever partner in distribution deal
Chinese platform JD.com and Dutch-Brittish Unilever have partnered on distributing some products, e.g. Lipton tea and Lux soap, to China. Unilever states that it is trying to access the more...
August 20, 2018
Cdiscount marketplace crosses border to neighboring countries
French marketplace Cdiscount is expanding outside France. The online platform offers delivery of selected items to Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain. The products that will be shipped outside of France...
August 8, 2018
Dutch consumers spent 15 percent more on European webshops
According to the Dutch research company CBS, Dutch consumers spent around 400 million euros on products at foreign webshops in the European Union in the first quarter of 2018. This...
August 3, 2018
Amazon Prime: 10 million new members in 2018
The loyalty program Amazon Prime is not growing as fast as before. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) announced this during the international bargaining day Prime Day, in which only members of...
August 2, 2018
E-commerce Hungary: €1.65 billion in 2017
In 2017, Hungarian e-commerce was worth 1.65 billion euros, revealed eNet during the E-commerce Hungary conference. This means that, in about 10 years time, the domestic e-commerce revenue grew about...
July 3, 2018
Whitepaper: How to target an additional 58 million online shoppers? - Crossing the border to Germany
Cross-border business remains one of the very few growth opportunities in today‘s highly optimized e-commerce landscape. Utilizing the differences in pricing, taxes, consumer preference and scale, smart merchants can easily access huge potential even if...
June 20, 2018
173.000 e-commerce websites in France
The French e-commerce federation Fevad revealed that, at the end of last year, there were 173.000 active retail websites in France. This is an increase of 10% in comparison to...
June 18, 2018
JD.com brings China closer to European retailers by train
E-commerce giant JD.com introduced a new solution for online retailers from Europe who are looking to sell in China. The China Railway Express is faster than the sea and cheaper than...
June 7, 2018
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One in four Brits shop online once a week
In 2017, 22 percent of the British population shopped online once a week. The percentage of online shopping has increased to 26 percent in the last year. Also, 68 percent...
May 24, 2018
Jet.com becomes an Apple authorised dealer
Walmart’s subsidiary Jet.com has become an authorised dealer of Apple, setting them aside from US competitor Amazon. This means that, on Jet.com, you can now buy the iPhone, iPad, Mac...
May 22, 2018
E-commerce represents 42 percent of PostNL's turnover
Dutch postal company PostNL experiences that e-commerce is becoming a more important turnover factor every year. Last year, e-commerce logistics was responsible for 34 percent. This percentage increased by 8...
May 14, 2018
Amazon Prime users to drop service with coming price rise
Amazon will raise the cost of American Prime in the USA from $99 to $119. This change will come effective starting June, 16th. The announcement followed after the results of the...
May 11, 2018
Zalando grows to 24 million users in the first quarter
On May 8th, Zalando published its quarterly figures. These show that the number of active users of Zalando increased with 3.5 million users in the past quarter bringing the total...
May 9, 2018
Amazon raises storage fees
Amazon is increasing its fees for using its merchant fulfilment program Fulfilment by Amazon (FbA). As of April 26th, 2018, Amazon introduces a new pricing structure that will affect both...
May 1, 2018
EU Council adopts rules on cross-border parcel delivery to promote e-commerce
The EU facilitates consumers and businesses to compare delivery rates in the European Union to promote e-commerce. This way, it will be more easy to oversee the complex fulfilment market. The...
May 1, 2018
Acapture, Sift Science to Bring Merchants World-Class Fraud Products
Acapture has partnered with Sift Science, a machine learning company that protects businesses from fraud and abuse. Using the smartest technology for fraud management in their joint effort to make online...
April 5, 2018
C&A opens online store in eleven EU countries
Leading European fashion retailer C&A is boosting its focus on cross-border e-commerce. With the launch of a new EU shop, C&A delivers to customers in eleven new countries: Croatia, the Czech...
