Local Commerce: What you can learn from ongoing pilot projects

E-Commerce is still on the advance: According to a forecast by the German Retail Association (Handelsverband Deutschland, HDE), online trade (+11 percent) will grow significantly faster than the retail trade as a whole in 2017.
(+ 2 percent) and thus claim an even larger share of the turnover cake for themselves. The sufferers of this development are in particular small and medium-sized stationary retailers, whose turnover is at risk in view of ever smaller customer flows in city centres. Regional online marketplaces such as "Online-City Wuppertal" or "Mönchengladbach bei eBay", which are intended to strengthen local trade, appear to be a possible way out in this situation.

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