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  2. 2. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA About this study This short version contains excerpts from a comprehensive research study offered by East-West Digital News in partnership with Arvato Russia (Bertelsmann Distribution Center). The research was conducted in partnership with leading consultancies and universities, and based on interviews with over 120 industry players and experts. Details on the full version (10 chapters, 350 pages) are available on page 53. To order a copy, please email us at About the publisher East-West Digital News is the first international information company dedicated to Russian digital industries. Its website EWDN.COM provides news, market data, business analysis and updates pertaining to the Internet, e-commerce, mobile and telecom industries, digital TV and satellite systems, software and hardware innovation, as well as to the related investment activity and legal developments. A consulting branch, East-West Digital Consulting, provides international players with assistance for business development in Russia and advises Russian companies on their international strategies. For more information, please contact us at Advertising, sponsorship and distribution opportunities To inquire about advertising and sponsorship opportunities, or if your would like to get involved in the distribution of this study, please contact us at 2
  3. 3. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Chief editor's note This research project, which began in 2011, sheds unique light on the Russian online retail market, one of the fastest growing but least known (and understood) on the planet. It is based on exchanges with more than 120 market players and experts. We are pleased to provide international audiences with the first reliable and precise data on this market, plus middle and long term forecasts and trends. Much credit for this information is due to the rising Moscow-based consultancy Data Insight, which has developed an impressive methodology integrating a wide range of measurement and analysis instruments. Beyond capital-centric analysis, this report also explores the regional e-commerce scene as the predominance of Moscow and St. Petersburg is coming to an end. We have included a review of e-commerce in the Samara region by the Samara State University of Telecommunications and Informatics, the first in Russia to open an e-commerce department (2004), as well as concrete examples of how e-merchants are expanding their business across Russia. Yet this document is, above all, a practical guide. In the full version, more than 200 pages are dedicated to analysis of and recommendations for each of the key issues defining the industry – from marketing to payments, from fulfillment to legal requirements and on to little known HR challenges. For example, we show how e-commerce companies may increase their sales by up to 100% without additional costs and save up to 40% on delivery fees and payment commissions by optimizing their delivery strategy in the regions. Last but not least, entrepreneurs and investors will enjoy a review of the e-commerce related investment deals that have taken place in Russia over the last three years, with an analysis of the financial issues pertaining to Russian e-commerce and the exit perspectives in the industry. Our special gratitude, finally, goes to the sponsors and advertisers behind this study, who provided us with the means necessary for a pioneering, in-depth investigation. We hope you enjoy this groundbreaking collaborative effort and wish you every success in your e-commerce projects. Sincerely, Adrien Henni. co-founder and chief editor East-West Digital News 3
  4. 4. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Research partners HIGHER EDUCATION AND RESEARCH The E-Commerce Program of the Volga Region University of Telecommunications and Informatics The Netology online education center Moscow School of Management INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS AKIT (Association of Internet Commerce Companies) ACRET (Electronic Retail Company Association) RAEC (Russian Association for Electronic Communications) CONSULTING COMPANIES MEDIA OTHER ORGANIZATIONS 4 The Electronic Money association
  6. 6. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Со-аuthors and participating experts •  Jean-Stéphane Bagoëe CEO Intelligent Emails •  Dasha Gileva Со-founder Redis Crew retail community •  Stanislav Bai CEO •  Оlga Golovina Graduate student Higher School of Economics •  Vladimir Вelugin Marketing director eTargeting •  Bas Godska International expert of e-commerce marketing Acrobator •  Michael Bozanic International business consultant •  Тimofey Gorshkov CEO InSales •  Thierry Cellerin CEO Buzz Factory •  Michael Hartleben Partner Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners •  Mikhail Chentsov Head of the Business legal support division of the Legal department Otto Group Russia •  Adrien Henni Chief editor and co-founder East-West Digital News •  Dmitry Chernichin Graduate student Higher School of Economics •  Igor Nevzorov Senior manager of tax and legal services Head of the IP protection group, PhD (Law) Ernst & Young Russia •  Viktor Dostov President Electronic Money Association •  Maximilien Jacquet Со-founder eStore Agency •  Alexander Egorov Context ad system development director Alytics •  Ilya Eisen CEO Flocktory •  David Kovacic Senior manager PwC Russia •  Kirill Filchenkov E-commerce expert, specialist in logistics and delivery •  Maxim Krasnykh International director Intel Capital •  Alexander Gaiduk Head of labs in the e-commerce dpt. at the Volga State University of Telecommunications and Informatics (PSUTI) •  Andrey Kulikov Senior investment manager Fastlane Ventures 6
  7. 7. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Со-аuthors and participating experts •  Marie Kummerlowe Analyst East-West Digital News •  Irina Shekhalay Со-founder Redis Crew retail community •  Ruslan Kryuchkov UsabilityLab •  Еvgeny Schepelin Director eTraction •  Evgeny Kulakov UX-expert •  Timofey Shikolenko Director of marketing and business development •  Denis Lenshin Student Higher School of Economics •  Vladimir Makarov Marketing and sales director •  Daniil Tkachev CEO Begemota •  Ilya Malyarenko Senior manager PwC Russia •  Konstantin Trofimov CEO •  José Metz General manager La Redoute Rus • Jérôme Ulrich Partner Atalan •  Boris Ovchinnikov Со-founder Data Insight •  Feodor Virin Со-founder Data Insight •  Martijn Peeters Head of the Deals strategy group PwC Russia •  Igor Subow CEO Qiwi Post •  Michael Poetschke CEO Arvato Russia (Bertelsmann Distribution Center) •  Konstantin Yakunin Со-founder Express Russian Mail Service (ERMS) •  Nadezhda Romanov CEO Pick Point •  Alexei Yurasov Head of the e-commerce department PSUTI •  Tobias Schubert COO Groupon Russia •  Sergey Zolkin Senior consultant J’Son & Partners 7
  8. 8. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Table of contents of this executive summary Key market trends and figures 1. The Russian Internet market 1.1. Internet penetration 1.2. Regional contrasts 1.3. Russian audience world-wide 2. The online retail market 2.1. Market size 2.2. Market growth forecasts 2.3. Number of users; user profiles and behavior 2.4. International comparisons 3. Online retailers 3.1. Number of sites 3.2. Market fragmentation 3.3. Gradual involvement of offline players 3.4. Gray e-commerce 3.5. Foreign players 4. Investments in Russian e-commerce 5. Operations 5.1. Logistics 5.2. Payments 5.3. Marketing and sales channels 6. Legal aspects 7. HR: The most painful issue 8. The regional scene 9. Cross-border sales 9 13 13 15 15 16 16 18 19 20 22 22 22 23 23 23 24 26 26 28 30 31 32 34 36 Special insight: The German heroes of Russian e-commerce 38 About the full version 52 8
  9. 9. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA KEY TRENDS & FIGURES To receive the full version of this research study on e-commerce in Russia (10 chapters, 350 pages), please contact us at the following address: 9
  10. 10. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Key trends and figures 30 million Russian E-commerce 2013 About THE NUMBERS Russians shopped online or 23% of the population 18+ Total market size: $16.5bn (550bn rub.) of which was spent on $11bn (365bn rub.) physical goods… ...while cross-border sales reached approximately Online retail accounted for about 2% $2bn $3bn of the total Russian retail market… …but grew by nearly 30% Insales counted 39,000 of which less than Internet shops up from 32,500 in 2012 10 30 made $100m or more in sales (physical goods only)
  11. 11. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Key trends and figures Russian E-commerce THE TRENDS 1 The market is growing by at least 25% each year; some sizeable online retailers are even seeing their sales double or triple. 2 Still lagging behind the capital, the regions are catching up fast, and pioneering retailers already generate more than two thirds of their sales in the regions. 3 Major offline retailers are now coming to e-commerce, while online-offline concepts multiply. 4 4 Maturing and becoming more competitive, the industry is now entering a period of optimization. 5 There is a high level of investment activity, but M&A are still exceptions and are likely to remain so at least in the short term. 6 While the Russian Post's performance is deteriorating, alternative delivery providers now serve most large and mid-sized cities with satisfactory conditions. Retailers can thus increase sales in the regions very significantly. 7 Cash-on-delivery is the rule for physical goods and will remain so for a long time, even though the use of electronic payments is increasing slowly. 8 The lack of qualified human resources appears to be one of the most painful issues, hampering the entire Internet industry. 9 Cross-border sales are growing dramatically, but foreign e-merchants have to carefully localize their site, adapt their marketing approach and deal with customs clearance and delivery issues. 11
  12. 12. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA EXECUTIVE S U M M A R Y To receive the full version of this research study on e-commerce in Russia (10 chapters, 350 pages), please contact us at the following address: 12
