AliExpress, an online retail service based in China, is opening its first independent logistics centre in Poland, the company has said.
Poland's listed e-commerce group Allegro launched the pilot stage of a new fulfillment service on Monday through which selected merchants will be able to store, sell and replenish their merchandise directly from an Allegro warehouse.
Online sales channels are predicted to grow on average by 12 percent over the next few years after seeing their share of retail sales jump by 14 percent in 2020, according to a report by the consultancy firm PwC and Digital Experts Club.
The rise of e-commerce sales in 2020 was between 35 percent and almost 60 percent, according to an expert of the Polish Economic Institute.
The rapid growth of the company which was only founded in 2018 and now boast over 4 million earners and over 10,000 advertisers operating across 17 languages has been fuelled by the COVID lockdown and increasing automation of jobs.
Poland's e-commerce market will probably grow at 12-percent a year for the next five years , and will hit PLN 162 billion (EUR 36 billion) in 2026, PwC consulting firm said in a report.
Online purchases reached an all-time record in Poland in 2020 and the market was one of the fastest growing in Europe, according to a leading newspaper.
Polish online trading platform Allegro, which has increased employment by 470 since January to 2,400, intends to take on another 200 staff by the end of the year, the company has announced in a press release.
The US e-commerce giant Amazon has increased employment in Poland by 2,000 to 18,000 permanent jobs in 2020 to date, the company said in a Wednesday press release.
During several weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, the share of e-commerce in Poland's retail trade grew from 5.5 percent at the end of 2019 to nearly 12 percent, reads a report by the Santander bank.