March 26, 2018
European Parliament: Improving cross-border parcel delivery to boost buying online
According to the European Commission, clearer information on the prices of parcel delivery services should help to increase consumer confidence in cross-border shopping and shipping. The new rules are part...
March 14, 2018
E-commerce in the Netherlands: €22.5 billion in 2017
In the Netherlands, e-commerce was worth 22.5 billion euros in 2017. This is a growth of 13 percent compared to the situation one year before. The Dutch made a total...
March 12, 2018
Amazon Australia starts with FbA
Amazon increased its service offering to merchants in Australia by starting with the Fulfilment by Amazon (FbA) program in Australia. Local businesses selling through Amazon Marketplace will now be able...
February 27, 2018
Report: Germany online
eTail has published their annual report about the online market in Germany. Insights show that customer demands are evolving quicker than many retailers can keep up. With Germany, the biggest...
February 21, 2018
Rakuten and Walmart announce strategic alliance
Rakuten and Walmart are about to launch an online grocery delivery service in Japan and a new eBooks and audiobooks offering in the U.S. According to Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon...
January 30, 2018
Marketplaces on top, cross-border surging and merchants feeling confident
This article previously appeared in Cross-Border Magazine Nr.4, October 2017 Author: Cheng Liem Li, CCO – Payvision & Acapture Since 2014, Payvision has been running the biggest annual global survey...
January 8, 2018
Cross-Border e-commerce library available to online merchants
Online merchants who want to expand cross-border can now find infographics providing actionable stats, facts and figures from an interesting e-commerce regions. Stats are provided by the data-driven omnichannel PSP...
December 20, 2017
Dutch e-commerce sector worth €22 billion in 2017
The e-commerce turnover in the Netherlands will be worth up to 22 billion by the end of 2017. During the first three quarters, 15.7 billion euro was spent online. Q4...
December 18, 2017
Letz’shop: Luxembourg’s national e-commerce platform
Luxembourg will launch LetzShop.lu, a national e-commerce platform which will be created to boost the urban e-commerce. The platform is an initiative of the Ministry of Economy. Economic Interest Group (GIE) is in...
November 28, 2017
Online records on Black Friday
American retailers have sold products for 7,9 billion dollars online last Thursday and Friday. A little over five billion of the turnover came from products sold on Black Friday, concluded...
November 27, 2017
A delightful unpacking experience
This column previously appeared in Cross-Border Magazine Nr.4, October 2017   Henk Teunissen, CEO and founder of Rivièra Maison talks to us what it means to create an experience on all...
November 22, 2017
Column: Demystifying Product Identifiers
This column previously appeared in Cross-Border Magazine Nr.4, October 2017 Despite working for several global retailers, until recently I was not aware of how the barcode works and the significance of...
November 16, 2017
Digitalisation: a B2B approach
Wholesalers have always pursued a multi-channel strategy. In earlier days, it may have consisted of using a catalog, a brick-and-mortar store and sales representatives. Digitalisation and the Internet resulted in...
November 8, 2017
Shoppers in the UK expect free delivery for orders over £10
In the United Kingdom, online consumers aren’t too eager to pay for a delivery. Only when a fee isn’t too high, they are willing to pay. Two-thirds of UK shoppers...
October 30, 2017
Apple Pay is leading in in-store retail in the USA
When it comes to in-store retail in the USA, Apple Pay seems to be leading the charge, beating PayPal. This might be unsurprising on some levels. Apple Pay does permit...
October 27, 2017
Alibaba about to open Tmall in Russia
Reports indicate that Alibaba is set to launch its B2C marketplace platform Tmall in Russia as an online part of the AliExpress site. This would be the first expansion of...
October 20, 2017
25% Growth for E-commerce in Spain
In Spain, e-commerce increased by 24.8 percent year-on-year during the first quarter of 2017. In these three months, 6.8 billion euros was spent online, while the number of transactions increased...
