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The British economy is widely recognized as the fifth most prosperous in the world today.
At the end of 2016, all online sales in the UK totaled £133 billion (€145.5 billion, $171.4 billion), making the UK the third largest e-commerce market in the world.
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Germany is not only the biggest country in the European Union, it is also an economic and political powerhouse.
The country has the biggest economy and the biggest e-commerce market in the European Union.
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Like most developed countries, France has widespread internet penetration. Currently, more than 86% of the French population actively uses the internet. Additionally, mobile connections outpaced total population by about 140,000 in 2016. Such high access to digital technology will likely expand the French B2C e-tail market, which is already one of the biggest in Europe and the world.
The French E-Commerce Trade Association projects e-commerce to exceed €81 billion ($86 billion) before the end of 2017. Further- more, economists believe by then the number of e-commerce vendors available to internet- and mobile-connected shoppers in France will grow to 200,000, giving the country more ways than ever to buy online.Read More
Don’t let its size fool you. While it may be smaller than many of the most influential countries in Europe, the Netherlands packs a lot of international commercial power into a small package.
Because of the nation’s rapid exodus to cities, the Dutch have seen unprecedented technological and commercial growth, making the Netherlands a prime contender in global e-commerce.Read More
As the largest and most populated country in the Nordic region, Sweden features prominently as a top e-commerce player throughout Europe. Though it has much in common with Finland, Denmark and Norway – like a remarkably high internet penetration rate, with 7.4 million online out of the total population of 9.7 million – Sweden has its own unique characteristics in cross-border commerce and online retail.Read More
Portugal is not quite the dominant e-commerce player or economic powerhouse like the U.K. or Germany are, but the small coastal nation is full of potential. Seizing on its advantages in high-speed internet access and prime geographic location, Portugal is poised to expand its role as a global e-commerce…Read More
Finns, and northern Europeans in general, are among the world leaders in e-commerce. In 2015, 71% of Finnish consumers made at least one e-purchase. Finland’s e-business is characterized by strong cross-border purchasing, a relatively high number of citizens with access to the Internet – like the other Nordics –…Read More
As the bridge between Scandinavia and mainland Europe, Denmark enjoys an advantageous geographic and cultural position. The coastal nation has been among the world leaders in terms of e-commerce sales. Please fill out the form below to download. Thank you. You can download the file here.Read More
Belgium has emerged as an important player in global e-commerce, given its unique position in the heart of Europe. With a diverse population, expanding market and rich culture, Belgium provides an excellent e-tail opportunity for companies all over the world. Discover more about the e-commerce market in Belgium with…Read More
In order to provide consumers with optimal protection when making online purchases, a detailed legal framework has been created to formalize the rules of online trade. It should not come as a surprise that this new legislation is regularly updated, given the rapid pace at which things evolve in the digital realm. Just last year,…Read More
Consumers have become so familiar with online shopping that they are increasingly turning to foreign e-commerce sites to satisfy their needs. Almost 70% of consumers worldwide claim to have shopped on foreign websites in the past year. Although cross-border shopping is on the rise across the world, we have still been able to identify a…Read More
Located in the heart of Central Europe, Poland’s growing economic prosperity is in turn fueling the development of it’s e-commerce market. The country has almost 10 million e-shoppers and is the fourth top country in Central Europe. Discover more about the e-commerce market in Poland in this country factsheet. Please fill out the form…Read More
Direct selling is a method of bringing goods and services to market and selling them directly to consumers, whether it is in their home or at another location that is not a fixed point of sale. The selling usually takes place face-to-face, with the products demonstrated individually or in groups, and sometimes leaving behind a…Read More
There is often a false assumption to consider the Nordic countries as one unit. This is most definitely not the case and that is the reason why, following on from Sweden, this month we are focusing on Norway. Norway occupies first place on the Scandinavian podium, having generated 8.9 billion euros of e-commerce revenue in…Read More
