Here’s a recap of the top Dutch retail news stories for July 2020: bol.com DC robbed, face masks required in Amsterdam, Rotterdam stores/shopping streets due to coronavirus, June retail data released and more…
DUTCH E-TAILER bol.com IS LOOTED
A bol.com distribution center in Waalwijk was robbed on the morning of Sunday 19th July. At approximately 08:30, four armed intruders drove into the parking lot and made their way into the facility, taking two security guards hostage. The robbers proceeded to fill their truck with mostly high-priced goods before driving away. The guards were able to free themselves in the mid-afternoon at which time the police were brought in. A handful of employees had been working in the building’s logistics department and were completely unaware of what had taken place.
BED LEASING IN HOLLAND
Dutch bed and mattress retailer BeterBed has launched a leasing program. For a fixed amount a month, ranging from €19.95-49.95, customers can lease a brand new bed (including mattress and boxspring). The company sees it as a natural progression of the green movement and the concept of using rather than owning. The term of the contract is 5 years, after which time the customer has three options: end the lease out right (in which case BeterBed collects it and disposes of it in a sustainable way), purchase the bed at its residual cost or exchange it for a new (leased) bed.
FACE MASKS MANDATES IN AMSTERDAM & ROTTERDAM
As of Wednesday 29th July, Amsterdam and Rotterdam have made face masks mandatory in stores and on specific crowded shopping streets where maintaining the 1.5-meter distance coronavirus guideline can be difficult. In Amsterdam these include the Kalverstraat, Nieuwendijk and the Albert Cuypstraat. In Rotterdam, it includes the Coolsingel, Lijnbaan, Meent and the Alexandrium shopping mall.
CBS REPORTS JUNE 2020 SALES INCREASE
According to the Dutch national statistics bureau, CBS, non-food sector retail sales in the Netherlands for June 2020 were up 8.5% vs June 2019, a strong indication consumers believe the worst of the coronavirus epidemic in the country is behind us. Retail sales the month before had achieved a 1.3% increase.
Performance by category generally reflected the trend of the past several months with home-related goods increasing while fashion categories suffered. Furniture & Decor was up a whopping 25.2% vs June 2019, while DIY, Kitchens & Flooring was up 24.1%. Consumer Electronics & White Goods was up 21.7% and Sports & Recreational Goods was up 18.6%. Beauty & Drugstore merchandise dipped.5%, while Clothing dropped 6.7% and Shoes & Leather Goods was down 10.5% against June 2019. For the latter two categories, the figures were actually an improvement over May when sales dropped 23.7% and 19.8%, respectively.