Recommerce announces these two external growth moves as it seeks to develop its model throughout Europe and thereby consolidate its European leadership as a platform for solutions allowing the buyback and resale of refurbished high-tech products.
Recommerce advances across Europe
With growth of more than 40% and revenue of 90 million euros, Recommerce is one of the most notable success stories in the European circular economy. Already active in Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and now Germany, Recommerce is aiming to cover all European countries by 2022.
With Eastern Europe particularly receptive to the advantages of refurbishment, Recommerce announces the acquisition of Fenix.eco, a Bucharest-based startup specialized in smartphone refurbishment and resale.
The company will be known as Recommerce Devices & Solutions Romania as of 1 July 2021. Recommerce is targeting revenue of 10 million euros in Eastern Europe, including Romania, within the next three years.
With the acquisition of the app Deal Certify, Recommerce intends to develop its know-how in mobile testing, increase customer confidence, and establish its leadership in mobile recovery in France and across Europe.
Since its creation, Deal Certify has tested nearly a million smartphones, allowing buyers to quickly and easily check the status of a phone, either by testing the product through the Deal Certify app or by viewing quality control reports.
“Our teams at Recommerce have been working for 12 years to construct an increasingly circular economy, and help traders become re-traders. As we are already number 1 in the mobile buyback sector in France, the acquisition of the app Deal Certify will allow us to strengthen our test and rework solutions across Europe. We are pursuing our objective of becoming the leading player in smartphone refurbishment in Europe, because the international market is now a major plank in Recommerce's development, already accounting for 50% of our sales volume. In a bid to accelerate this deployment, we have just completed a second takeover, that of Fenix.eco. So, following Switzerland, Germany and Benelux, we will now be able to deploy in Eastern Europe in countries such as Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary,” said Augustin Becquet, CEO of Recommerce.
“Since the launch of Fenix.eco, our objective has been to become the leader of the refurbished smartphone market in Eastern Europe. Starting from Romania, we are targeting a market of around ten countries, with annual smartphone sales of more than 50 million. Joining forces with the European number 1 in the sector is the fastest way to become the regional leader. The concentration of our sector is an inevitable trend, as players' size becomes a decisive element in remaining competitive and gaining market share,” said Grégoire Vigroux, co-founder of Fenix.eco and president of French Tech Bucharest.
An active member of French Tech Bucharest, Fenix.eco is a Romanian startup launched in 2020 by three French entrepreneurs: Grégoire Vigroux, Hector Destailleur and Adrien Arnoux. The company, which is active in B2C and B2B, sells refurbished smartphones through retail channels and on marketplaces.
Under the new name of Recommerce Devices & Solutions Romania, the Fenix.eco team will continue their activity in Eastern Europe, including Romania, with the help of the Recommerce Group's expertise.
Established in France in 2014, by Olivier Giraudot and Laurent Pelisse, Deal Certify offers test solutions for smartphones. The solutions are aimed at individuals who wish to buy or sell a second-hand smartphone, and especially professionals who need to acquire products and evaluate them as accurately as possible.
The Deal Certify app allows users to carry out technical and legal tests on a smartphone, to find out its specifics, check its parts (battery, screen, connectors, audio, etc) and authenticity, check if it still has its accounts, and that the product has not been reported lost or stolen. A report is issued following the tests to confirm that the product works properly and is in a suitable condition to be bought and sold.