  13. 13. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary 1. The Russian Internet market 1.1. Internet penetration Sixty six million people, or 57% of Russia’s adult population, connected on a monthly basis in spring 2013, according to the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM). Of them, 52.1 million people used the Internet daily. The Internet became popular in Russia significantly later than in advanced European countries, with a mere 10% of the adult population connected in 2003 and 20% in 2007. Today, Russia still lags behind most other European countries in terms of penetration, with roughly half of the adult population connected. But Russia is catching up quickly, with an average annual growth in Internet users exceeding 10% over the last few years. In September 2011, Russia overtook Germany as the market with the highest number of unique Internet users in Europe. If growth continues at its current rate, it will take Russia less than a decade to reach the current levels of Europe's most connected countries. According to the Sociology Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia's Internet penetration rate could reach 75% by 2020 and 90% around 2030. Internet penetration rate in Russia (2003-2013) 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Spring 2003 Spring 2004 Spring 2005 Spring 2006 Spring 2007 Spring 2008 Daily users Spring 2009 Spring 2010 Weekly users Spring 2011 Spring 2012 Spring 2013 Monthly users Source: Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) 13
  14. 14. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary Distribution of Internet users by federal district (winter 2012-2013) North-West 11% 7,3 млн. Center 29% incl. 19 млн. Moscow Urals Volga South 19% 12.6 mln 14% 9.4 mln Far East 9% 5.9 mln 4% 2.7 mln Siberia 14% 9 mln Source: FOM Internet penetration: International comparison (mid-2012) Australia UK Germany France Japan USA Spain Italy Russia China Brazil Sources: FOM (Russia), Internet World Stats (other countries) 14
  15. 15. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary 1.2. Regional contrasts Internet penetration in Russia is still uneven. There is a two-fold difference in the percent of Internet users on a monthly basis between the capitals, Moscow and St. Petersburg which have over 75% Internet penetration, compared to 45% in Dagestan and 42% in Mordovia, according to a FOM report from February 2013. The average across Russia is 58%. Among the key factors explaining these regional contrasts are differences in the standard of living, purchasing power and development of broadband and wireless Internet access, as well as computer and Internet literacy. The differences between regions by usage intensity are even more profound. Internet penetration and usage intensity are interconnected: the higher the percent of Internet users, the higher the level of Internet activity and vice versa. As of spring 2013, just 11% of Russian Internet users lived in Moscow, 4% in St. Petersburg and 9% in cities with more than 1 million inhabitants, while 20% lived in rural areas. Almost three quarters of all Russian Internet users live in the European part of Russia. 1.3. Russian audience world-wide The Russian-speaking audience is in the range of 90 million users, including an approximate 20 million Russian speaking users in the former Soviet republics, Western Europe, Israel and North America. IN THE FULL VERSION: •  Internet penetration data by Russian region and type of city; •  An analysis of the regional contrasts in Internet penetration and usage intensity. 15
  16. 16. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary 2. The online retail market 2.1. Market size In 2012, according to Data Insight, Russian online retail accounted for a total market volume of nearly 400 billion rubles (approximately $13 billion), up 27% from the previous year, including 290 billion rubles ($9.5 billion) spent on physical goods. This year, the market is expected to near 550 billion rubles ($16.5 billion), not including cross-border sales to Russia which total an estimated $3 billion. On a yearly basis, according to Data Insight, 30 million Russians bought physical goods online. Regarding market segments, the general picture is rather clear, although different methodologies from different sources reflect some differences. The categories of physical goods most in demand are apparel and footwear, home appliances, consumer electronics and computer hardware as well as books, cosmetics and beauty products. Turnover by segment (2012 and H1 2013, in billion rubles) Segments 2012 H1 2013 Household appliances and electronics 116 65,7 Clothing, shoes, accessories 36 20,2 Car parts 29 15,6 Household goods and furniture, DIY 18 9,6 Children's goods 12 5,9 Cosmetics and perfumes 10 5,5 Books, DVDs, CDs 5 2,8 Groceries 7 3,5 Sporting goods 3 2,0 Gifts, luxury goods 3 1,6 Non-specialized Internet stores 21 13,1 Other 21 11,7 Source: Data Insight 16
  17. 17. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary On daily deal and group buying sites – which lost traction in 2012 – the five types of services or goods most in demand are related to beauty services, entertainment and sports, dining and travel. Among virtual goods and services, the most popular appear to be airline and train tickets as well as event tickets, and software. IN THE FULL VERSION: •  More detailed segment analysis by sales volumes, number of buyers, spending amount and average order value; •  User segmentation by gender age, income level, education and occupation; •  User segmentation by gender and age applied to different product and price categories, with highlights of geographic contrasts and variations. 17
  18. 18. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary 2.2. Market growth forecasts We anticipate that, in 2015, Russia’s total online retail market could amount to at least 845 billion rubles (more than $27 billion). The fastest growth rate is expected to be found in the regions. According to moderate forecasts, Russia’s online retail market could amount to $50-70 billion by 2020. In no case should this figure, which represents around 7% of Russia's total retail market, be regarded as a maximum. In the long term, strong growth will be fueled mainly by such structural factors as: •  E-signature and online payments becoming more popular: mass demand for non- material products such as insurance and tour package offers. •  Fulfillment infrastructure reaching maturity: With reduced delivery costs, the scope of e-commerce will extend to cheaper product categories and be made available even to small cities and remote areas. Russian e-commerce could thus represent a market of up to $150 billion within 10 to 15 years. Russian e-commerce market growth forecast Long term: > $100bn 2020: $50bn to $70bn 2010: $8bn 2013: $16.5bn Source: EWDN 18
  19. 19. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary IN THE FULL VERSION: E-commerce growth drivers are analyzed in full detail: • Quantitative factors: number of Internet users; the proportion of online shoppers among users; the frequency and diversity of online purchases; the average value of online orders, which is linked to both income level and consumer spending growth, as well as growing readiness of online shoppers to buy more expensive items; • Qualitative factors: growing investments in the regions; improvements in service quality; the development of strong brands; improvements in delivery across Russia; and lower online prices. The research also describes the undergoing shift in market structure, with the predicted future predominance of the regions over Moscow and St. Petersburg. 2.3. Number of users; user profiles and behavior In 2012, Data Insight counted 22 million online buyers on a six-month basis (up 30% from 2011) corresponding to approximately 33% of Russian Internet users and 15% of the Russian adult population.1 On a monthly basis, according to FOM surveys, 16.9% of Russian Internet users actually bought online, representing 11.1 million people. Another 6.1% made their choice online but actually completed their purchase offline or by phone. Meanwhile, over three quarters of Internet users were not involved in e-commerce. Online shopping has already become a rather common method of consuming for active Russian Internet users, particularly those with upper middle and high incomes living in Moscow, St. Petersburg and large Russian cities. This is why online shopping penetration in Russia, which is still weak compared to some Western European countries, is expected to catch up in the long term with the most advanced countries like the UK, where up to 85% of Internet users are involved in online shopping. According to Data Insight, the Russian online retail market could well involve 44 million online shoppers as early as 2015 (doubling from 2012) and tens of millions more by the end of the decade. Significant differences regarding online purchases can be observed between different population groups. For example, men to spend more online than women; they more actively purchase car parts, mobile phones and computers, while women are more attracted by such categories as clothing and children’s goods. 1. Three groups drive this growth in the number of online shoppers: individuals in the regions, especially in small towns, individuals with low incomes and individuals newly connected to the Internet. 19
  20. 20. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary Generally speaking, people from younger age groups, with higher revenues and that have completed higher education, tend to consume more online than those from the opposite groups. According to various surveys, online shoppers most appreciate lower prices, easier comparisons and convenient delivery. Variations can occur depending on socio-geographic criteria. For example, more than others, the inhabitants of the capitals and the largest cities appreciate that online shopping allows them to save time and the service level offered by online shopping, when it comes to delivery questions. Symmetrically, users are very sensitive to price and product information on the website, pricing and delivery conditions, which are among causes for dissatisfaction. Trust is a key issue, with at least 30% of Russian Internet users declaring they never shop online versus 10% to 20% in most Western countries. IN THE FULL VERSION: •  A detailed analysis of user profiles with segmentation by gender, age, occupation and education; •  An anaysis of the recency, frequency and motivations of online shopping with international comparisons; •  Developments on the trust issue, with accounts from online players, service providers and industry associations on how they deal with it. 2.4. International comparisons In 2012, the sales volume of online retail in Russia was similar to that in Brazil, while significantly behind the USA and Western Europe. The share of online retail in total retail amounted to approximately 2%, compared to between 5% and 10% in the USA and most West European countries. In the UK, this share reaches 13%. Research by PwC in 2012 found that Russian Internet users make purchases less frequently (43%) than the international average (60%). Nevertheless, the low penetration of e-commerce in Russia - in 2012 only about 15% of the adult population shopped online – is primarily due to the relatively low level of Internet penetration. Given that in 2012 30% of Internet users shopped online, the share of online retail sales in Russia is more or less comparable with the situation in Italy, Greece and the new EU members from Central Europe and the Baltic states, all of which have similar levels of e-commerce. 20
