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  • Facebook Messenger bot

    Facebook adds e-commerce enrichment features to Messenger bots

    Facebook makes it easier for businesses and consumers to communicate with each other via Messenger.  

  • AR study
    Consumers increasling influenced by augmented reality

    New research from experimental marketing company Interactions indicates consumers react favorably to the presence of augmented reality (AR), both in-store and online. 

  • visa paywave
    Use of mobile payments triples across Europe


    European consumers increasingly turn to their smartphones, tablets or wearable devices for the pourchase of goods and services. 

PayPal sues Google for violation of trade secrets

EBay did not wait long after the announcement of Google's upcoming launch of its new payment system before filing a complaint for violation of trade secrets. The reason: two former PayPal executives now working for Google are believed to have disclosed confidential information.

European e-commerce and law were at the heart of the general meeting of UGAL in Helsinki

The Union of Groups of Independent Retailers of Europe (UGAL) held its general meeting in Helsinki on 25-26 May 2011. The meeting brought together approximately 50 representatives from different parts of Europe around a special e-commerce topic. The Union of Groups of Independent Retailers of Europe - UGAL - held its General Assembly in Helsinki on 25-26 May 2011. The meeting gathered about 50 representatives from different parts of Europe.

Average consumer has three shopping apps on smartphone

On average, consumers download 21 apps to their smartphones, three of which are used for online shopping. This is according to the latest study on mobile shopping consumer behaviour by PriceGrabber. Whether in terms of customers looking for the best deal, or simply the latest gadget, mobile shopping is gaining in popularity.

LooknBe expands in Europe

LooknBe, a social platform dedicated to fashion and look, announces plans to expand the concept after Great Britain and Italy also to Spain and to Russia. As the French site ecommercemag.fr reports, LooknBe already counts 50 000 members in France, only eight month after its launch

DHL launches checkout service

Deutsche Post subsidiary DHL is offering "DHL Checkout", a comprehensive payment method for online shops in Germany. A comparison of the terms and conditions, however, shows that the new system is not necessarily the cheapest.

E-Commerce: Brazil is the place to be. Facts and figures

Brazil is the world's 7th largest economy boasting 7.5% growth in 2010. According to Madeiros Bruno, an industry expert working with compra3, this growth is heavily reliant on online commerce. More and more Brazilians are surfing and buying on the web.

e-G8: No revolution for online merchants

On opening the e-G8 Forum in Paris, for which he had taken the initiative, the French president sought to build a consensus among an audience of advertising, e-commerce and telecommunications professionals. He did not, however, seek to hide the importance he places on the regulation of this sphere.

Online retailers: EU Consumer Rights Directive threatens European e-commerce market

An action group of collaborating European web merchants and branch organisations has joined forces to draw attention to the threats implied by the Consumer Rights Directive for the E- commerce sector. Their concerns are voiced in an open letter to European and national policy makers. Wijnand Jongen, director of the Dutch branch organisation Thuiswinkel.org, believes that if the directive is implemented, great financial damage is going to be inflicted on the European online retail sector

Thomann.de wins European E-Commerce Gold Award in Barcelona

At the 2011 Global E-Commerce Summit in Barcelona, the German music equipment retailer Thomann.de has been allocated first prize in the award for the best online shop in Europe. The Silver Award went to Tailorstore.com (Sweden) while the Danish Nemlig.com won Bronze.


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