October 16, 2017
Leading brands and digital solutions unite at the next Digital 1to1 Europe
Digital 1to1 consist of business cases, open talks and new this year – a speed networking session; but most importantly it delivers customized agendas of 1to1 meetings between the merchants...
October 10, 2017
More than 800.000 online stores in Europe
Ecommerce News and Dataprovider, a data company, have executed research to find out how many online stores are present in Europe. According to the research, there is a 98% accuracy...
October 9, 2017
Russian E-commerce market worth 16 billion euro in 2017
The Russian e-commerce market was worth 7,2 billion euro in the first half of 2017. The Association of Internet Trading Companies and the Russian Post state that this is a...
September 18, 2017
European Consumer Scoreboard 2017: increasing consumers’ trust in e-commerce
The European Commission regularly publishes a Consumer Conditions Scoreboard, which monitors the consumer environment across Europe through three dimensions: compliance and enforcement, complaints and dispute resolution and knowledge and trust....
September 14, 2017
SlicePay, a PSD2-compliant payment product that supports merchants to handle complex split settlements
Global data-driven omnichannel PSP Acapture has launched SlicePay, an easy-to-integrate product designed to reduce the burden of payouts to multiple parties in various countries and currencies. It supports marketplaces, sharing...
September 14, 2017
Top 10 Online Shops in Germany: Turnover Amazon.de three times bigger than number 2’s OTTO
Amazon is by far the biggest e-commerce organisation in Germany. Their turnover is three times bigger than number two’s OTTO. Amazon is almost eight times bigger than number three: Zalando....
September 13, 2017
Shopify makes selling on Amazon easier
Shopify recently announced it would have a deep integration with eBay, it has now announced to make selling on Amazon marketplaces with Shopify easier. US sellers will be able to...
September 12, 2017
2022: E-commerce in Western Europe accounts for 13,9% of retail
E-commerce in Western Europe will account for 13,9% of total retail sales by 2022. Excluding groceries, this number will rise to 20% of total retail sales in this region. Forrester...
August 23, 2017
Consumers in Austria spend close to 900 euros online per year
E-commerce in Austria is growing rapidly and so is the willingness of Austrian consumers to buy online. Last year, online sales per capita were worth 885 euros, which makes Austria...
August 22, 2017
Acapture becomes signature member of the Merchant Risk Council
Acapture, a global, data-driven omnichannel PSP, has recently become a member of the Merchant Risk Council (MRC). It joins a community of 450 companies from 30 countries committed to improving...
August 18, 2017
New Belgian regulations for enabling working at night are disapproved by e-commerce sector
Last week, the Belgian government presented their new regulation regarding working at night in Belgium. The biggest change is that it is no longer prohibited to work during the timeframe...
August 1, 2017
Cross-border selling is growing faster than e-commerce in general
Research from Forrester shows that cross-border trade globally will grow much more strongly than domestic trade in the UK, US and EU over the next ten years. The report reveals...
July 18, 2017
DHL publishes guide to cross-border e-commerce opportunity
DHL has published a guide to cross-border e-commerce: The 21st century Spice Trade. In the face of technology and transport advancements having changed the way we trade, international commerce is...
May 22, 2017
Ecommerce Europe welcomes the Bulgarian E-commerce Associaton
  The Bulgarian E-commerce Association has joined Ecommerce Europe. With this recent addition, Ecommerce Europe, as the voice of the online merchants in Europe, further strengthens the representation of the...
April 20, 2017
New Acapture Whitepaper outlines trends in cross-border, AI usage and the future of payments
The white paper “Future trends in consumer behavior:  Technology in a connected world 2017-2020” by Acapture explores current consumer trends and preferences and provides tools for merchants to optimize their...
April 20, 2017
IRX and EDX unveil latest innovations and products to hit the multichannel retail market
Over 15 product demos, 13 new product and partnership announcements, 9 new start-ups and 5 exclusive reports and research to be presented this year The UK’s biggest multichannel event, the...
March 23, 2017
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