All posts for the month September, 2012

Yandex to Launch Browser

Vedomosti recently reported that Yandex plans to introduce its own browser, as early as October, 2012. While this move could be an indirect admission that Google’s Chrome browser has been eating away at Yandex’ market share, the actual market share statistics reveal little change over the last two years, especially over the last 12 months: […]

About Leighton Peter Prabhu

I am a partner in Interstice Consulting LLP and head of the Russian office. My practice focuses on e-commerce business and marketing consulting, especially for foreign e-commerce brands entering the Russian market. I also serve as a consultant to some of the largest international portfolio investors in Russian equities (both public and private). You can find out more about my background and business interests on LinkedIn. You can also connect with me on Twitter and on Google+.

Online Payments in Russia – Are we at a Tipping Point?

Over the weekend I was shopping at my local Auchan hypermarket and noticed the sign at left (rough translation: “YES! We’ve started taking Visa!”). Auchan has been a notable holdout from accepting plastic in their stores. Russian grocery retailers such as X5, Alie Parusa and Bakhetle have long accepted bank cards and, as a shopper, I’ve […]

About Leighton Peter Prabhu

I am a partner in Interstice Consulting LLP and head of the Russian office. My practice focuses on e-commerce business and marketing consulting, especially for foreign e-commerce brands entering the Russian market. I also serve as a consultant to some of the largest international portfolio investors in Russian equities (both public and private). You can find out more about my background and business interests on LinkedIn. You can also connect with me on Twitter and on Google+.

e5 – The Customer Experience

Following up my recent post about my personal experience with Enter.ru, I also recently made a purchase through e5.ru, the online project of X5 retail, Russia’s largest food retail group (operator of the Perekrestok and Pyaterochka chain of grocery stores, and Karusel hypermarkets). I was shopping for a vacuum cleaner and there was a decent […]

About Leighton Peter Prabhu

I am a partner in Interstice Consulting LLP and head of the Russian office. My practice focuses on e-commerce business and marketing consulting, especially for foreign e-commerce brands entering the Russian market. I also serve as a consultant to some of the largest international portfolio investors in Russian equities (both public and private). You can find out more about my background and business interests on LinkedIn. You can also connect with me on Twitter and on Google+.

Runet – Directory

Here’s a list of websites in the Runet which have international “equivalents”. While many of the international equivalents are already in Russia or offer services to Russian customers, in most cases they are behind their Russian competitors. I welcome suggestions for additions and amendments to this list. The aim is for this directory to become […]

About Leighton Peter Prabhu

I am a partner in Interstice Consulting LLP and head of the Russian office. My practice focuses on e-commerce business and marketing consulting, especially for foreign e-commerce brands entering the Russian market. I also serve as a consultant to some of the largest international portfolio investors in Russian equities (both public and private). You can find out more about my background and business interests on LinkedIn. You can also connect with me on Twitter and on Google+.

Enter.ru – Shopping Experience

I recently had an opportunity to make a personal test of Enter.ru‘s shopping experience. Using their website was pretty easy, as was the process of creating an order. As is common for Russian e-commerce companies, they offer a wide range of payment and delivery options. The website even allows shoppers to enter orders without registering […]

About Leighton Peter Prabhu

I am a partner in Interstice Consulting LLP and head of the Russian office. My practice focuses on e-commerce business and marketing consulting, especially for foreign e-commerce brands entering the Russian market. I also serve as a consultant to some of the largest international portfolio investors in Russian equities (both public and private). You can find out more about my background and business interests on LinkedIn. You can also connect with me on Twitter and on Google+.

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