The European online retail sector is once again on a good track towards a prosperous growth throughout 2019. After an increase in turnover by 11.87% to €547 billion in 2018, the European B2C ecommerce turnover is forecasted to grow even further in 2019 by close to 14% to €621 billion. This is one of the main outcomes of the European B2C Ecommerce Report 2019, which is jointly launched today by Ecommerce Europe and EuroCommerce. The report outlines the main facts and figures on the ecommerce sector in Europe and provides detailed insights for each European ecommerce market.
UN World Food Safety Day: EU Agri-food chain’s commitment to safe food for consumers, from farm to fork
Today is the first World Food Safety Day, following its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly in 2018. To mark the day CELCAA, Copa-Cogeca, EuroCommerce, FEFAC and FoodDrinkEurope are reiterating their commitment to delivering safe food to consumers all around the globe.
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EuroCommerce and GS1 in Europe have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work more intensively together in the field of supply chain cooperation, standards, and technologies. The MoU foresees effective and regular exchanges on matters of common interest like product identification, traceability and sustainability, data capture and sharing, and supply chain management. Both organisations highlighted that a number of their respective member associations and companies are already working together at national and global level.
Retailers and wholesalers welcome adoption of Single Use Plastics Directive, but ask for more robust waste management infrastructureRead more
Speaking today at the formal adoption by the Council of the text of the Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastics on the environment, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said:
“As a sector, and having daily contact with Europe’s 500 million consumers, we have been working hard to respond to their demand for reducing plastics use. We have reduced packaging and worked on alternatives, as well as increasing our use of recycled materials.”
EuroCommerce Narrative on Retail and Wholesale in a changing world…
The world is changing rapidly. Retailers and wholesalers have repeatedly shown how resilient and adaptive they are, and are moving ahead with embracing this change, providing value to customers, suppliers, and society at large. This great story is worth telling – both to the sector and to the wider world. And the story needs to say clearly what we want from the EU and from national governments to make our sector sustainably competitive.
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Speaking this morning at the World Retail Congress in Amsterdam, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren said: “Over the next five years, the new European Parliament and Commission will need to address multiple challenges, both external and internal, for Europe. Globally, and in many of our markets we see a worrying increase in protectionism. Populist voices offer simple but wrong solutions to complex issues, and risk the welfare of the people they claim to represent. The retail and wholesale sector is a major player in building Europe for the next generation, but also uniquely vulnerable to adverse economic and policy movements. This is particularly true when we all face fundamental changes – in business models, in the way customers buy, in supply chain relations and the competitive landscape, driven by digital technology and changing consumer demand."
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Speaking today about the agreed resolution of the Commission’s investigation of AB InBev’s actions in hampering cross-border sales of beer, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren commented:
“This is a very welcome outcome on an issue which we have been raising as a problem for many years. Manufacturers have been using a number of different practices to fragment the Single Market, some of these clearly illegitimate, and to the detriment of consumers by restricting choice and maintaining artificially high prices. We hope that this action will set a clear message for manufacturers of other products and in other sectors that this long-standing fragmentation of the Single Market will need to end”.