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    Cross-border online commerce in Europe rises 17 percent, while Brexit heavily impacts U.K. business


    Cross-Border Commerce Europe (CBC), a Brussels-based platform promoting cross-border online commerce in Europe, publishes a yearly study that examines and ranks the 16 strongest European countries in terms of both consumer behavior and business performance in cross-border online commerce. In the 2021 ranking of the most eager EU consumers, Luxembourg ...

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    Meta to sell name-brand avatar apparel


    In January, Meta introduced its 3D avatars – already operative in its virtual-reality (VR) iteration – into Facebook, Messenger, Instagram Stories and direct messages (DMs). This month it is inaugurating the Meta Avatars Store, where users can purchase virtual apparel for their avatars from, so far, three name brands – ...

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    A new Nike concept store in Hong Kong with GMG


    GMG has launched a new Nike concept store in Hong Kong. The 200-square-meter store is located at the Hang Tau district’s East Point City shopping mall. GMG is a global company retailing, distributing and manufacturing a portfolio of international and home-grown brands across sports, food and health sectors. The company ...

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    Decathlon expands its distribution channels in the U.S. to include new retailers


    French sporting goods brand Decathlon announced at Outdoor Retailer in Denver that it will expand its distribution channels to include key brand partners to provide customers with greater access to its sporting goods offering. Decathlon’s products are available on and through a growing list of retail partners, including specialty ...

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    Instant Commerce announces €2 million pre-seed funding


    Instant Commerce, a Dutch e-commerce software startup, has raised €2 million in seed capital with the participation of the founders of Storyblok, Wandera, Snyk and Supercell. With the investment, the young company wants to build the product, expand the team, and create brand awareness throughout Europe. Instant Commerce was founded ...

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    Puma launches shopping app in India


    Puma has launched its official mobile shopping app in India to further enhance its digital offering to consumers and give them faster access to its latest products and exclusive services. An official statement said that India is the first country where the German sportswear manufacturer’s e-com app has gone live. ...

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    Planetics with new marketing director


    Source: LinkedIn / Planetics Melanie Hüttenberger Planetics, the German online marketplace for sustainable and fairly produced sporting goods, announced on LinkedIn that Melanie Hüttenberger joined the company as its new marketing manager on June 1. Hüttenberger has more than 20 years of experience in PR and marketing, ...

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    ​Growth in German e-commerce continues to normalize


    E-commerce in Germany cannot evade the effects of war, rising prices and insecure consumers and is returning to familiar growth paths after double-digit revenue increases in previous years, says the German e-commerce and mail order retail association (bevh) regarding the first half of Q2. Consumer goods e-commerce sales as a ...

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    Playtomic enters the e-tail space


    Playtomic, which has made its name as a platform for racquet club management and court rentals, has inaugurated under its own brand a line of racquet-sports apparel and accessories and opened an e-commerce website to sell it. So far the site is operative only in Spain, but there are plans ...

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    Alibaba cracks mark of 1 billion Chinese consumers


    For the last fiscal year, Alibaba reported a record 8,317 billion yuan renminbi (€1,160 billion) in global gross merchandise value. However, revenue in the quarter ended March 31, 2022, climbed only 9 percent year-on-year to RMB 204.1 billion (€28.5 billion). This is the slowest growth ever, which the company attributes ...

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    Gymshark FY profit up 47 percent, readies London store


    Gymshark Group Ltd.’s net profit rose by 47 percent to £36.5 million (€41.4m) from £24.8 million for the 12 months ended July 31, 2021. Group revenues for the DTC-only brand increased by 68 percent to £401.9 million (€455.8m) from £260.7 million. Financial year operating profit slipped to 11.6 percent from ...

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    Lacoste opens largest flagship store on Champs-Elysées


    Lacoste opened a 1,600-square-meter store at 50 Champs-Elysées in Paris, at the corner of rue du Colisée, on May 20. The new retail space – dubbed Lacoste Arena – is the brand’s largest flagship store globally. Tennis takes center stage in the new store, alongside the brand’s collections for golf ...

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    UK e-tail slows down post-pandemic


    According to the most recent IMRG Capgemini Online Retail Index, the post-pandemic retail climate is, at last, taking shape. Online sales for the 200-odd retailers tracked by the index are down by 12 percent year-on-year for April. As IMRG puts it, this is a significant improvement from March’s year-on-year fall ...

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    Snipes acquires Croatian retailer Shooster


    Following its successful expansion into Poland (acquisition of the Distance fashion chain in June 2021) and the takeover of the American retail chains Jimmy Jazz and Expressions in the same year, Cologne-based sneaker and streetwear retailer Snipes is continuing its expansion course with the acquisition of Croatian retailer Shooster. Alongside ...

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    Zalando launches a profit warning as sales decline for the first time


    Zalando posted the first decline in quarterly sales in its history and launched a profit warning for the full year. In the first quarter, the German online retailer reported a 1 percent increase in the gross merchandise volume (GMV) to €3.2 billion but a 1.5 percent decline in revenues ...

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    Decathlon increases investment in Quadient parcel lockers


    Decathlon France began equipping 62 of its stores with Quadient parcel lockers in 2015. The lockers, where merchandise ordered online is deposited for pickup, are additional customer service. The success of the lockers, tested and certified by the retailer’s teams, has led the sports retailer to expand the partnership, resulting ...

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    EU continues to criticize Apple over use of Apple Pay


    The European Commission has informed Apple of its preliminary view that the U.S. technology company has abused its dominant position in the markets for mobile wallets on iOS devices. By restricting access to a standard technology used for contactless payments with mobile devices in stores, Apple has restricted competition in ...

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    AC Milan launches official store on Tmall


    AC Milan has announced the launch of an official flagship store on Tmall, the largest online retail platform in China, part of the Alibaba Group. It will be the sixth e-commerce store of the football club in China, a country in which AC Milan boasts more than 146 million fans. ...

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    Amazon's operating income tumbles


    Amazon’s first-quarter revenue rose 7.3 percent year-over-year to $116.44 billion. Operating income, however, decreased to $3.7 billion and net loss was $3.8 billion. On a diluted basis, this resulted in a loss per share of $7.56. According to Amazon, this was mainly due to a $7.6 billion loss from the ...

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    FESI welcomes preliminary agreement on DSA, but calls for better corporate and consumer protection


    FESI has commented with approval on the preliminary political agreement reached on April 23 between the EU Parliament and Council on the Digital Services Act (DSA) proposal. The agreement paves the way for a safer and fairer online environment by strengthening the liability of online platforms for illegal content, especially ...