The deal between CIG and Foodout’s investor, the Gold Fish fund, has resulted in the creation of Foodout Group.
Earlier this month Igor Smelyansky, the CEO of Ukrainian Post, announced that the national postal operator started testing Berlingo Electric, Citroën’s electric vehicle, for its delivery fleet.
As announced at the beginning of the year, Ukrainian Post expects electric cars to deliver up to 15% of parcels in Kyiv (Kiev) by 2018 and roughly 40% of parcels across Ukraine by 2021.
More than one in four Ukrainian online shoppers bought smartphones and mobiles phones in the first quarter of this year, the Ukrainian Retail Association reported, citing a research released by local e-commerce platform Price.ua.
With nearly 5% of online consumers buying them, car tyres were the second most popular category. TV sets (4%), tablets (2%) and laptops (2%) completed the list.
So far, delivery service is available in Kyiv (Kiev) and Kyiv region for 59 and 69 hryvnias ($2.2 and $2.6 respectively at the current exchange rate). Both cash and bank card payments are accepted.
The fifth edition of the Ukrainian E-commerce Awards, the annual ceremony to honor top Ukrainian e-commerce players, was held last month in Kyiv (Kiev).
Over 200 Internet projects participated in the contest. The winning companies were chosen by online vote by some 10,000 customers among a list of companies pre-selected by the jury.
On March 29, Kyiv (Kiev) will play host to the first edition of ChatBot Conference UA, an international conference dedicated to chatbots. The event will bring together major local and foreign industry experts. Entrepreneurs, officials, investors and other professionals are also invited.
Live chat is claimed to increase conversion by 5-10 times. Chatbots, which are considered the main e-commerce trend in 2017, will replace applications and become a regular channel for interaction between companies and clients soon, believe the organizers of the conference.
While Google and Amazon are patenting drones and driverless car parcel delivery methods, companies in Ukraine have started budgeting the implementation of parcel sorting robots, development of mobile apps, tests of drones delivery, and replenishment of their electric autopark.
One major trend that has already made a breakthrough is a change made thanks to internet customers. Logistic firms now have to be omni-channeled to match each individual customer’s needs.
Earlier this month Nielsen released its “Connected Commerce Survey,” covering different aspects of online shopping throughout the world. More than 30,000 Internet users were polled in 63 countries throughout Europe — including Ukraine, — Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East/Africa and North America.
Globally, more than 93% of the respondents say they already have an online shopping experience. In Ukraine, where Internet penetration reaches no more than 43%, this index reaches 91%, which is twice as much as back in 2011.
On February 2, Station Berlin will host the second edition of E-Commerce Berlin Expo, one of the largest e-commerce events in the world. This year, the organizers expect 3,000 visitors and 90 exhibitors. These include the representatives of Deutsche Post, Rakuten Deutschland, Idealo, Semrush, Freshdesk, PrestaShop and Händlerbund.
Participation in the event is free of charge, but requires preliminary online registration. (The number of tickets available is limited, so hurry up 🙂 )
Nova Poshta, Ukraine’s leading e-commerce shipping company, has teamed up with SF Express, a major Chinese logistics provider, to ship goods from Chinese online stores to Ukrainian customers.
The service was launched last month after a successful test period. In November, as part of the test, Nova Poshta had delivered more than half a million parcels and small packages from China, the company announced.