On 11 January, Dutch department store chain de Bijenkorf announced that it is closing its Woerden-based distribution center. De Bijenkorf plans to merge and outsource all distribution activities to a new partner in 2019.
Amazon will launch a Windows-compatible PC app for its Alexa digital assistant that will directly compete with Microsoft's Cortana. The Alexa app will operate on HP, Lenovo, Asus and Acer Windows 10 laptops and desktops.
China’s largest retailer and the social e-commerce firm Meili have launched a joint venture to bring innovative online features to shoppers and tools to businesses that want to reach consumers through social media.
Amazon has filed a patent application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for its virtual reality mirror, offering a blended reality view to users for "entertainment and other purposes" including trying on clothes.
Belgium’s FNG Group is moving its stock to an automated warehouse in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands. With the news system, the group is able to save costs while working more efficiently with its online partners.