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
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.
www.e- commercefacts.com first sees the light of day ! So now it is finally here: Here, at the Global E-Commerce Summit 2011, a group of visionaries and decision makers of international e-commerce has gathered to share new ways of working and opportunities and their vision for the future prospects of e-commerce. And of course it's also about challenges that are often just as dynamic and fast-changing as the market itself.
After a first quarter in 2011 that marked a slowdown in the growth of online sales ("only" +15% between the first quarters 2010 and 2011, according to JDN, the quarterly e-commerce index), the dynamism of the French e-commerce sector seems to have suffered slightly from the sunny weather in April.
Trusted Shops offers retailers a combination of quality labelling, certification, a consumer rights guarantee and financial protection for purchases. This comprehensive package elicits a very positive response in the sector.
Companies that don’t translate their websites could be missing out on much of the European market, an EU-wide survey suggests, despite English being Europe’s favoured online language.
On 21st June 2011 the first "Day of the Webshop" (Dag van de webshop) will take place in Belgium. On this date, hundreds of participating online stores will feature a unique special offer, valid on this one day only.
In an interview with the French news portal Journal du Net, Alain Heureux, president of IAB Europe explains why the merger of the European Interactive Advertising Association (EIAA) and the Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe (IAB) was a necessary step.
Internet users in France, Great Britain, Germany and the U.S. have voted in an OC&C survey on the "most attractive" websites. Users who had visited an online shop in the past three months were surveyed in this way. And although the US-based Amazon is the clear leader in all four countries, local websites generally score well above average.
Wal-Mart has taken a minority stake in Chinese group Yihaodian, an online business specializing in consumer electronics, clothing, groceries and baby products. The amount of the transaction was not disclosed but the announcement itself is sufficient to illustrate the undeniable fact that China is "the new frontier" of electronic commerce and it will only be a matter of time before we witness the rush of other U.S. distribution giants. In what could be the start of a quickly-escalating and widespread trend, Walmart announced late last week that it has bought a minority stake in Chinese e-tailer Yihaodian, which specializes in consumer electronics, apparel, groceries and baby products.