  21. 21. ИНТЕРНЕТ ТОРГОВЛЯ В РОССИИ Резюме Online retail in 2012: Russia compared with Europe's main markets (physical goods only, online retail volume and as a percentage of total retail sales, in billion euros) Sources: E-Commerce Europe Association (EU countries), Data Insight (Russia) Online retail in 2013: Market size and early growth rate In Russia and other markets (physical and virtual goods, not including games, in billion USD) Sources: Data Insight (Russia), eMarketer (other countries) 21
  22. 22. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary 3. Online retailers 3.1. Number of sites In early 2013, payment aggregator Robokassa and analytics company Openstat identified 1.2 million “commercial sites” (i.e. sites that offer payment functions) in the .ru, .su and .рф domains out of more than 3 million sites on the Russian Internet in total. Of these “commercial sites,” just a small part can actually be considered e-commerce sites. InSales has estimated the number of active e-commerce sites (generating at least two orders per month) at 39,000 in 2013, up from 16,000 in 2010 and 6,000 in 2007. Number of Russian e-commerce sites (2 orders per day or more) Source: InSales 3.2. Market fragmentation A consequence of the limited size of the market itself – with Russia's $13 billion in 2012 representing less than 40% of Germany's online retail market and one twentieth of the US market – Russian online retailers are noticeable for their small sales volumes in comparison with major foreign players. The order of magnitude is simply different: in 2012, the Ozon group's net sales, for example, represented less than 3% of those of its model,, in countries such as Germany ($250 million vs. $8,732 million). This situation also reflects the atomization of a Russian market that is still in the early stages of its development, with no more than two dozen players generating $100 million or more per year. 22
  23. 23. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary In certain segments, there are no major professional players due to a lack of significant investment, while existing small e-merchants generally offer poor service. This situation particularly affects the fields of construction materials, furniture, plumbing and small niche industries. 3.3. Gradual involvement of offline players Large domestic retail companies are only beginning to enter the Russian e-commerce market, and many are still absent. Several international players currently do not sell online in Russia even though they have strong e-commerce experience in other countries. However, a clear move toward online-offline integration has been noticeable over the last few years. While traditional retailers are developing their first e-commerce activities, several online players, in a reciprocal move, have gone offline. 3.4. Gray e-commerce In certain market segments, a significant part of online retail – anywhere from 20% to 80%, depending on the estimates – goes through unofficial schemes of varying scale. It can even not be ruled out that even some of the largest Russian e-commerce players keep part of their cash revenues undeclared. 3.5. Foreign players Among Russia's 30 largest e-commerce properties are just half a dozen foreign companies (including Groupon, Otto Group, La Redoute, Yves Rocher) and Russian companies with foreign shareholders and management. These cases show that foreign retailers can operate on the Russian market at a significant scale when relying on a strong local team, fully taking into account local specificities – from marketing, to payments, to fulfillment – and, in certain cases, developing their own fulfillment capacities. Some foreigners assume that they can start selling significant volumes to Russian consumers by simply extending their existing businesses. This is possible, as shown by the experience of Amazon, eBay, Asos and a number of Chinese websites. Cross-border sales to Russia are soaring and total an estimated $3 billion in 2013. However, cross-border sales in large volumes are possible only if the foreign e-stores or brands is perceived by local consumers as having significant and distinctive advantages (in terms of price and product assortment in particular) and adapted to the specifics of the Russian market and the expectations of local consumers. IN THE FULL VERSION: •  Russia's top 30 online retailers ranked by turnover and traffic •  An analysis of on the click-and-mortar trend with a description of the most notable initiatives by both Russian and foreign companies; •  A detailed insider description of gray market trade schemes with commentaries from leading online retailers. EWDN is also about to release a special report on cross-border sales 23
  24. 24. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary 4. Investments in Russian e-commerce During the past few years, according to research studies by Fast Lane Ventures, PWC and RVC, e-commerce in the broad sense was the major destination for venture investment in Russia. During these three years, based on publicly disclosed transactions, the Russian online retail industry attracted more than $950 million in venture investment, including $400 million for 2012 alone. 1 In scope, these figures are comparable with investments in e-commerce in the U.S., but they look modest in comparison with India and China. In the latter, venture investments in e-commerce have ranged in the tens of billions of dollars since 2010. IN THE FULL VERSION: The research contains: •  Full list of all disclosed venture investment deals from 2010 to 2013; •  The attractiveness of Russian e-commerce from an investor point of view is also discussed with leading Russian and Western investors: Leonid Boguslavsky of Ru-Net, Gleb Davidyuk of iTech Capital, Maxim Krasnykh of Intel Capital, Damian Doberstein and Alexandra Rasskazova of e-Venture Capital Partners, Bakhrom Ibragimov of EBRD, Edward Shenderovich of Kite Ventures and David Waroquier of Mangrove Capital Partners. Among the topics discussed are: •  The pros and cons of investing in Russian e-commerce; •  The financial impact of Russia's specific conditions for e-commerce venture; •  The exit issue, with an analysis of the existing exit cases as well as of the M&A and IPO perspectives in the short, middle and long-term. 1. These figures includes "classic" e-commerce, travel services, private sales, daily deals and collective buying as well as classifieds and other startups involved in e-commerce. The amounts invested in these sectors could be twice as much if taking into account undisclosed transactions. 24
  25. 25. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary Venture investment in Russian e-commerce (2010-2013) Publicly disclosed deals of $10 million and more Sources: EWDN, Fastlane Ventures – A comprehensive list of deals is offered in the full version of the study 25
  26. 26. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary 5. Operations 5.1. Logistics Combined with an ailing road and rail infrastructure and a landscape of professional logistics providers that is just developing or undergoing its modernization, Russia's exceptionally vast geography makes the country challenging for anyone who wants to deliver goods to or within Russia. E-commerce companies working with the Russian Post, in particular, often complain about excessive delivery time and lost or stolen parcels. However, delivery options have improved significantly over the past few years, with several new providers offering a higher quality of service and shorter delivery time to large and midsized cities across the country. Their tariffs, which used to be significantly higher than those of the Russian Post, now tend to be more competitive. Meanwhile, pure online players like,, and have deployed their own warehousing and delivery processing facilities across the country. Others, like multichannel (online and offline) retailers Otto and Svyaznoy, have developed existing logistics systems to serve the growing needs of their e-commerce branches. IN THE FULL VERSION: Combining expert analysis and market players' concrete experience, the research analyzes the issues pertaining to supplies, warehousing, delivery, returns, and call centers, as well as process automation. •  Industry experts provide practical recommendations on how to choose and work with suppliers, logistics providers, and delivery companies. •  The report offers an in-depth, data-driven analysis of online retailers’ options to ship parcels across the country and case studies. Astonishing findings will help retailers multiply their sales to the regions by optimizing coverage parameters and delivery terms. •  The report also includes an independent and comprehensive overview of logistics and delivery providers operating in Russia – from the Russian Post to the new generation of delivery and pick-up point companies – as well as practical recommendations as how to choose, and organize processes with, these providers. •  Special developments are offered on returns as well as call centers, with interviews from several online retailers and specialized providers. 26
  27. 27. The Seven Plagues of the Russian Post 1 Service is extremely slow: Domestic deliveries to remote areas take weeks, while cross-border shipments may take months. 2 Service is not reliable: In the absence of an efficient tracking system, a non negligible portion of parcels are lost or even stolen. The video shows empty parcels delivered by the Russian Post (source: 3 Parcels are not delivered to home addresses and recipient notification is deficient: When a customer is not at home or does not answer the door, the Post is supposed to leave a notification in the recipient's mailbox regarding the attempted delivery. However, many mailboxes in the country are broken, and there is a suspicion that postmen do not always leave these notifications. As a result, the parcel is returned to the merchant, while the customer has never been informed about the attempted delivery. 4 Long lines at post offices: Half of recipients spend 30 minutes or more on average to pick up parcels in post offices.   Average waiting time in Russian post offices (survey by a leading distance selling company among approximately 10,000 customers in early 2012). 5 The Post charges “storage service:" There is an added fee if a parcel is not picked up from the post office within a few days. However, storage time is not tracked efficiently, and many parcels are returned to the sender even before the standard storage time expires. 6 Accounting complications: Some distance selling and e-commerce operators complain about issues at this level. 7 Decreasing cost advantage: The Post has raised its delivery rates over the past few years, while alternative providers have lowered theirs. As a result, the Post's offer has become less competitive in the areas that are also covered by competitors. EWDN thanks e-commerce expert Kirill Filchenkov for contributing to this article. The Russian Post did not answer our questions.
