This Week in eCommerce: online sales growth at Coop and Farmy, digital customs clearance

Posted by Urs Hammer | 08-Jan-2019 08:30:00

Coop: Online sales growth of more than 20%

The Coop Group published its consolidated figures and for the first time reported consolidated sales in excess of CHF 30 billion, an increase of 5%. Online trading once again made a significant contribution to the growth in sales, with a further increase of over 20% and net sales of CHF 2.3 billion contributing to total sales (Article in German).

Farmy increases turnover by 40%

The Swiss online market has published its sales and growth figures for the past few years for the first time. In 2018, the company, which specialises in regional fresh and organic products, increased its sales by 40% to CHF 7.6 million. Online food: Farmy grows by 40% and announces sales figures for the first time.

The agreement between Amazon and Swiss Post enables digital customs clearance

Delivery times will be shortened. Amazon does not yet have a physical presence in Switzerland. A Swiss domain has also not been launched. However, this does not prevent the world's leading e-commerce company from supplying its Swiss customers more quickly. The agreement with Swiss Post, which was announced in March, has now entered into force in recent weeks. Thanks to Swiss Post, Amazon delivers faster in Switzerland.

Record Christmas at Amazon

Amazon says it has more Christmas orders than ever before. Among the bestsellers were the Echo Dot and the Fire TV Stick. In addition, the number of prime memberships rose this Christmas. Record Christmas at Amazon.

  • Customers ordered over two million parcels with delivery by Saturday, December 22 at the latest.
  • Compared to last year, customers said they bought millions more Amazon devices this Christmas - the bestsellers were the new Echo Dot, the Fire TV Stick 4K with the Alexa voice remote, and Echo.
  • The number of Prime memberships increased this Christmas - several tens of millions of customers worldwide started a Prime trial membership or a paid Prime membership.
  • In the period before Christmas, parcels were sent from the twelve German logistics centres to customers in 134 countries.

The importance of e-commerce in China

Kilian Widmer, Export Manager of Bimbosan, talks about consumer trends in China, the important role of search engine optimization in e-commerce and how Swiss SMEs can assess whether there is a market for their product. The importance of e-commerce platforms in China.

Effects of e-commerce on real estate

E-commerce is creating a new form of concrete gold: more and more investors are putting their money into warehouses and logistics real estate. Packages turn warehouses into investments.

Free sale of medicines

Should valerian drops or vegetable cough syrup be available on the shelf? Migros and consumer protection are in favour. Pharmacists, druggists, doctors and manufacturers are clearly against it. Free sale of medicines: Migros attacks medicines authority.

Emotions online: the end of stationary trading?

Emotions, "real" experiences are regarded as the last bastion of the threatened offline retail business. But here, too, the online market is becoming increasingly competitive. In an interview with "Schweiz aktuell", GDI researcher Marta Kwiatkowski explains why

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Written by Urs Hammer

M.Sc. in International Management, hat in Luzern, Paris und Shanghai studiert. Er ist ein erfahrener Projekt-Manager und ein Experte für die globale E-Commerce Landschaft. Bevor er in die Web-Industrie wechselte, sammelte er fast ein Jahrzehnt Erfahrung im Customer Service.

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