The Dutch association of private equity companies (NVP) denounces the way in which the owners of Action and Hunkem?ller are coping with the corona crisis. According to the lobby club, these retailers are shifting the consequences of the crisis too quickly and unilaterally to others.
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Amazon does not comply with French anti-coronavirus regulations, a French Court of Appeal has now confirmed. Although the online giant is still allowed to ship essential products from French warehouses, they are all closed for the time being.
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The measures taken to combat the coronavirus have led to enormous worldwide growth in e-commerce: online sales have increased by 20?% in the first quarter, with peaks of more than 40?%. Will this become the norm?
Amazon appears to use data of the third-party vendors on its platform to develop its own competing products, although the company denies this claim. Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos has decided to take management back into his own hands during this corona crisis.
Unilever has withdrawn its full-year forecast, feeling it cannot reliably estimate the consequences of the corona pandemic. The FMCG giant's first quarter turnover rose slightly.
Stores in various European countries (like Austria, Czechia and Germany) are gradually allowed to reopen. Where are shops resuming their activities and in which countries do they remain closed? An overview of the measures taken throughout Europe.
Instagram has introduced new 'stickers', that direct users to a website where they can order food or gift vouchers. In this way, the social network wants to help retailers and small businesses during the corona crisis.?
A storm of protectionism is blowing across Europe, now that the Covid-19 crisis is hitting trade and food production hard. Each country is dealing with the situation differently, not always abiding by EU regulations.
E-commerce giant Amazon will completely close its French distribution centres for a week, This decision follows a court ruling prohibiting the online retailer from selling products other than those deemed essential, as it would not take sufficient measures against Covid-19.?
A French judge has limited Amazon to selling essential goods only, as long as the company cannot guarantee the safety of its employees in the distribution centres.
The worst of the corona pandemic appears to be over in China, and experts expect a full recovery in retail in the second half of the year. What can we learn from this evolution?
The current crisis is forcing us, retailers, to take a break and look in the mirror: are we still relevant, do we still see opportunities, do we still want to invest, do we still feel the drive to get back to work?
Ahold Delhaize's non-food webshop bol.com is due to open its French version in June, starting its offensive in Brussels and Wallonia. On its annual general meeting, the Dutch retail group also approved a prolonged Belgian presence in its supervisory board.
Despite the fact that many physical stores are closed or limited, German online sales in March were 20 % lower than a year earlier. There are, however, huge differences between different sectors.
Belgian banks are doubling the limits for contactless payments without having to enter a PIN code to 50?euros (for one payment) or 100?euros (accumulated), following the example of neighbouring countries.
Struggling Dutch chain Hema tries to find a way out of its problems: owner Marcel Boekhoorn wants to invest new capital, but only if the creditors reduce the debts.