Dutch retail news highlights for November 2020 include bol.com retaining its #1 ranking among Holland webshops, McGregor to close stores while Via Vai will open one…
-The Twinkle 100 report of the largest webshops in the Netherlands was released for 2020 and bol.com retained its No. 1 position with €2.17 billion in sales. Coolblue, Albert Heijn Online, Zalando, Wehkamp and Amazon followed in the rankings in the same slots they held in 2019… # 2-6 respectively. The Jumbo supermarket webshop inched up to #7, while About You cracked the Top 10 at #8 with €280 million in sales. Luxury department store De Bijenkorf and fast-fashion retailer H&M rounded out the Top 10 with nearly identical online sales of €250 million each.
-The Dutch national statistics bureau has reported that October 2020 retail sales in the Netherlands were up 7.1% vs. October 2019. The majority of the increase came from the food sector (+6.3%) rather than the non-food sector (+1.5%).
Within the Dutch non-food retail sector, the best performing categories were DIY, kitchen & flooring (+23.4%), furniture & home decor (+13.7%), consumer electronics (+9.4%), recreational & sporting goods (+6.9%) and health & beauty aids (+3.5%). As has been the norm since the start of the pandemic, the weakest retail categories were shoes & leather goods (-17%) and clothing (-18.9%).
-Dutch footwear and accessories brand Via Vai announced that it will open its first owned-retail store in the 9 Streets in Amsterdam. It is expected to open in March 2021.
–McGregor has announced it will close down its retail stores in the Netherlands due to the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic. It will continue with its online shop, two outlet stores and through multi-brand partners. The stores closing are located in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam. The McGregor store in Breda is operated by a franchisee and will remain open.
–Amsterdam The Style Outlets opened to the public on November 26th. It is the first outlet center located within the Randstad area of the Netherlands (a diamond shaped region roughly defined by Amsterdam in the north, Rotterdam in the south, The Hague in the west and Utrecht in the east). Approximately 75% of the center’s 115 retail units are currently occupied. Due to coronavirus restrictions, a maximum of 2,000 shoppers are allowed in the center at the same time with counters at the entrances.
-The Mall of the Netherlands has announced a date for its Grand Opening…March 18th
-Electronics and appliances retailer BCC is back in Dutch hands after being sold by the French Fnac to Mirage Holdings, the parent company of Blokker, Intertoys and Big Bazar.
-According to the Betaalvereniging Nederland (Dutch payments association), the number of Black Friday online sales transactions via iDeal were up substantially over last year (1.8 million vs. 1.3 million). 2020 sales were €134 million compared to €106 million in 2019. Some of this was offset by a 13% drop in the number of PIN transactions that took place in stores, most likely due to coronavirus measures in place to limit the number of shoppers in a store at the same time. Long lines formed outside popular retailers in cities like Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht.