vente-privee.com exceeds €1 billion gross turnover in Europe in 2011 (£900m), an 11% increase from 2010.
January: Jacques-Antoine Granjon is voted ‘Businessman of the Year’ by French GQ readers.
February: vente-privee.com opens an Italian warehouse near Turin.
vente-privee.com is France’s favourite website in the ‘clothes, shoes and accessories’ category according to the 2010 NetObserver® ranking (Harris Interactive).
March: vente-privee.com launches its Digital Commerce Factory. This new service manages brand’s e-commerce requirements from site creation to product delivery. Drawing on all its digital savoir-faire, vente-privee.com shares its expertise in five key areas: audiovisual production (The Digital Factory by vente-privee.com), logistics, technology, marketing and customer service.
vente-privee.com reinforces its position in Spain with new offices in Madrid.
vente-privee.com launches its free-to-download iPad application.
November: launch of the Netherlands, an eighth European market, and first sales of vente-privee USA in partnership with American Express.
vente-privee.com makes £824 million turnover in 2010.
vente-privee.com opens its Italian subsidiary in Milan (June) and begins delivery to Austria and Belgium (November).
May: vente-privee.com wins in 4 categories at the GP Bullhound Media Momentum 2010 Awards, the Oscars of the digital media world.
June: vente-privee.com releases its iPhone application, which is propulsed to #1 in the App Store the day of its launch.
July: vente-privee.com is ranked amongst the 25 most creative European companies by CNBC Business.
October: vente-privee.com snapped up the Innovation award at the third customer relationship award ceremony, organised by the AFRC (French Customer Service Organisation).
vente-privee.com launches its Windows Phone 7 application in partnership with Microsoft.
November: vente-privee.com wins the ‘Customer Service of the Year 2011’ award in the ‘Sales Events’ and ‘Distance Selling’ categories, for the 2nd year in a row.
vente-privee.com inaugurates Europe’s biggest audiovisual production centre ‘ The Digital Factory by vente-privee.com’ and 5000 m² of new buildings.
vente-privee.com makes £717 million euros in turnover throughout Europe (+33% over 2008) with over 38 million products sold.
vente-privee.com opens subsidiaries in Barcelona (Spain), London (United Kingdom) and Düsseldorf (Germany).
October: vente-privee.com wins "Customer Service of the Year 2010" in the "event-based selling" and "general distance selling" categories (BVA-Viséo Conseil Institute in France).
November: Jacques-Antoine Granjon is awarded the European "CMO of the Year" prize by Booz & Company consultants.
The company generates a turnover of £536 million in Europe.
Launch of local websites for Italy (April) and the United Kingdom (September).
June: Grand opening of the Lyon2 warehouse, introducing a new automated system of order fulfilment, one of the largest logistical worksites in France.
September: One year after having launched ROSEBUZZ magazine, vente-privee.com launches the online version.
October: vente-privee.com opens a new logistical centre measuring 20,000 m² in Greater Paris. This brings the total area of vente-privee.com warehouses to 125,000 m².
November: Jacques-Antoine Granjon, co-founder and CEO of vente-privee.com is named Entrepreneur of the Year at the fourth annual BFM* AWARDS in Paris (*radio and television broadcaster specialising in finance and economics).
December: the website records its billionth sale visitor.
vente-privee.com is awarded an ’Oscar’ in the "E-commerce/distance-selling" category by LSA magazine’s professional jury at their 29th Innovation Oscar Ceremony.
vente-privee.com hosts 753 sales with a turnover of £371 million (350 million €) with 239 million visitors and 18 million items sold.
Spain and Germany websites build on their initial growth.
April: Jacques-Antoine Granjon, CEO of vente-privee.com, is voted E-commerce Businessman of the year by internet users (awarded by E-Commerce Magazine 2007).
June: During the Favor’i ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of FEVAD (Federation of Distance Selling Companies), Jacques-Antoine Granjon wins the Favor’i d’Honneur award recognising him as the most influential Distance Selling Businessman of the last 50 years. The website is also rewarded for being The Internet user’s Favor’i for exclusive online sales.
July: American venture capitalists Summit Partners acquire a 20% stake in vente-privee.com.
September: Launch of VPSound, a CD compiling the best sales soundtracks, sold exclusively on the website, composed and produced by the Sound Design team in vente-privee.com’s in-house sound studios.
October: Launch of Rosebuzz, a magazine edited every two months by vente-privee.com. Urban yet elegant, the magazine features fashion, beauty, and art.
November: vente-privee.com receives the jury’s special award for the strongest growth of a European company founded within the last 10 years The Changing Times Award Audemars-Piguet.
vente-privee.com hosts 460 sales and sells more than 12 million items in France.
April: Second nomination for Best e-commerce website in terms of customer satisfaction (Baromètre Direct Panel).
September: Launch of local websites for Spain and Germany.
After asserting its position as the market leader in France between 2001 and 2004, vente-privee.com grows rapidly while continuously reinvesting.
Innovation prize for the best French e-commerce website (01 net).
March: Nomination for Best e-commerce website in terms of customer satisfaction (Baromètre Direct Panel).
Launch of vente-privee.com in France by Jacques-Antoine Granjon, the current CEO, and his seven business partners who still play an active role in the company. The vente-privee.com business model is a world first.
All figures include taxes. Conversion rate 24/01/2011 -> 1€ = £0.85.