  28. 28. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary 5.2. Payments The ever changing Russian payment landscape, which some confused foreigners call a jungle, displays some specific features: •  In Russia, more so than in most developed or emerging countries, cash has remained the predominant payment method to date, although its share is decreasing slowly in retail, both offline and online. •  Various forms of electronic payment are on the rise, even though used only by a minority. In addition to bank cards, the use of which is growing slowly, several new solutions and offers appear each year, and some of them are intended to create a universal means of payment. •  Large segments of the electronic payment market are led by domestic players, from payment terminal operators to mobile carriers to electronic currency companies. While the online retailers interviewed for this research are almost unanimous in regarding payments as an issue, a majority of them said they have found more or less satisfactory ways to cope with it. As such, the practice of cash on delivery does not always have a negative effect on returns or the financial condition of a company. The consequences may be more negative in such specific segments such as online travel booking, where some products can be reserved only using bank cards, not to mention business models based on recurring payments or subscriptions, such as online dating services, which so far have not developed in Russia due to the absence of a universal recurring payment solution. Industry experts and e-commerce executives all predict that the use of electronic payments will continue to rise, with government encouragement, which will favor the development of online retail in Russia. But opinions diverge regarding the specifics of using bank cards online. While some sites, like online travel services and cross-border platforms, already record significant activity and rapid growth in the use of bank cards, others sites, especially those selling physical goods, like, tend to believe today's situation will likely continue for the foreseeable future. 28
  29. 29. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary It is safe, however, to expect the following trends to develop in the short- and mid-term: •  Cash on delivery – and cash pre-payments to a lesser extent – will remain the main payment method for physical goods; •  Cash payment terminals (e.g. Qiwi) will remain popular, especially for services or virtual goods; •  Bank cards will be used increasingly for services, virtual goods, and e-content, while integrating further with other systems (e.g. Qiwi+Visa, Yandex.Dengi, and MasterCard); •  E-currencies (Yandex.Money, Qiwi Visa Wallet, Webmoney and Paypal), are likely to develop further mainly for goods and services at lower price points; •  Mobile payment systems (e.g. RURU from Vimpelcom and Legkiy Platezh from MTS) could develop for goods and services at lower or middle price points; •  New payment methods (e.g. recurring, one-click and mobile acquiring), now just emerging, could become an option for for existing players and for the development of new businesses. IN THE FULL VERSION: The research offers a comprehensive and detailed description of each payment method available in Russia, with a discussion of its possible relevance for online retailers: •  Cash on delivery, the difficulties this system brings to retailers and the advantages that some find in it; •  Cash payments via offline networks, from the Russian Post to banks as well as to some retail networks; •  Cash payments via cash-in kiosks, with a description of their features and the commissions systems of the three main operators; •  Online payments via bank cards, with an analysis of the reasons why bank cards are used so infrequently, from user trust issues to the reluctance of the retailers themselves; •  E-currencies, with a description of the main systems, their features and fees, and a discussion on PayPal's entry on the Russian market; •  Mobile payments, with an exclusive and exhaustive list of the systems made available by Russian mobile operators and payment solution providers, and how these are actually used by Russian online retailers; •  Online banking and the first steps by Russian banks to integrate their systems with those of online retailers; •  Payment by credit and other new payment methods. 29
  30. 30. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary 5.3. Marketing and sales channels Although the whole spectrum of e-marketing instruments is now available, some of them are less developed, or less widely used, in Russia. In the field of display advertising, while the shift from CPM to performance-based marketing is just starting in Russia, the online video advertising and the mobile advertising markets are still in their infancy. Affiliate networks are just beginning to take shape. Viral, buzz and blog approaches are also in their early stages. As for email marketing and CRM, which has been adopted by major players only recently, state-of-the-art methodologies and tools are still far from being widely used. Another marketing instrument, retargeting, has landed on Russia's shores only recently. Whereas Western entrepreneurs were surprised by the relatively low cost of online marketing campaigns just a couple of years ago, Russia's price advantage has disappeared. The Russian market now tends to be driven by aggressive players bringing strong advertising budgets, which leads to tensions on available inventory and a noticeable price hike. This is especially true in the most competitive segments, like fashion. Though tending to be more difficult to get, discounts can still be considerable – up to 80% – if negotiated by market insiders. Another difference between Russian Internet marketing and its counterparts in the European or American markets is a relatively low level of local marketing expertise. The Russian market is flooded with a massive number of agencies, with the majority of them offering unpredictable service quality, whereas Internet stores themselves suffer a shortage of qualified professionals in this and other areas. IN THE FULL VERSION: The research offers a detailed description of each marketing instrument and sales channel available in Russia. The efficiency of these instruments is assessed and compared, with a focus on optimizing their usage, particularly by online retailers. Included in the analysis are: SEO; contextual advertising; display advertising; affiliate networks; discounts and flash sales; social networks; viral marketing; email marketing for customer acquisition and CRM; loyalty programs; mobile marketing and commerce; offline marketing. An exclusive overview of Russia's marketplaces is offered with a discussion on their influence and a comparison table showing each one's features and conditions. Special analysis is dedicated to the strengthening of the position of the two giants Yandex.Market and eBay. 30
  31. 31. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary 6. Legal aspects Unlike many other business spheres in Russia, e-commerce is still insufficiently regulated, with no legislation specifically drafted to regulate e-commerce as such. So far, this industry has been subject to rules contained in Russia’s Civil Code and a range of federal laws, which were originally designed to regulate matters outside the electronic context. However, 2011 saw the adoption of a federal law on electronic payment system as well as significant amendments to the existing law on personal data. Additional Internet-specific legislation is currently being discussed. In certain cases, however, these efforts to improve the legal framework regulating ecommerce have resulted in severe and arguably unnecessary complications for market players. In particular, many aspects of the legislation on personal data collection and use have become particularly demanding and its implementation may be fastidious and costly. IN THE FULL VERSION: The Ernst & Young team in Russia as well as Mikhail Chentsov, Head of the Business Legal Support Division of Otto Group Russia's Legal Dept., and Michael Hartleben, Associate at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, discuss the essential rules of e-commerce and explain how online retailers should apply them. In particular, there is a detailed description of the requirements of the 2011 law on personal data with practical recommendations to online retailers on how to deal with them. Included are developments on: •  How the law defines personal data and whether email addresses and phone numbers are considered personal data; •  How personal data can be collected or a database can be acquired, with the data subjects' consent and how the law defines consent; •  How personal data can be used, both within the Russian territory and in the case of cross-border use of personal data; •  How personal data must be protected, with the list of the legally required technical and organizational measures to assure this protection; •  The liability for violation of conditions of personal data processing. This legal analysis is complemented by interviews with online retailers on how this law has impacted their business. The legal analysis also includes a detailed table of 11 types of online actions for marketing or commercial purposes, from user-generated contests to purchasedbased actions to lotteries, with the key legal points pertaining to each. 31
  32. 32. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary 7. HR: The most painful issue The lack of qualified human resources appears to be one of the most difficult issue faced by the fast growing e-commerce industry in Russia. All key positions are affected, from general managers and project managers, to e-marketing specialists to IT and fulfillment teams. Key positions affected by HR shortages as experienced by ДепартаментыMoscow e-commerce companies Доступность кадров Marketing Acute shortage IT More or less acute shortage, depending on specialties Sales Available, but mainly from offline Logistics Available, but mainly from offline Project managers Acute shortage General managers Acute shortage Source: EWDN interviews The shortage of skilled employees on the market drives rapidly growing salaries – $10,000 per month or more for certain positions – and increases competition between employers for available employees. As a result, important positions may be filled with insufficiently skilled employees or left vacant for months. Some Moscow companies try to recruit in the regions or abroad. Whereas positive developments are witnessed year after year in the fields of electronic payments and fulfillment, the acute HR imbalance may even worsen in the foreseeable future. The demand for qualified employees by e-commerce sites, as well as from other categories of Internet sites, fueled by massive investment, is likely to continue growing at the same high speed as the growth of the Internet and e-commerce markets themselves. On the supply side, it will take a long time for the Russian educational system to solve its problems, most of which are chronic, in order to provide the e-commerce industry with a new generation of adequately trained professionals. 32
  33. 33. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary Some universities are trying to fill the gap, in Moscow as well as in some cities in the regions. However, these resources remain insufficiently known about or appreciated by market players. On a positive note, however, the first generation of native Russian e-commerce entrepreneurs already has a strong track record. Among the most impressive figures are Viktor Lysenko and Elena Masolova, who built a leading daily deal site in just six months, before selling it to Groupon Inc., and Maria Kolesnik of the travel booking site Lesser known but no less deserving of recognition are Alexander Goltsov, Nikolai Gudovsky and Viktor Kuznetsov, who were just students when they created in 2007, a website that has since became a leading Russian e-commerce property. Also interesting is the story of Andrei Kabakov and Anton Koshevoi, who created with just $4,000 in 2009 in Rostov-on-Don. The site has since become a major player in several regions of the country. IN THE FULL VERSION: •  Applications / vacancies ratio for key positions; •  Recruitment agency data on average salaries by position; •  The Russian universities and training centers with the strongest ecommerce programs; •  An analysis of recruitment alternatives, from extra training programs to recruiting expats to searching for qualified resources in the regions; •  A discussion on employee motivation and loyalty in Russia. 33
