IN THIS ISSUE TOP STORY German e-retail grows 12% to nearly €47 billion in 2015 ■ AMERICAS Sellers on Amazon Cap off Big Year with More Than 40 % Growth ■ US start-up GoSend helps local retailers to sell abroad ■ UPS Wraps Up Holiday Shipping Season With Easier Returns ■ ASIA PACIFIC Alibaba Group Will Announce December Quarter 2015 Results on January 28, 2016 ■ Australia Post announces product and service changes ■ EUROPE Austrian Post delivers record 80m parcels in 2015 ■ PostNord announces new collaboration with Alibaba ■ Deutsche Post DHL Group acquires minority stake in French e-commerce logistics specialist ■ European Commission unconditionally approves FedEx intended acquisition of TNT Express ■ Finnish operator, posti announces Changes to postage fees ■ Hermes Germany’s two-man handling unit posts 15% growth in deliveries of heavy items ■ UK SME e-retailers reveal growing business confidence for 2016 ■ IN THE DIRECT MARKETING SPECIAL NEWS Digital ads viewability a key challenge for marketers in 2016 ■ Who are millennials really? ■ Interview Interview with Jim Fitzgerald, Founder and CEO of Taradel, on the company’s role in the future of direct mail marketing. ■ RESEARCH The efficiency of cross-channel marketing ■ CASE STUDY Festive mail campaign drives 59% response rate ■