Digitalisation and the Future of Retail
Europe’s largest retailers call for more digitally skilled workers and less supply restrictions
The digital transformation of the retail sector empowers consumers. Speaking at the European Retail Round Table (ERRT) event on Digitalisation and the Future of Retail on the 15 November in Brussels, ERRT President Frans Muller, affirmed that “Our aim at ERRT is clear. We want to ensure that consumers can fully avail themselves of the benefits of the European digital single market. That means more convenient shopping, a wider choice, bespoke offerings and better prices.”
New E-commerce-focused package must not lose sight of the link between off- and online
ERRT appreciates the EU Commission’s new “e-commerce package” as a further attempt to achieving a true European Single Market. European businesses and consumers should indeed, be able to sell and buy products and services online across the EU.
Timber Retail Coalition welcomes EU Commission’s assessment of the EU Timber Regulation but stresses that more is required to ensure its objectives are achieved
The Timber Retail Coalition strongly recommends that the EU Commission ensures uniform enforcement of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) across all Member States to avoid market distortions and establish a fair operating environment that does not punish those businesses that source timber responsibly. Likewise, harmonising the performance of competent authorities is essential for constructive cooperation of the business sector.
Circular economy: European retailers lead the way
The new Retailers’ Environmental Action Programme (REAP) mandate, confirming retailers' commitment to meet their environmental responsibilities, was launched in Brussels on 3rd December 2015.
ERRT welcomes EU Commission’s plans to create a Digital Single Market
ERRT welcomes the EU Commission’s commitment to respond to the growing digitalisation of the global economy by adopting today a set of targeted actions outlined in a Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe. We appreciate the Commission’s ambition to rapidly break down the remaining barriers to cross-border activities so as to provide businesses with new opportunities to scale up across Europe.
ECJ judgment on MasterCard: a great victory for Europe’s consumers and retailers
The European Court of Justice has today upheld the Commission’s 2007 decision on MasterCard’s multilateral interchange fees, wholly rejecting the card scheme’s appeal. Following this ruling, the adoption of proposed regulation for open, transparent and lower card fees for all payment users must be a priority.
We need urgent action on card fees, say Europe’s payment users
The European Payment Users Alliance represents businesses and consumers across Europe. We havea simple message for Europe’s politicians: we need the interchange fee regulation as a matter of urgency. There is no more reason for delay.
Retail is diverse, job-rich, innovative, and increasingly digital
Oxford study highlights the sector’s critical importance for the European economy
A report by the Oxford Saïd Business School shows the magnitude of the retail sector, its diversity, its dynamism and contribution to innovation, growth, and its employment creation in Europe. It also outlines the sector’s ongoing transformation driven by the growth of online trading.
Europe’s Payment Users Call for a Fair, Competitive and Transparent Payment System
The European Payment Users Alliance is a group of European payment users who have come together to call for more transparency and competition in the payments market. We welcome the package of proposed payments legislation announced on 24 July 2013 but we wish to draw attention to the needs of end-users and highlight where the current proposals do not go far enough. Given its potential to bring significant benefit to consumers, this legislation must be treated as an absolute priority. We urge decision-makers to amend the proposals as set out below.
European retailers lead the way towards a sustainable future in a resource-constrained world
The fourth edition of the Retail Forum for Sustainability’s Annual Event which took place today confirmed retailers’ unwavering commitment to living up to their environmental responsibilities. Moreover, it proved that their enthusiasm for finding innovative solutions to meet their ambitious targets has not been dampened by the tough economic climate.