  34. 34. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary 8. The regional scene Although still partially true, the traditional view of a ‘digital divide’ between the 'capitals' (Moscow and St. Petersburg) and the regions does not sufficiently take into account new or emerging realities in market geography and delivery conditions. Not only is the division of Russia into two segments, “the capitals vs. the regions,” little accurate in itself, but the macro-economic truth that these two segments represent approximately equal market volumes says little of an e-commerce company’s actual potential in each of them. As a matter of fact, KupiVIP has already almost two thirds of its sales generated from the regions, while some regional e-commerce companies (e.g., are asserting themselves at major players on the national scene. Moscow-focused e-commerce companies will probably be surprised by the fact that many nationwide e-commerce companies have recorded higher purchase activity in cities with a population between 300,000 and one million than in Moscow. For all these reasons, Moscow and St. Petersburg are no longer areas to focus on exclusively. It cannot be ruled out that some cities will appear to be even more appealing than Moscow, taking into account their inhabitants’ online consumption habits, lower local competition as well as newly available delivery conditions. E-commerce market growth in the capitals and the regions (2012-2015) 2012 2013E 2015F Market volume Market volume Market volume (in billion rubles) (in billion rubles) (in billion rubles) Capitals 214 260 365 x 1.7 Regions 191 265 480 x 2.5 Total 405 525 845 x 2.1 Growth 2012-2015 Source: Data Insight 34
  35. 35. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary IN THE FULL VERSION: •  Number of Internet users and online shoppers in Russia’s regions; •  Variations in average spending, purchase frequency, purchase intensity and purchase diversity among regions and cities; •  The penetration of national e-commerce sites in the regions; •  Medium-and long-term forecasts for online trading in the regions. The main obstacles to the development of e-commerce in the regions are analyzed by their level of importance, the product categories they affect, and the likeliness that the obstacles can be overcome; •  Cases studies: How regional sites and are emerging as nationwide players; When and how,, and began selling more in the regions than in the capitals; •  A description of the local e-commerce scene in the Samara region, offered by the E-Commerce department of the Telecommunications and Informatics University of the Volga region. 35
  36. 36. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary 9. Cross-border sales Online sales to Russia from foreign retailers have grown considerably over the last few years and may well reach $3 billion in 2013. Russian consumers appreciate foreign retailers’ diversified assortment and enjoy virtually tax-free purchases. Although this market remains opaque, a clear picture has emerged from our three-month inquiry: •  International giants Amazon and eBay, as well as a number of Western fashion brands in the clothing segment, enjoy high trust and popularity among Russian customers, but Chinese retailers are gaining strong traction but in different product categories. •  Apparel and accessories, consumer electronics and gadgets, as well as automobile parts are the most in demand product categories. •  Putting aside offer localization and adaptation, marketing, and customer service issues, foreign e-merchants run into two difficulties: customs clearance and delivery to the client, and also payment issues for some companies. 9.1. Market figures and trends The market is developing fast (with between 50% to 100% growth each year) and challenging the country’s transport and customs infrastructure. In the spring of 2013, Moscow airports were congested with up to 500 tons of parcels massed up at customs check points. In August, the Federal Customs Service pledged to add hundreds of new employees before the end of the year to help deal with the growing flow of parcels from abroad. Leading countries involved in cross border sales to Russia via eBay (2012 ) Source: eBay 36
  37. 37. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA Executive Summary Market growth benefits major international online retailers as well as many sites selling small quantities in niche segments. Some of them report their sales volume and order size with Russian customers are much larger than with any other country and with recent growth exceeding their expectations. 9.2. Why Russians buy abroad Even taking into account delivery costs, many products are still cheaper if bought abroad than on the domestic market. Price differences may be even more considerable with some rare items: a bolo tie aficionado told us there can be ten-fold price difference between a local Russian shop and a foreign online retailer. One of the reasons for this price advantage is that parcels received by inhabitants of the Customs Union (including Russia) are not subject to customs taxation if they do not exceed 31 kg in weight and 1,000 euros in value for month per recipient.1 A number of products are simply not available, or hard to find, on the domestic market. This concerns not only such collectables as Star Wars figurines. Other items such as a number of car spare parts and accessories, when related to rare or little known car brands, are virtually nonexistent in Russia, especially in the regions. BayRu has built its assortment of car spare parts after identifying the products that were most lacking on existing Russian online resources and offline shops. EWDN'S SPECIAL REPORT ON CROSS-BORDER SALES INCLUDES: In early 2014, in partnership with and the E-Commerce Europe association, East-West Digital News will release a report dedicated to cross-border sales to Russia. In addition to market figures and trend analysis, this report will contain: •  An analysis of customs practices and customs legislation, as well as possible changes in them; •  Interviews with representatives of Russian and foreign online stores and intermediary sites; •  A detailed analysis of the product categories most in demand; •  An analysis of delivery difficulties, their causes and possible solutions regarding the bottlenecks at the Russian customs; •  Information on the unreliability of the Russian Post and on alternative courier companies; •  The options available to foreign merchants to promote their offers to Russian consumers; •  A discussion of the different options for market penetration, from selling from abroad to partnering with Russian operators to opening a local representative office or subsidiary. To receive a free summary or pre-order this report, please contact us at 1. If weight or value do exceed these numbers, customs duty amounts to 30% of the value of the part in excess, with a minimum tax fare of 4 euros per kg. Currently Russian authorities are considering switching to a less liberal customs regime. 37
  38. 38. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA SPECIAL INSIGHT THE GERMAN HEROES O F R U S S I A N E - C O M M E R C E To receive the full version of this research study on e-commerce in Russia (10 chapters, 350 pages), please contact us at the following address: 38
  39. 39. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA | Special insight Michael Poetschke (Arvato Russia) Arvato Russia CEO Michael Poetschke: “For fulfillment, Russia is not China” After more than 15 years in the market, Bertelsmann subsidiary Arvato Russia has asserted itself as one of the main fulfillment providers in Russia, both for traditional distance selling and for e-commerce operations. In this exclusive interview, CEO Michael Poetschke talks about the opportunities and the difficulties of the Russian market with equal frankness. He also comments on the latest trends in e-commerce fulfillment, where a limited number of warehousing service providers are available to deal with a growing demand from startups and more established companies. – When and why did you come to Russia? Our Russian story started back in the beginning of the 1990’s. Arvato initially entered Russia to serve an existing client of Bertelsmann’s German printing business, “Book Club Terra,” a newly created Russian book club inspired by the Bertelsmann experience. This kind of business was a novelty at that time in Russia. It was a huge success and soon had a million members, but this company had a weak point: logistics. As such, they came to us in 1995, and this triggered us to set up a full-fledged logistics business in Russia in 1997. At that time, I was responsible for Eastern Europe, and this was one of my projects. My boss told me: You’ve sold us the project, now why don’t you go there to make it work and show us the result? This is how I moved to Russia. – How did Russian companies manage their logistics at that time? No one understood what we were doing when we started. Even though the local authorities provided some investment incentives, they did not understand this new kind of business. They were used to seeing companies buying and selling things but not to handling goods and providing services for third parties. The very concept was unknown in Russia. In addition, there is little trust in Russia, not only do people not trust companies, companies do not trust each other either. This creates a lot of paperwork and the most simple structure for businesses is vertical, with everything in-house and under direct control, including logistics. An example in the mail order business is Mir Knigi; they developed a logistics department for their own mail order business in the early 1990’s known today as Beta Production. Observing carefully how we do our business they eventually started to serve third party clients as well. 39
  40. 40. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA | Special insight Michael Poetschke (Arvato Russia) – Setting up a business in Russia was not among the simplest things for a foreign company in the 1990s… Gorbachev had a famous piece of advice for Honecker: “Who comes too late will be punished by life.” I would add: “Who comes too early is punished as well.” Indeed we came too early and experienced plenty of difficulties – the unprecedented 1998 financial crash in particular. However, as a conservative, German, family-owned company we showed enough patience to stay and wait for market conditions to improve. Meanwhile, we quickly gained more clients, in particular publishing houses interested in personalized mailings like Reader’s Digest, as well as new companies trying to copy Terra’s B2C model. In 2003, we started dealing with new product categories. We were serving a German publishing giant which had launched a joint venture in Russia, named “Moi Mir.” Their catalog included not only books but also household and office items. However, they closed their business in 2008. The lesson is that distance selling has a cost, from fulfillment operations to supporting a call center and of course delivery throughout a huge country. If your AOV [average order value] is too low you will not cover this cost, you will not be successful. AOV should reach at least 1,000 or 1,500 rubles [approximately $30 to $50] – not 500 rubles [$15]. A specific problem here was also that book prices are traditionally low in Russia. Nevertheless, we went deeper into product diversification. As a matter of fact, the basic principles, processes and the IT systems you need are the same, no matter what the product is. In 2004, Yves Rocher found us. They were satisfied after testing us and migrated from one of our competitors. This was the starting point of our rapid growth. In the beginning of 2006, the well-known German mail order giant Quelle (fashion) launched its Russian business and chose us for fulfillment services right from the very start. It was a huge success immediately. In 2009, we dispatched four million parcels for this client alone. We came under great pressure to keep pace with the rapid growth of our clients’ businesses. Scalability – as we call it – in personnel and space as well as IT is a must to have satisfied customers. We always managed. – Some e-commerce companies complain there is too little competition on the market of logistics services today… Today the market of fulfillment for e-commerce is, indeed, very small. Many big names have their own capacities. Independent companies are few and small. The new wave of bigger players offering their in-house capacities to third parties (OTTO, OZON, KupiVIP, Mir Knigi) is recent. Some Western logistics companies like DHL or Kuehne&Nagel certainly have the competence to offer fulfillment services in Russia as well, but they have not gone very far to date. 40
