Germany is more than Zalando alone: the turnover machines in e-business
The German economy consists of more innovative companies than Zalando alone. In recent years, many companies have turned into a converting machine or are promising because of their attracted capital. Online pet store Zooplus (more than 742 million euro turnover), electronics web shop Notebooksbilliger (700 million euro revenue) and seller of music equipment Thomann (656 million euro turnover) are already familiar names
The German economy consists of more innovative companies than Zalando alone. In recent years, many companies have turned into a converting machine or are promising because of their attracted capital. Online pet store Zooplus (more than 742 million euro turnover), electronics web shop Notebooksbilliger (700 million euro revenue) and seller of music equipment Thomann (656 million euro turnover) are already familiar names. Deutsche-Startups lined up less well-known but well-functioning other names.
Trivago : originally a German hotel finder and has been owned by Expedia since the end of 2012. Afterwards, the company broadened the focus and users can also search for 'shared rooms' - hostels, apartments and holiday homes. Good for about 500 million dollars a year. The company is still growing at 58 percent per year, according to its own statements.
Check24 : a portal for comparing products. A comparison service for, among other things, insurance, financial products, energy and services from internet providers and telcos. Last year, 60 percent grew to 330 million euros in sales.
Windeln : a company that is less known to the Dutch, but is growing rapidly in Germany. Windeln is an international webshop for baby and toddler products - the counterpart of diapers.com. Last year, 76 percent more, almost 179 million euros. The home market accounted for 140 million.
Limango : a 'private' shopping club and community for families. Part of myToys and the Otto Group and also active on the Dutch market. Limango generates 129 million euros a year with its daily offers.
Internet stores : a group of web shops for cycling and outdoor activities. Famous names from the portfolio are Bikester and Campz, on German soil Internet stores are also known from fahrrad.de. With selling bicycles online is now good money to earn. According to the most recent figures, the group converted 193 million euros.
Kfzteile24 : as the slogan 'alles für mein auto' suggests, Kfzteile24 is a retailer in car parts and accessories. This shopkeeper is already running - the company dates back to 2001 - and now generates 130 million euros.
Xing : LinkedIn is not as dominant in every country as here. In German-speaking countries the popularity of business network Xing is large. Recently, the company announced that the limit of ten million members has passed. Last year was a record year for Xing, total revenue came to 123 million euros, 21 percent more than in 2014. At the bottom of the line, 17.6 million euro profit remained - 186 percent more than a year earlier.
Momox : not many people will ever have heard of the German Momox. Nevertheless, the company is one of the most popular sellers in market places such as Amazon and eBay. Momox started with buying and selling used books, CDs and DVDs. Meanwhile, the company also sells clothing. And not without success: in 2009, Momox invested 10 million euros a year, last year the counter stopped at 120 million euros.
InnoGames : one of the largest providers of online games in the world. InnoGames already has more than 150 million members. There are no extensive figures about this company, but the company broke the limit of 100 million euros last year.
Chal-Tec : another company with a turnover of 100 million euros. The German company Chal-Tec operates various web shops, of which Klarstein is one of the well-known in Germany. The store sells, among other things, household appliances.
Several other German online companies are not so far in terms of turnover, but are well on their way. Spreadshirt (85 million euros) allows customers to design and print t-shirts themselves; Auctionata (81 million euros) is an online auction platform for art and antiques; online platform reBuy (70 million euros) buys electronics - and now also in the Netherlands - and resells it in a botched state; Monoqi, also known in the Netherlands, that deals in design products, also sells well. The company invested another 10 million euros in 2014, compared to 23 million euros in 2015.
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