Online shopping
Nov 19 '19 13:40

Online stores are asking the government for a public online means of identification, similar to the government's DigiD. This will greatly improve safety in online shopping, according to branch organizations Detailhandel Nederland and, and travel companies' organization ANVR, the Telegraaf reports.

The lack of online identification creates a distinct difference between online and physical trading, and promotes identity fraud, a spokesperson for said to the newspaper.

Apr 19 '19 15:10

Suppliers force web stores to charge minimum prices for their products, refusing to deliver to stores who sell their products for lower prices. While this is not allowed, the practice is common, the Dutch authority for consumers and markets ACM said to NOS.

Mar 9 '18 10:40

Over 13 million Dutch spent a total of 22.51 billion euros on online purchases in 2017, 13 percent more than in 2016, according to the latest figures from Thuiswinkel Market Monitor. Last year 95 percent of Dutch made at least one online purchase, AD reports.

According to Wijnand Jongen, director of, online shopping "is becoming increasingly important within the Dutch retail world". Within the retail sector, the share of online shopping is now almost 10 percent.

Oct 30 '17 16:50

The Dutch judiciary is implementing an intensified approach against online stores suspected of committing fraud against their customers. If customers file three reports against an online store, payment services will be instructed to block payments to the affected web shop, in order to prevent more customers falling victim, NOS reports.

Dec 1 '16 12:25

Sinterklaas spent nearly 1.3 billion euros shopping online for gifts this year. That is an increase of 35 percent compared to the online spending around the Sinterklaas celebrations last year, according to a study by PostNL and, AD reports

"Between 1 November and 5 December, the average weekly turnover is over 250 million euros", according to the researchers. "For the total Sinterklaas period the turnover comes down to 1.26 billion euros. That means an increase of 35 percent compared to the only sales of 933 million euros in the same period in 2015".

Mar 11 '16 13:25

Dutch shoppers spent a massive 16 billion euros in online shopping last year, a 16 percent increase compared to 2014. Food sales showed the strongest growth, increasing by 40 percent, according to figures from Thuiswinkel Markt Monitor

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Mar 25 '15 09:53

Store owners and online store owners want the Dutch bank sector to raise the bar for iDeal and to adopt measures to ensure that the major online payment method works fault-free within two years, Detailhandel Nederland writes on its website.

Dec 24 '14 07:48

Christmas purchases have ensured a significant increase for the weekly sales of online stores. In the three weeks before Christmas sales for online stores increased by 38 percent, compared to an average weekly turnover.

Dec 4 '14 08:33

The packages streaming into PostNL formed such a tall tower that it collapsed. The 56 year old PostNL employee, Ellen, had to stop sorting the packages or she would literally have been buried by her workload, the Volkskrant reports.

Sep 23 '14 17:12

A study released Tuesday by Dutch web shop association has revealed the strong growth of internet purchasers in the Netherlands. Online sales now make up 18 percent of spending in the Netherlands, representing a figure of more than €6.5 billion spent by consumers in the first half of 2014, and an increase of nearly six percent compared with the same period last year.

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