Also interesting for the green segment: Merchant in E-commerce – a new skilled occupation for Germany

Merchant in E-commerce is the first merchant profession that occupies itself primarily with digital business models. – Foto: Pixabay

The commercial and buying behaviour of customers is becoming increasingly more digital. According to the Bundesverband E-Commerce und Versandhandel Deutschland e.V. (German E-commerce and Mail Order Trade Association), the online sector already recorded an 11.1 percent increase in the first six months of this year compared to the same period of the previous year. Even if it is slightly more reserved, this development towards digitalisation is also evident in the green industry.

Online trade: There are no longer any universally applicable recipes for success

online-shopping – Foto pixabay

The online trade continues to be the industry’s strong growth driver. In the first quarter of 2018, a 10.6 percent increase was recorded compared to the same period of the previous year, according to the current figures of the Bundesverband E-Commerce und Versandhandel Deutschland e.V. (bevh) (German E-commerce and Mail Order Trade Association e.V.). Nevertheless, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it is plain sailing for online shops. The competition from Amazon is too tough for many of them. According to the Institut für Handelsforschung (IFH Köln) (Institute for Trade Research), almost every second Euro spent on the web in Germany flows into the tills of the giant.