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Ecommerce in Belgium will be worth €11.84 billion in 2018

The business-to-consumers ecommerce turnover of Belgium is still increasing, with a 12 percent year-on-year growth rate this year. This would mean ecommerce in Belgium will be worth 11.84 billion euros at the end of this year.

These numbers come from Ecommerce Foundation’s report about the online retail industry in Belgium. While the ecommerce turnover is still increasing in Belgium, the average spending per buyer is predicted to decrease slightly. Last year, 53 percent of Belgian population can be described as an online shopper. Their average spending grew to 1,700 euros during that year, but it’s predicted it will decrease to 1,686 euros this year.

Ecommerce in Belgium: 2013-2018

The majority of online spending in Belgium goes through laptops (54 percent), followed by PCs (30 percent), tablets (9 percent) and smartphones (6 percent). And when Belgian consumers shop online, they mostly order clothing and footwear. With 42 percent, this was the most popular product category in 2017. It’s followed by home electronics (31 percent), books (21 percent) and cosmetic and skincare (18 percent).

Cross-border shopping grows
Eurostat data shows that Belgian online shoppers are increasingly buying from abroad. Last year, 80 percent of online shopping happened at websites of national sellers, the same share as in 2016. But online shopping at foreign (non-EU) sellers, grew: from 18 percent in 2016 to 21 percent last year.

Last year, 63 percent of cross-border shopping happened at the online shops of sellers from other EU nations, while 6 percent was with sellers with an unknown country of origin. Purchasing from unknown countries is becoming more popular, as this share was just 4 percent in 2016.

Belgians love to shop at Dutch websites
The Netherlands is an extremely popular country to order products from: 34 percent of the Belgian population has shopped online from the Netherlands, significantly more than the percentage of people who shopped online in China (14 percent) or the UK or Germany (both 13 percent). In 2014, Ecommerce News wrote an article about the influence of the Netherlands in Belgian ecommerce.

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cargo-partner sees revenues rise on airfreight growth

Austria-based logistics firm cargo-partner has posted a 2% rise in its consolidated turnover for 2017, at €698m. Net profit for the year totalled €6m.

Chief executive Stefan Krauter said: “We had a successful start into the business year and have achieved volume growths in all our business areas. The general upward trend was further strengthened by the global economic upswing.”

Cargo-partner handled a total of 1,001,500 shipments in 2017, 90,000 more than in the previous year.

The logistics provider’s airfreight volumes rose by 23% to 171,000 tonnes over the 12-month period. Its sea freight and trucking divisions also registered growth, handling 1,831,000 tonnes and 1,018,000 tonnes of cargo respectively.

cargo-partner highlighted several developments that contributed to “substantial growth” in its contract logistics activities. For example, it recently invested in a new 1,500 sq m warehouse in Sofia and expanded its logistics centre in Dunaiska Streda from 7,200 sq m to 14,200 sq m. The latter will grow by a further 4,000 sq m by the end of this year.

 The company has built a new 12,200 sq m iLogistics Centre near Vienna Airport; that facility is set to open this Autumn. This Winter will see the opening of a new 3,000 sq m warehouse in Hong Kong while a 25,000 sq m warehouse in Ljubljana will commence operations in 2019.

New warehouse locations added in 2017 included Hamburg (4,900 sq m), as well as Clarksville, Tennessee and Chicago, Illinois (14,000 sq m each).

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