Driven by a booming population, improving internet access and rising disposable incomes, Asia Pacific is the world’s fastest-growing e-commerce region (yStats). Meanwhile, young, tech-savvy populations underpin rapid growth in Latin America and the Middle East, and e-commerce continues to account for a growing share of retail spending in Europe and North America. Let’s examine projected…Read More
Parcel lockers—automated delivery points from which customers can collect or return e-commerce packages, 24 hours a day—are proliferating worldwide. Rather than waiting for deliveries at home, customers arrange collection from a nearby parcel locker, where they enter a code into an ATM-like machine, triggering access to a locker containing their package. Stationed at convenient locations…Read More
The four international e-commerce markets below show that e-commerce potential lies in more emerging economies than just China and India—and that there is still compelling potential in mature economies like Italy. South Korea South Korea is a mature e-commerce market backed by a strong currency, enthusiastic e-shoppers, high credit-card penetration and the highest broadband penetration—97%—worldwide…Read More
Situated at the heart of Europe and keen to maintain its independence from the European Union, Switzerland is a country that is as unique as it is key for those wanting to establish a trans-European e-commerce strategy. Its three official languages make it a natural destination thanks to the obvious potential it offers, and its…Read More
Today’s e-tailers know that the delivery of packages is a key element in their site’s success. Amongst other things, the flexibility and speed desired by e-shoppers mean a wide range of delivery options for orders is required, which has led to the development of pick-up points. An alternative to home delivery The continuous development of…Read More
With accurate direct mail customers are more likely to remain loyal, and give a company repeat business. Companies handling direct mail for their customers also need to ensure each mailing piece is designed to produce the maximum impact, delivered on time and with, of course, the correct addressing. The rise in direct mail According to…Read More
Emerging countries hold enormous potential for e-commerce growth. According to A.T. Kearney’s 2013 Global Retail E-commerce Index report, the online retail industry has grown at 17 percent CAGR globally over the past five years, with growth particularly strong in Latin America (27%) and Asia Pacific (25%). The advancement of technology and improved access to the…Read More
Cross-border e-commerce is expected to grow 75% by 2020, International Post Corporation estimates. Yet you might be surprised to learn that only one in four EU-based e-tailers currently sell across borders, according to the EC’s Retailers’ attitudes to cross-border trade and consumer protection report. While the challenges of handling international returns have served as a deterrent…Read More
Just-in-time deliveries, whereby stock is less and less often sent from the warehouse by traders, and the ever-increasing demands of web consumers have lead to a rise in the number of vehicles on the road, particularly in cities. Today, e-logistics needs to be able to make rapid deliveries to its customers, whether B2C or B2B,…Read More
Russia is among the most predominant emerging markets according to e-commerce specialists. With its favourable policy and import tax only being payable on purchases over €1000 (the calculation being performed on a monthly basis), there is good reason for foreign e-tailers to show interest. Russia boasts the largest online community in Europe with some 71…Read More
eMarketer focused on southern Europe as a source of growth in its recent report on the explosion of global e-commerce: predicting growth of 13.8% in 2014. In E-commerce Europe’s “Southern Europe B2C E-commerce Report 2013″ Spain tops these southern markets with annual revenue reaching €12,969 million in 2012. Given that e-commerce sales still represent only…Read More
Approximately one trillion euro: this is the astronomical turnover record that will be achieved in 2014 in global B2C e-commerce according to eMarketer. This spectacular growth is almost completely thanks to rapidly developing emerging markets according to the specialist website. 2014 will be a crucial year for global e-commerce. For the first time, consumers in Asia will…Read More
English is the most widely used language in the world – and probably the first language you had your website translated into. While the British market is naturally a destination market to sell to for etailers, let’s not forget another characteristic of the United Kingdom – it is a cosmopolitan country. Some 23% of the…Read More
In a previous article we looked at the importance of delivery service as a marketing tool in providing ultimate satisfaction for customers. Let’s now have a look at the challenges from a logistical perspective. A study published in 2013 by the consultancy practice Copenhagen Economics (“E-shopper survey”) shows that for most countries questioned, home delivery…Read More