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Bloomberg reports that "Samokat, Russia’s biggest instant grocery-delivery service by orders, is aiming to be the first of its peers to take a share of the booming U.S. market.

"The founders of the St. Petersburg-based company are launching the service, to be called Buyk, in August in New York. They are targeting 10,000 orders a month there by year-end … Buyk already has agreements for dark stores -- small, centrally-located warehouses that will help it fill orders quickly -- in New York that will open in August."

Bloomberg makes the point that one of the challenges that Buyk will face in New York will be an expensive workforce - a problem that it does not have in Russia.

KC's View:

I don't know about you, but I cannot imagine any circumstance under which I'd be shopping at a Russian-owned company, especially online, which would give them greater access to my personal data.  These ublyudoks want to affect our elections and commit cyber-terrorism, and now they want some of our grocery dollars?