  41. 41. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA | Special insight Michael Poetschke (Arvato Russia) Logistics services for e-commerce (B2C) significantly differ from those provided by traditional providers of transport and warehousing services (2PL, contract logistics, B2B). For instance, FM Logistic, in spite of their huge warehousing capacities for companies like L’Oreal, Nestle and others did not succeed in their attempts to diversify into B2C. One of the reasons for this failure is that, in e-commerce, you need to provide complex and tailor-made solutions for very different business models and product and consumer groups, including integration of CRM, reverse logistics, tracking systems, last mile management and much more. This obviously requires high flexibility, competencies for the whole value chain and – last but not least – a very robust and sophisticated IT. – So how did you start serving e-commerce companies? Our traditional mail order customers launched their first online initiatives already some time ago. Now the online part of our business is typically above 50%. In September 2010, we started to serve our first pure e-commerce client,, a subsidiary of the German OTTO group. We set a record with them. There were just six weeks between the day I first met their managing director and the day we dispatched the first parcel! With Lamoda it was also a mere two months. Such projects are conducted at a crazy speed, talking day and night on the phone, exchanging SMS, etc. Everything goes much more quickly in e-commerce. Speed is value for these businesses. To serve these clients you have to be much more flexible and even to reinvent your business to a certain extent. The differences between traditional mail order and new e-commerce cover practically all logistical processes. For instance, Lamoda or Sapato may have 100,000 or 200,000 different references (SKU) with just two or three identical pieces of the same item. Compare this to Yves Rocher’s 1,500 references and 20 million products in stock! When you deal with e-commerce you must build shelves and mezzanines – instead of pallet rags – to handle this huge diversity of items. You pick the items directly from the storage places. – Which kinds of difficulties do online retailers typically face when dealing with logistics? E-commerce startups face many issues. To build a wide assortment – which is a necessity in most online business concepts – they are looking for sourcing from local companies as well as from abroad. Local sourcing is often a nightmare. As a small customer, e-commerce startups do not get any special treatment from suppliers. Moreover, many of the items they receive are in a terrible shape with damaged packaging or second sort. Electronic data exchanges, bar codes to scan and proper labeling are often absent, which makes item identification very difficult. In this painful learning process, we (Arvato) often have to do the corrective work. Just imagine the scene. We receive a truckload of shoes without any labels or documents. We had to put them all on the floor and our ladies spent days checking and identifying each pair individually! This is a reflection of the low level of logistics in Russia as well as its still considerable gray economy. Many goods still do not go through customs the official way. 41
  42. 42. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA | Special insight Michael Poetschke (Arvato Russia) HR is another acute issue – especially in e-commerce. It is very difficult to find good specialists for almost all areas – purchasing, marketing, IT, logistics, accounting and so on. As far as we see, there is a lot of “job hopping” going on. Teams are not very stable. As a result, we sometimes do not know with whom to talk and in what “language.” We have launched master-classes to help our clients raise their staff’s skills. – From fulfillment to IT, from data management to customer care, from loyalty to financial services – you now offer an extended range of services. Are you no longer focusing on logistics? Under the term logistics many in Russia understand just transport, delivery and, at best, warehousing, but these are only part of the complex solutions needed for fulfilling B2C orders. We indeed extended our offerings to the widest possible full service range (E2E), including consulting at the very early stages of an e-commerce project, web shop development, BPO and more. This extended offer is intended mainly for foreign companies that are interested in starting in Russia but do not have a team to organize operations on their own – at least at the first stage. For example, we did the whole cycle for another well-known German fashion company. We even setup, registered and staffed a local Russian subsidiary for them, including the managing director, and developed an online shop for testing and the initial marketing. They started that way. Then after one year they manned the business themselves and started to do more and more things on their own. I should add the total services specter of the Arvato group of companies is very wide and includes a lot of industries and almost all services a company could possibly outsource – even making available Windows’ latest versions. As soon as there is a demand, we will provide these services in Russia as well. Most often our satisfied international customers will request something when they think the time is right. – How does Russia stand in terms of logistic costs compared to other countries? For Western companies coming to Russia it is at first a shock to find out that everything is more expensive here compared to Europe or the U.S. They usually expect the other way round, but Russia is not China. The reasons are simple: low productivity and big deficits in infrastructure and human resources. As for Arvato in particular, when our customer knows what he needs and understands which processes have to be setup, it is not difficult at all to agree on the cost of our services. To compare the fulfillment cost with established levels in the West it is helpful to look at total CPO [cost per order] or the percentage of sales. The total cost for our services as a percentage of total sales gives a good benchmark. Depending on what level of orders per day a business has reached this figure may be as low as 4% or as high as 12%. From our experience, this approach works very well for budgeting, getting a realistic business plan and monitoring the progress of an e-commerce project. (November 2013) 42
  43. 43. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA | Special insight Martin Schierer (Otto Group Russia) Otto Group Russia CEO Martin Schierer: "Nationwide delivery is an essential condition to large-scale success in Russia.” With net sales reaching €550 million in 2012 – including more than half generated online – the Otto Group has asserted itself as a leading player on the Russian e-commerce scene.In this exchange with East-West Digital News, CEO Martin Schierer shares his vision of this fast-growing market, speaking about the challenges of building a multichannel business covering Russia’s immense territory, increasing competition from well-funded startups, and potential acquisitions. – When did Otto start operating in Russia, and what does the group look like at present? Through the program “Trade Partners” the Otto Group was already operating in Russia in the early 1990’s. In 2007, the Otto Group started business in Russia with its own operations, staff, and legal entities, by establishing its successful Western-European brands Bonprix, Witt and Otto in Russia. It was in this year that the Otto Group Russia was installed as a group structure. Subsequently, we acquired Nadom Group and and built up our logistic companies to support our own businesses. Our latest business initiatives in e-commerce retail are and At the end of 2012 we also launched a B2B service offer (see below). Overall, we today employ more than 2,000 people in Russia and generate net sales in excess of 550 million euros. – What have been the main challenges? Russia is a great, yet difficult market at the same time, mainly due to its size. The central issue for us as a distance retailer is that infrastructure – especially fulfillment infrastructure – is clearly less developed here than in Western Europe. As a consequence, we had to build our own capacities since nationwide fulfillment capabilities are an essential condition for large-scale success in this country. HR shortages are another strong challenge, especially for the online business. Russia is a “young” market; therefore, most people are not yet as experienced in e-commerce and online marketing as in Europe. They tend to focus on “in-house” solutions rather than look at international best practices. Furthermore, people rarely stay very long with the same company, which translates into additional costs, recruiting headaches and, sometimes, excessive salary expectations. 43
  44. 44. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA | Special insight Martin Schierer (Otto Group Russia) Offline to online adaptability is pretty manageable for positions related to purchasing, CRM, and operations, for example. This is, however, not the case for online IT, and, as a consequence, it is very difficult to find experienced people in this sphere. – How did you build your logistic capacities? Our Promopost facility was part of the Nadom acquisition. We built Business Service, our business unit that manages clothing fulfillment, from scratch. The next step will be the enlargement of our warehouse capacities in Tver. We are going to almost double our logistics premises for the textile business within the next two years. Building our own logistic capacities required a substantial investment at a very early stage of developing the company in Russia. Clearly we could not have rolled out these businesses throughout this country at such a large scale – we send millions of parcels each month – by relying on local providers. Now we are going to invest another 50 million euros in the abovementioned enlargement of our warehouse capacities to support our growth. This enlargement will allow us to ensure further development of our own business as well as for third party clients of our eTraction service business. In the field of delivery services, we work closely with the Russian Post, which is our main partner. We strongly believe that nationwide delivery is an essential precondition for largescale success in Russia. In addition we are also delivering via all leading alternative delivery companies, in order to cater to different customer needs and preferences. We know from experience that delivery services require a very large-scale effect to achieve profitability, and even more so in a country like Russia. Otto Group Russia has no intention to enter this business, even less so, since Hermes, Otto Group’s company is developing a delivery network in Russia together with DPD. – In late 2012, you started sharing your fulfillment and other service capacities with third-party players. Please explain. In 2012, we founded a new company for providing e-commerce services to third parties. This offer has been developed specifically for clothing and accessories brands. Under the brand name of eTraction, we offer several service modules, including e-commerce platform development, warehousing and operations management, customer service center, and content production. Our eTraction clients may also take advantage of payment solutions offered by specialized providers like PayU, Robokassa and Assist, as well as our group’s partnerships with all leading delivery companies. This way our clients benefit from Otto Group’s low rates and from optimal and highly scalable operational processes. Within the first 12 months, eTraction has won nine national and international clients, of which five are already operative and the remaining brands will be launched by the end of 2013. In 2014, we will enable 15 additional brands to sell online via eTraction services and infrastructure. 44
