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If you are at a Delhaize supermarket in Belgium, you can pick up a package you ordered from Bol.com. Because Bol.com is owned by Ahold Delhaize, it is easy to open locations in the supermarkets of Delhaize in Flanders. Bol.com orders could already be picked up at Albert Heijn supermarkets. The Ahold Delhaize Group, owner of all three companies, is well on their way to putting the three brands together.

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Buying on the Internet is often cheaper than making a purchase at a bricks-and-mortar store. There are many reasons for the lower prices found online, like online retailers not needing store personnel or cutting out (most of) the middle man. E-commerce grows every year and is a multi-billion dollar industry, but with some of those billions being lost to tax evasion. In the UK, there is a big crackdown on sellers who are dodging taxes to offer those low, low prices. 

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Tesco has unveiled its new discounter brand called Jack’s. Tired of watching Aldi and Lidl win all the bargain hunter customers, they plan to compete with the competition by offering a free smart shop app that allows customers to pay for items on the go. The allows shoppers to scan the barcode on the items or shelf-front and pay simply by tapping their phone on a self-service checkout terminal before leaving. Jack's is also marketed as selling mostly British products.

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The holidays are a magical time of year for online retailers, representing 25% of annual ecommerce sales. But the peaks in web traffic that accompany Christmas time can overwhelm your infrastructure, leading to website or app crashes that lose you sales and damage your brand. Here are five essential tips to help make sure your website is prepared when Santa comes to town.

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Why would anyone want to get up to turn on the computer when our phone is right next to us on the sofa? Mobile is going to dominate e-commerce sales this holiday season. 68% of all online sales throughout Black November and the Christmas shopping period are projected to be made with a phone. A global analysis by Walker Sands for Salesforce shows that holiday revenues will be ups 13% over the previous year, with AI product recommendations pushing 35% of all that revenue.

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Galaxus has opened for business in Germany and has ambitious plans to tackle Europe’s largest market. The Swiss electronics retailer is planning to grow into a webshop that sells, well, everything. The medium-term goal is to become one of the top 5 e-commerce players in Germany. That’s no small order.

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