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3 August 2015.
The Russian search giant Yandex has launched its own delivery service.
Yandex.Delivery will help Moscow-based ecommerce stores deliver items to other regions in Russia.
Delivery is a big challenge in Russia as it is such a large country, spanning across 11 time zones. Due to the logistical difficulties associated with transporting goods across the country, many online retailers simply do not deliver to anywhere beyond the Moscow Region.
As a result, only 16% of Russians based outside of the capital buy online, compared to 47% of Moscow-dwellers.
Yandex hopes that its new delivery service will encourage more online retailers to deliver items to other areas of Russia, as well as encourage more Russians based outside of Moscow to try online shopping.
In a statement released by Yandex, the search giant said: “Yandex.Delivery operates according to the “single window” principle: to work with a number of carriers, all a store has to do is connect to the service. Yandex offers a single shipment of goods, with unified paperwork and accounts.”