  45. 45. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA | Special insight Martin Schierer (Otto Group Russia) eTraction also provides the full suite of online marketing services from SEO, contextual advertising, affiliate marketing and social marketing to our network of clients. – Is online on the verge of completely replacing print in your industry? Or has the distinction become irrelevant? This situation fully depends on each business unit. As a communication medium to the 45+ target audience print still remains the main channel, but this is not the case for the younger audiences. The same applies to the regions (Moscow region or others). Most importantly, ecommerce in Russia is not mature enough to drop the print channel entirely any time soon. As such, print is here to stay, but not only in Russia. In Europe, we even see former online pure players expanding to the offline channel, as exemplified by What will change for sure is the way we will use the print channel in the future. But online will definitely remain the leading channel in most of our businesses and it delivers already the main part of our net sales. – What about online? Are the processes and requirements the same as in Western Europe? They are not identical but comparable. However, a Russian specificity is that consumer behavior in the big metropolitan cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg in particular, differs from that in the regions. This requires a clear focus for each business to meet its specific target groups. For example, if a parcel is ordered online by a client in Moscow, the parcel should be delivered the next day, while a client from Vladivostok will still accept to have a parcel delivered in one or two weeks. – Competition is harsher and harsher on the market, especially in the fashion segment, with startups like and raising fantastic sums (more than $300 million in total over just a few years) with seemingly little attention to immediate profitability. How is your group putting up with this kind of competition? Obviously the Russian e-commerce market is already one of the most attractive markets in Europe, not only due to its potential size, but also due to its rapid growth. However, the current state and the specifics of the market make it more difficult to successfully develop an e-commerce business on a relevant scale. Money is an important element to start and fuel your growth, but it is not the ultimate parameter to help you succeed in the long run. You can win clients with marketing power, but you will lose clients if you do not succeed with operational excellence. Our target is to develop sustainable business for the long term and to be and stay profitable, which we have already been for several years. –The rumor has it that your online growth has decreased over the past year; has this come as a result of this increased competition? I do not know which source of information you have, but I can ensure you that it is not the right one. 45
  46. 46. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA | Special insight Martin Schierer (Otto Group Russia) In 2012, the overall business of the Otto Group Russia has again grown by double digit figures. We had different developments in our different businesses. Online was the main driver of growth, with the strongest growth of all channels. This year, online is growing again by double digit figures, and all our main businesses are delivering substantial growth. What concerns us in statistics is the current ruble devaluation [nearly negative 10% in a few months in Spring 2013], as we are reporting in euros to the headquarters. However, this is rather a mathematical effect, which doesn’t show the market development. Nevertheless, we feel the increasing competition in the market – especially in the costs for customer acquisition, which are becoming more expensive year over year. As I mentioned already, we are also interested in growing profits, which in my understanding should be a general target for any business. That’s why we follow our own market approach and do not concentrate on market share only. We are pursuing a balance between growing net sales and at the same time earning money, which allows us to invest even further in the Russian market. – What are your forecasts for the future? Our objective is to reach one billion euros net sales in the near future, but profitability is even more important to us. The Otto Group Russia is a profitable company and intends to remain so. The Otto Group Russia is a multichannel company with a big share of online activities. As a consequence, we want to benefit from the overall growth in Russia in general and from our Group’s strength in particular. It is very likely that we will launch additional e-commerce projects in the near future and we will solidify our position as the leading e-fashion retailer and e-service provider in Russia. – Do you rather consider internal growth or acquisitions? From developing own projects to acquiring existing businesses, we do not rule out any option. A variety of internal and external opportunities may appear in an emerging market. The main point for us is whether or not they correspond to our business strategy. (October 2013) 46
  47. 47. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA | Special insight Niels Tonsen ( CEO Niels Tonsen: “We’re focusing on building a great business without wasting time thinking about potential exit scenarios.” When he was sent to Moscow in late 2010 to launch Lamoda, 26-year-old Niels Tonsen had no experience of Russia but already numerous years of experience in Internet projects – including working for German incubator Rocket Internet and its projects Groupon International and Zalando. The goal – to build Russia’s online leader in the footwear segment – was not easy to reach just months after other Western investors had launched first move Lamoda finally came out victoriously from a titanic marketing battle, asserting itself as the segment leader in terms of sales and progressively expanding to other fashion product categories. While Sapato was acquired by e-commerce giant (on the Russian scale), Lamaoda was helped by giant capital injections exceeding $200 million in total. Tonsen answered our questions without many taboos, addressing the criticisms that market leadership inevitably generates. – Lamoda started with shoes; now the site also offers apparel and even some home textile and decor items. What is your positioning today, and do you expect it to change in the future? We position Lamoda as the number one go-to fashion e-commerce site in Russia and the CIS, offering the best customer experience on the market. Product portfolio is defined from a customer perspective. Shoes and apparel will always play the main role with customers being offered the possibility to buy complete outfits. It is important for us to not only go for the sheer quantity of products but also to care about quality and relevance. However, we expect significant demand for such complementary products as cosmetics, even though non-core categories will not account for more than 10% of sales going forward. – You have raised approximately $200 million in total since inception, a record in Russian e-commerce (excepting perhaps Ozon during its 15 years of existence). What did you do or plan to do with this money? Major investments are being made in our product offering and customer acquisition – which is a standard situation for e-commerce companies. On top of that, we’ve decided to build our own distribution, delivery and shopping platform from scratch. This requires both CAPEX and investment in great talent, especially on the IT side. We’re firm believers in the massive potential of Russian e-commerce. Significant investments are necessary to be able to offer nationwide delivery and a world-class shopping experience. This focus on customer experience pays off over time with lower marketing costs. 47
  48. 48. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA | Special insight Niels Tonsen ( – Many players are angry at wealthy e-commerce startups, accusing them of spoiling the market (price hike in SEM, HR…) after raising huge sums. How would you answer them? I can just say that we do not make expense decisions based on the amount of financing raised. Generally speaking, I believe that players raising money to build infrastructure are helping ecommerce to grow faster by offering a great customer experience. This is a strong support for the entire ecosystem. – Critics present the model of some well funded Russian e-commerce projects as essentially venture/IPO oriented, with a kind of populist marketing approach and little or no consideration for profit and sustainable KPIs. Is Lamoda anything else but a big gamble? We are building the business by carefully looking at the long-term metrics such as customer lifetime value. While it is true that the insufficient existing infrastructure requires certain initial investments, there is no doubt about the fundamental relevance of unit economics in this business. In my opinion, there is no such thing in e-commerce as building a business without a laser-focus on profitability KPIs. – What is your final goal? Being sold to Zappos? Going public? When? Where? Our focus is on building a great business, without wasting time thinking about potential exit scenarios. Given the attractiveness of the market and our positioning and growth, anything is possible. – How do you manage fulfillment? Very early on, we focused on building up our own e-commerce infrastructure. We are running a self-managed fulfillment center as well as our own delivery network, Lamoda Express. Lamoda Express offers next day delivery with try-on service to more than 25 cities throughout Russia and Kazakhstan. The reasons for creating this infrastructure are manifold. In order to control the customer experience and ensure the maximum cost efficiency of operations, you need to fully control your fulfillment capacities. – Do you deliver everywhere in Russia? At what cost? With which providers? Customers may place orders 24/7 from anywhere in Russia, and shipping is free of charge. In addition to Lamoda Express, we work with all providers who are ready to comply with our strict quality and speed requirements and can manage our fast-growing volumes. Currently these requirements are only matched by two companies, Pony Express and DPD, which tells a lot about the state of delivery infrastructure in this country. 48
