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Bloomberg has a story about Lavka, described as Russia's answer to Amazon, which is delivering groceries to Moscow consumers within 15 minutes of them being ordered.

Owned by Yandex, Russia's largest technology company, Lavka has "spread small warehouses across the capital stocked with about 2,000 items and uses bike couriers to deliver orders. Its strategy is to build market share by being a digital convenience store—the place consumers turn to for ingredients, toothpaste or even a packet of condoms delivered straight to their door."

The story notes that Yandex has "upended the local taxi market and launched a variety of other digital services, including restaurant deliveries, as it surpassed 127 billion rubles in sales ($2 billion). The latest push comes as Russia’s once-slow embrace of e-commerce  accelerates. While many companies offer delivery of online grocery orders, consistently doing it this quickly breaks new ground."

Bloomberg writes that Lavka has not made a profit yet, but the company is hopeful that this will change as usage becomes more common and volume increases.

The story notes that "each warehouse is about 150 square meters (1,600 square feet), roughly the size of a small convenience store, and serves an area within a radius of about a mile, facilitating quick deliveries. By comparison, online supermarket fills Moscow orders via truck from three distribution centers ranging from 4,000 to 18,000 square meters."
KC's View:
Sounds like these are Russia's version of micro-fulfillment centers …