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vente-privee.com expecting 100M Euro gross turnover in 2011 thanks to m-commerce

More than 240,000 people visit vente-privee.com each day via their mobile phones
Paris, 04/10/2011
Over a million iPhone and iPad apps have been downloaded

vente-privee.com is one of the first European brands to generate more than 10% of its global sales from the mobile field. Monthly percentage points in sales from m-commerce are growing every month, representing a significant growth opportunity for the world leader in online flash sales.

m-commerce pioneer and leader in Europe
Since 2010, vente-privee.com has been offering its website equivalent to mobile phones in most of the European countries where it is available. This includes iPhone, iPad and Windows Phone applications, as well as Android which was added last May. In addition to this, a user-friendly platform was created for mobile users allowing them to access the website from their mobile phones. These applications and platforms are constantly being improved to render access to the website easier.

The mobile channel (which makes up more than 10% of global sales) is in its first stages in developed countries such as the UK and the United States. Few companies have developed applications for mobile phones at the moment but the increase of such applications should be exponential in the years to come.

An opportunity for growth
M-commerce is based on the online sales event concept proposed by vente-privee.com and is a service in the true sense of the word offered by the website to its members. “It’s not about whether this support helps or eats away web sales, but rather, it is simply a service provided for our clients allowing them to make purchases when they want and where they want” explains Jacques-Antoine Granjon, President and founder of vente-privee.com.

From the time this application was established in June 2010, vente-privee.com has registered more than a million downloads via iPhone and iPad in Europe. Aside from these applications, vente-privee.com already has 1.85 million visitors who access the Internet via their mobile phone.
Jacques-Antoine Granjon sees m-commerce as a new way to make purchases. “More and more people have Smartphones: it’s consumerism’s magic wand. This is already the case among young people in developed countries.” states Mr.Granjon. The rate at which people are being supplied with Smartphones continues to increase (there are almost 14 million iPhones and iPads in Europe) but the number of people who surf the web from their phone and then make purchases still remains confidential.

About vente-privee.com
World No.1, vente-privee.com pioneered the online sales event concept. Specialising in selling brand overstock since 2001, the online retailer organises exclusive events-based sales for its 13.7 million members. Featuring more than 1,450 major international brands, the website offers a wide range of product categories: from fashion to homeware, sports products to electronics. The members-only sales last from two to four days and, thanks to privileged partnerships with brands, offer irresistible discounts of up to 70%. With 1,400 employees in 7 countries, vente-privee.com generated €969 M. gross turnover in 2010, a 15% year-on-year increase. About vente-privee.com

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