  49. 49. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA | Special insight Niels Tonsen ( – Many players are angry at wealthy e-commerce startups, accusing them of spoiling the market (price hike in SEM, HR…) after raising huge sums. How would you answer them? I can just say that we do not make expense decisions based on the amount of financing raised. Generally speaking, I believe that players raising money to build infrastructure are helping ecommerce to grow faster by offering a great customer experience. This is a strong support for the entire ecosystem. – Critics present the model of some well funded Russian e-commerce projects as essentially venture/IPO oriented, with a kind of populist marketing approach and little or no consideration for profit and sustainable KPIs. Is Lamoda anything else but a big gamble? We are building the business by carefully looking at the long-term metrics such as customer lifetime value. While it is true that the insufficient existing infrastructure requires certain initial investments, there is no doubt about the fundamental relevance of unit economics in this business. In my opinion, there is no such thing in e-commerce as building a business without a laser-focus on profitability KPIs. – What is your final goal? Being sold to Zappos? Going public? When? Where? Our focus is on building a great business, without wasting time thinking about potential exit scenarios. Given the attractiveness of the market and our positioning and growth, anything is possible. – How do you manage fulfillment? Very early on, we focused on building up our own e-commerce infrastructure. We are running a self-managed fulfillment center as well as our own delivery network, Lamoda Express. Lamoda Express offers next day delivery with try-on service to more than 25 cities throughout Russia and Kazakhstan. The reasons for creating this infrastructure are manifold. In order to control the customer experience and ensure the maximum cost efficiency of operations, you need to fully control your fulfillment capacities. – Do you deliver everywhere in Russia? At what cost? With which providers? Customers may place orders 24/7 from anywhere in Russia, and shipping is free of charge. In addition to Lamoda Express, we work with all providers who are ready to comply with our strict quality and speed requirements and can manage our fast-growing volumes. Currently these requirements are only matched by two companies, Pony Express and DPD, which tells a lot about the state of delivery infrastructure in this country. 49
  50. 50. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA | Special insight Niels Tonsen ( – It seems you have an important returns rate. Aren’t you too generous with your customers in terms of free delivery, 365-day return, etc.? Our return rates are in line with the market average and well accounted for in the business model. Shipping books with the same service level would not be possible, but for a business model like ours this does make economic sense – at least if you have a fast and efficient operational platform… If you think about it, the service level in Moscow is already now higher than in the West. Consumers have the possibility to order risk-free and only pay for the items they like. – You’ve launched a subsidiary in Kazakhstan, do you sell a lot there? Kazakhstan is a great market for us. We launched about one year ago and sales in this country are just below 10% of our total sales. – Do you intend to expand further beyond Russia and Kazakhstan, and what’s the strategy behind this? It is a logical step to think about providing our services to additional Russian speaking markets in the near future. (October 2013) COMPANY FACTS & FIGURES: •  Number of employees: More than 1,500 (mainly in fulfillment and delivery) •  SKUs: More than 80,000 •  Returns rate: Particularly high due to the 1-year return policy, say Lamoda’s critics. In line with market average, according to Lamoda. •  Net sales in 2012: Lamoda does not disclose its figures, but independent analysts’ estimates vary from $144 million (Sekret Firmy) to $189 million (InSales). 50
  51. 51. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA ABOUT THE FULL VERSION To receive the full version of this research study on e-commerce in Russia (10 chapters, 350 pages), please contact us at the following address: 52
  52. 52. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA 10 CHAPTERS About the full version Table of contents of the full version of this research study 20 CASE STUDIES & INTERVIEWS 350 PAGES 130 CHARTS PART 1: The Internet in Russia 1.1. Europe's largest market 1.2. Regional contrasts 1.2.1 Internet penetration and usage intensity 1.2.2 Distribution by region and city types 1.3. Broadband development 1.4. Mobile Internet PART 2: E-commerce market figures and trends 2.1. Current market size 2.2. Segment analysis 2.2.1. Sales volumes 2.2.2. Popularity of product categories 2.2.3. Online vs. offline 2.2.4. Socio-demographic variations 2.2.5. Geographic variations 2.2.6. Spending amount differences 2.2.7. Conversion rates 2.3. Market growth forecast 2.3.1 Key growth parameters A growing number of online shoppers Purchase frequency, amount and diversity 2.3.2 Market size evolution Main growth scenario Additional potential Long term forecast 2.4. International comparisons PART 3: The regional scene 3.1. Market geography 3.1.1. Overview of the Russian population 3.1.2. Internet use and e-commerce analysis in Russia's regions and cities User split by region Average expense and market size in macro-regions and cities Segment analysis: Popular product categories and purchase frequency by segment across Russia's regions and cities The specificities of rural areas 3.2. Analyzing the regional gap Special insight: E-commerce in the Samara region, by Alexander Gaiduk and Alexey Yurasov (Samara university) 53
  53. 53. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA About the full version PART 4: Online consumers 4.1. How numerous are they? 4.2. Who are they? 4.2.1. Segmentation by gender and age 4.2.2. Segmentation by occupation and education 4.3. How long have they shopped online? 4.4. How often do they shop online? 4.5. Online shoppers' attitudes 4.5.1. Online shopping is cheap and convenient, say online shoppers 4.5.2. Online shopping is not interesting and not trustworthy, say the reluctant 4.5.3. Addressing the trust issues 4.5.4. User reviews and recommendations Appendices: •  Purchase frequency in the fashion segment, by Esper Group •  The trust factor in Russian e-commerce: From fake user reviews to efficient CRM, by Stanislav Bai PART 5: Supply side: Merchants 5.1. Russian e-commerce players: An overview 5.1.1. How many players 5.1.2. A relatively small and segmented market Variations by segment Russia’s first e-commerce groups Further consolidation perspectives Russia's top 30 online retailers •  By turnover •  By traffic 5.1.3. The click-and-mortar trend The first online steps by offline retailers Online retailers go offline Hybrid models 5.1.4. "Gray commerce" 5.1.5. The first steps of industry regulation Trust labels and certification Industry associations 5.1.6. Is Russian e-commerce open to foreign players? 5.2. Investing in Russian e-commerce 5.2.1. Investment amounts •  Venture investment in Russian e-commerce: A comprehensive list of deals, 2010-2013 •  Investors respond: Why invest / why not invest in Russian e-commerce? 5.2.2 How attractive, in fact, is Russian e-commerce? 5.2.3. The exit issue Few exits and little cash-out so far Future M&A and IPO perspectives 54
  54. 54. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA About the full version Special insights: •  12 offline retailers that have went online •  How to gray-trade for millions, by Dmitry Shashkin •  Combining growth with optimization: The next step for Russia’s online retailers, by David Kovacic and Martijn Peeters (PwC Russia) PART 6: Operations 6.1. Sourcing 6.1.1. Complex relations with suppliers 6.1.2. Importation 6.2. Warehousing and fulfillment Expert insights: •  How to choose your logistics provider •  Organizing processes with suppliers and logistics providers, by Michael Poetschke (Arvato Russia) •  Drop shipping in Russia, by Konstantin Trofimov and Vladimir Makarov ( 6.3. Delivery 6.3.1. Delivery strategies (Re)defining coverage priorities Delivery optimization 6.3.2. Delivery providers An increasingly competitive market Provider overview Special insights: •  The seven plagues of the Russian Post •  The impact of delivery fees on sales, by Kirill Filchenkov (B2C-PL) •  Case study: How multiplied its sales by four and its revenues by six through delivery aggregation and optimization, by Konstantin Zhukov ( •  How to choose a delivery provider 6.3.3. Pick-up points and self-pickup boxes Pick-up points Self-pick up boxes 6.4. Returns 6.4.1. Postal returns 6.4.2. Client returns 6.5. In-house strategies 6.5.1. Pure players 6.5.2. Multichannel companies Expert insights: •  Real-life supply chain issues for virtual merchants, by Ilya Malyarenko (PwC Russia) •  A long way to automation, by Timofey Shikolenkov •  Why and how pick-up points are developing in Russia, and what customers expect from them, by Konstantin Yakunin •  Street vs. malls: Two strategies for self-pick up boxes, by Nadezhda Romanova (Pick Point) •  The pros and cons of outsourcing call-center operations 55
  55. 55. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA About the full version Part 7: "The Russian payment jungle" 7.1. Cash payments 7.1.1. Cash on delivery 7.1.2. Cash payments via offline networks 7.1.3. Cash-in kiosks 7.2. Electronic payments 7.2.1. Bank cards Bank cards for pre-payment Bank cards for payment on delivery 7.2.2. Electronic currencies 7.2.3. Mobile payments 7.2.4. Internet banking 7.3. Payment aggregators 7.4. Emerging payment methods Special insights: •  From first Russian users to full launch: PayPal’s seven-year journey to serving Russia •  Commission fees applying to payment upon or after delivery, by Kirill Filchenkov Part 8: Marketing and sales channels 8.1. Russian online marketing specifics 8.1.1. Inventory: The domination of local players 8.1.2. Some marketing instruments are less mature, or less used, in Russia 8.1.3. User perceptions and responsiveness can also differ 8.1.4. The inflation of marketing costs 8.1.5. Low level of professionalism 8.2. Main instruments 8.2.1. SEO 8.2.2. SEM 8.2.3. Display advertising 8.2.4. Advertising networks and affiliate networks 8.2.5. Marketplaces 8.2.6. Cash-back platforms 8.2.7. Discount and flash sales 8.2.8. Social networks Social marketing Social commerce 8.2.9. Viral marketing 8.2.10. Email marketing 8.2.11. Mobile Mobile marketing Mobile commerce 8.2.12. Offline marketing 8.2.13. Photo-driven e-commerce 56
  56. 56. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA About the full version Special insights on marketing: •  A comparison between Yandex.Direct and Google AdWords, by Alexander Egorov •  How doubled its sales thanks its affiliates, by Maximilien Jacquet (eStore Agency) •  Social referral marketing: A pioneering experiment in Russia, by Ilya Eisen (Flocktory) •  Retargeting's first steps in Russia, by Vladimir Belugin (eTargeting) •  Blog marketing in Russian e-commerce, by Thierry Cellerin (Buzz Factory) •  How Moscow startup Goodwin turns magazines, TV screens and subway advertisements into supports for mobile commerce •  8 Dos and Don'ts for successful e-commerce marketing in Russia, by Daniil Tkachev, (Begemota) Part 9: Legal aspects 9.1. Main legal requirements for distance selling 9.1.1. Forbidden goods 9.1.2. Advertising 9.1.3. Client information 9.1.4. Purchase formalization 9.1.5. Electronic payments 9.1.6. Customer claims and returns 9.1.7. Money back 9.1.8. Delivery issues 9.2. Intellectual property issues concerning importation 9.3 personal data 9.3.1 How the law defines personal data 9.3.2. Personal data processing 9.3.3. Use of personal data 9.3.4. Protection of personal data 9.3.5. Liability for violation of conditions of personal data processing 9.3.6. Recent legislation amendments and case law related to personal data protection 9.4. Marketing actions 9.5. Possible risks connected with e-commerce in Russia and how to avoid or mitigate them Special insights: •  Government seeks to curb online alcohol retail •  How the law on personal data is being applied Part 10: HR, the most painful issue 10.1. Few skilled people, high salaries 10.1.1. HR shortages affect all key positions 10.1.2. Salaries in Moscow are higher than in most Western cities 10.1.3. The causes are multiple and likely to persist 10.2. Recruitment alternatives 10.2.1. If you can't find them, train them 10.2.2. Search in the regions 10.2.3. Recruit foreigners 10.3. Employee motivation and loyalty 57
  57. 57. E-COMMERCE IN RUSSIA About the full version Interviews •  Alexey Degtyarev, general manager of B2B Center •  Ruslan Fazlyev, founder of ECWID •  Maëlle Gavet, CEO of OZON Holdings •  Boris Kim, President of Qiwi •  Sergey Rumyantsev, CEO of •  Martin Schierer, CEO of Otto Group Russia •  Niels Tonsen, CEO of Case studies •  KupiVIP, the flash-sales site that contends for leadership in the fashion segment •, from local e-commerce to international sales •  Obuv Rossii: The online migration of an offline retailer •  OZON, Amazon's Russian little brother •  Shoes of Prey • From micro e-retail to stock highs and lows • A DIY giant created by three students • An international exit for a Russian e-commerce pioneer 58
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