Zalando has announced today the start of a series of tests for its new Photo Search feature in the UK. The new feature allows customers to take a picture of an item of clothing or a pattern, and search for similar items in the Zalando catalogue.
The German association for e-commerce and distance selling bevh has published figures revealing a 2 percent growth of interactive trade after a previous period of decline. For the entire year of 2014, the association expects a stronger growth than for German retail in general.
The Dutch mail company PostNL has started this week to install automated parcel pick-up terminals at Schiphol airport and at larger railway stations. Customers can pick up parcels around the clock, seven days per week.
With an average growth rate of 47% over the year 2013, the e-commerce market in Eastern Europe is comparatively showing the strongest increase in Europe. The projected online turnover of €23 billion for 2014 indicates that there is a lot of ground to gain in the region; only 34 million of 135 million Internet users are using the Internet for shopping. This is revealed by the latest report on B2C e-commerce in Eastern Europe released by Ecommerce Europe.
One of France’s largest e-commerce players, Cdiscount, has expanded its omnichannel strategy by launching a network of pick-up-locations to facilitate the delivery of items weighing 30kg or more.
China’s e-commerce behemoth Alibaba, which operates Alipay, and Apple, which recently launched ApplePay, may in future work together on payment systems. This was confirmed by a statement made by Alibaba’s chief Jack Ma during a Tech-conference in the US.
E-Commerce in Italy continues to grow. In total, sales from Italian sites to local and foreign customers reached €13,3bn, equaling a growth rate of 17 percent.
Alibaba’s marketplace AliExpress has positioned itself on top of the Brazilian e-commerce market, reveal latest figures by Ibope E-Commerce, a business unit of the Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics that analyses e-commerce.