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E-Commerce in Russia — the Outlook for 2015

The collapse in the Russian ruble which occurred in late 2014 and the forthcoming dislocations in the Russian economy as a result of externally- and internally-imposed sanctions will undoubtedly have a strong impact on the Russian e-commerce market in 2015 and beyond. As digital marketing consultants and operators of several Russian e-commerce projects, we have observed […]

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+.

Virtual Stores Come to Moscow

The concept of shopping with smartphones in a physical environment is being demonstrated in Moscow, at the Vystavochnaya metro station in Moscow City. Inspired by examples like TESCO-Homeplus in South Korea, which debuted in 2011, the Moscow version is currently featuring the Russian branch of Germany-based Media Markt, part of the giant METRO retail group. […]

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+.

Ozon.ru Acquires Sapato.ru

The rumours about Ozon.ru acquiring Sapato.ru have turned out to be true, with news being released today that Sapato.ru’s owner, Fast Lane Ventures, has sold their investment to Ozon.ru. More information about the deal and its history is available from several English-language Internet sources: East-West Digital News TechCrunch Wall Street Journal GigaOM       […]

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+.

When Should Your E-Commerce Startup Go Global?

Selling online has enormous advantages over a traditional business model. One of principal ones is the ability to be instantly global, in the sense that your website can be accessed by anyone, anywhere, anytime. However, very few e-businesses take a global approach from the outset or even seriously consider harnessing this potential once they have […]

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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