How Snapdeal Makes Profits

The last quarter of 2013 with the "best Christmas ever" saves Amazon's so far rather mixed business year: sales plus 20 percent, operating profit plus 26 percent, profit for the entire calendar year 2013 plus 10 percent. So everything is fine? Not at all. Investors are disappointed because Amazon remains behind its own forecasts despite good numbers. Even a Jeff Bezos shouldn't mouth too much ... Also in the e-commerce trends: Media-Saturn is testing same-day delivery, Mister Spex is doubling the number of customers and drinking yoghurts are tasted at MyMuesli.

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Media-Saturn relies on same-day delivery: the first pilot projects in selected major German cities are to start in a few weeks. On the website, customers will then be able to see which device can be delivered within two hours. The delivery on the day of the order is to be implemented from the 420 branches in order to take advantage of the proximity to the customer. >>> Focus.de

Mister Spex increased its sales by 80 percent to EUR 47 million in 2013. The number of customers doubled to 1 million. The takeover of the Swedish online opticians Lensstore and Loveeyewear in mid-2013 also contributed to sales growth. >>> by email

Kisura On course for growth: A new investor is participating in the styling platform for women with an amount in the mid six-digit range. At the same time, the company, which was founded in May 2013, is expanding its range and is now also offering its customers personal style advice via video chat. >>> Internetworld.de

Whale bush wants to revise online shops of its brands Avena, Mey & Edlich. The aim is to increase the online share of the overall business. It is currently around 25 percent. In the medium term, the former catalog mail order company would like to achieve roughly the same amount of sales with the stationary business as with the mail order business. >>> etailment

STIHL wants to use the online channel as a new sales channel. In order not to harm the specialist trade, no online direct sales are planned. Instead, the company wants to provide its specialist dealers with an internet platform with which the dealers can easily create their own website with a shop function. Products for which personal instruction is essential, such as chainsaws and cut-off machines, can only be reserved online and handed over stationary. >>> Gabot.de

MyMuesli expands its product portfolio to include drinking yoghurts. The muesli drinks in the varieties Bircher, Blueberry and Apple-Banana are now available in the online shop and in over-the-counter shops. If you want to try it: Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a tasting in all mymuesli shops. >>> by email

GetYourGuide is collecting money again vigorously: the new investors Kees Koolen, formerly head of Booking.com, and Fritz Demopoulos, founder of China's largest travel search engine, are investing 4.5 million US dollars in the Berlin start-up. Just a year ago, GetYourGuide was able to look forward to a cash injection of 14 million US dollars. >>> German startups

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Amazon has presented its quarterly figures: In the winter of 2013, the group increased its sales by around 20 percent to 25.6 billion US dollars, the profit in the operating business grew by 26 percent to 510 million dollars or 0.51 US dollars per share. Although the Christmas quarter went well and increased operating profit by 10 percent in a mixed calendar year 2013, investors are still disappointed: After the announcements by Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, profits of $ 0.61 per share were expected. >>> Techcrunch

Snapdeal, the ebay subsidiary for the Indian market, has launched a localized version of its website. So far, Indian customers have only been able to shop in English, which excluded about a third of the Indian population from the website. With a language version in Hindi and Tamil, the company, which is India's largest online marketplace with 20 million users, expects a 20 percent increase in traffic. >>> Techcrunch

Hennes & Mauritz wants to further expand its online presence. The Swedish fashion chain plans to open its own online shops in four "large markets" during the course of the year. France will begin in the spring. >>> Fashion United

The Canadian retail group Hudson's Bay Company wants to advance the online business and has founded its own digital department. The President of HBC Digital is Michael Burgess. He is supposed to further develop the sales channel e-commerce for all brands of the company and also develop an online marketing strategy. >>> Retailing Today

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Call for studies: The ECC Cologne is conducting an investigation around the topic Same day delivery by. Above all, challenges in implementation as well as the requirements for "same day delivery" service providers from the retailer's point of view are on the agenda. Take part in the survey! The ECC Cologne is giving away 50 chargers among all participants for convenient charging of smartphones and tablets on the go. You can have the most exciting study results sent to you by email - or read them exclusively at INTERNET WORLD Business. >>> Click here for the survey

For the Brand manufacturer of personal care products the internet is not yet a relevant sales channel. This is the result of an investigation by the ECC brand monitor. Nine out of ten brands examined do not have their own online shop, and none of them use the website to support the stationary dealer network. Six brands refer prospective buyers to at least online retailers. >>> Branded articles magazine

On June 13, 2014 the new consumer directive of the EU in force. The new rules and regulations leave many questions for online retailers that Trusted Shops wants to answer. Dealers can use an online form until February 23 to ask three questions. Trusted Shops then uses all the entries to develop an FAQ on the VRRL in PDF format. >>> Trusted Shops

- NUMBER OF THE DAY -

8.5 billion euros the bvh determined that the German online trade increased during the Christmas business year 2013. Compared to the previous year, online Christmas sales grew by 24 percent. >>> Internetworld.de

- BELONGS -

"We ask ourselves which concepts will generate frequency at the locations in addition to Penny & Rewe in the future when shoe retailers, drug stores and technology stores lose their sales to the Internet."
Christian Mielsch, CFO of the Rewe Group, ponders the future of over-the-counter business at the retail property congress. >>> Checkout area

"The delivery volume of online orders has exceeded even our most optimistic predictions as more and more Americans ordered online."
Scott Davis, CEO of UPS, tries to explain why many UPS carriers put the Christmas presents under the tree too late. >>> Internet retailer