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In 2011, a large collaborative project was started under the auspices of GS1 to automate and standardise the extensive, labour-intensive return flows between DIY shops and their suppliers. Back then, processing a single return took 77 minutes and had an average lead time of 20 days.
You probably saw the news last week: the number of brick & mortar shops on our streets has dropped by more than 11% in the past decade. According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), this can be explained in part by a relatively weak economy, which saw many shops and major retail chains go bankrupt. At the same time, the number of online shops has tripled, with many companies opening online shops in addition to their brick & mortar branches to generate more revenue.
The Twinkle 100, the list of the most popular online retailers in the Netherlands, was published on 19 September. This year marks the first time that supermarkets have cracked the top 10, with Albert Heijn coming in third place. Unsurprisingly, bol.com and Coolblue, respectively, took first and second place in the Twinkle100.
Hornbach has long required any suppliers looking to sell their products through Hornbach to work with EDI. As of 2020, Hornbach imposed even stricter requirements, asking all suppliers to mark their shipments with an accepted SSCC label.