Business news from Ukraine

IKEA LAUNCHES ONLINE STORE WITH POINTS OF DELIVERY IN UKRAINE

The Swedish company IKEA, the world’s largest retailer of furniture and household goods, on May 14 officially launched the possibility of ordering goods from an online store in Ukraine, distribution points will operate in the Kyiv shopping center Auchan Rive Gauche and Metro Cash & Carry.
“Remaining faithful to its desire to create a better everyday life for many people in Ukraine, IKEA is pleased to announce the start of work in the Ukrainian market and the launch of an online store. Currently, the Swedish retailer offers Ukrainian customers about 3,600 functional home goods of all categories and styles with attractive design and prices. An order can be made on the website www.ikea.ua,” the retailer said in an official statement.
It says buyers will be able to choose where and how to pick up their goods: in one of the points for receiving orders in Kyiv for free or using the home delivery service.
“Today two points are ready to start work – at Auchan Rive Gauche and Metro Cash & Carry. The delivery service is organized in cooperation with DB Schenker. We do everything to ensure smooth online purchases, however we will be grateful for your patience and understanding in case of possible delays during the first few days of work,” the press release says.
It emphasizes that the functioning of the company is organized in accordance with IKEA security measures, as well as in accordance with the requirements and instructions of the government of Ukraine. All employees will have access to the necessary protective equipment and will work in compliance with recommendations on social distance.
After the launch of the online store, IKEA plans to open its new city store in Kyiv as soon as possible. The company has recently signed a lease agreement with Blockbuster Mall”, the company confirmed.

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NOVA POSHTA LAUNCHES DELIVERY OF MEDICAL GOODS FROM DOC.UA

The Nova Poshta Group launches delivery of medical goods from the DOC.ua online medical service to its offices, automated parcel lockers and directly to customers.
The company said in its press release disseminated on Friday that Nova Poshta will deliver medicines, which are remotely recommended by doctors on the DOC.ua hub and can be ordered on the website in the Pharmacy section.
“Under conditions of the quarantine and the penetration of contactless services in all spheres of our life, demand for qualified medical online consultation is growing. When one is unable to visit a clinic, remote communicational with a doctor is in fact the only reliable way to receive aid. This is a positive trend which shows that Ukrainians care about their health: they trust specialists and prefer them to self-treatment. On our behalf we support this important initiative of DOC.ua with timely delivery of medicines,” the press service quoted Nova Poshta CEO Oleksandr Bulba as saying.
DOC.ua said that the service was developed as an alternative to self-treatment. Doctors cannot prescribe treatment or medicines, but only recommend. Patients on their own add medical goods to the chart in the Pharmacy section.
The DOC.ua service, which is a part of EFI GROUP, is a medical online hub founded in 2014. Its base currently includes more than 10,000 doctors and 1,500 medical institutions in Ukraine.
Alfa-Bank raises UAH 660 mln of UAH 2.4 bln of NBU’s first refinancing for five years
KYIV. May 15 (Interfax-Ukraine) – On May 8, Alfa-Bank (Kyiv) took part in the first tender of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) for refinancing to banks for a period of one to five years and raised UAH 660 million for five years on security of domestic government loan bonds issued with the aim of supporting the economy, the bank said in a statement on its website on Thursday, May 14.
“Alfa-Bank Ukraine will use the raised funds to develop its loan support for businesses, which currently need a long-term financial resource to restore their active operation as soon as possible after lockdown restrictions are removed,” the bank’s press service said.

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LEGALIZATION OF MEDICINES DELIVERY BY POSTAL OPERATORS WILL REDUCE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS

Legalization of drug delivery by certified postal operators amid quarantine will reduce the spread of the disease, according to the Manufacturers of Medications of Ukraine Association.
“This issue becomes especially relevant in the situation when it is necessary to limit unnecessary contacts as much as possible, because a pharmacy becomes one of the places of active contacts. This is especially important for elderly people who urgently need medicines and form the basis of the risk group,” head of the association Petro Bahriy said.
He noted that “the de facto delivery of medicines purchased online exists, but is illegal.”
“Such a service needs to be legalized so that people who need medicines can be quarantined,” he said.
According to the expert, the legitimization of such a delivery will guarantee the quality, origin of drugs and compliance with the mandatory logistic requirements, while involving all certified operators in the delivery will allow delivering drugs quickly and on time.
Director General of InterChem pharmaceutical company (Odesa) Anatoliy Reder, in turn, noted that attracting all the postal operators of Ukraine to the delivery of medicines will enable the widest possible delivery with a significant limitation of contacts and the spread of coronavirus.
According to him, this option will allow people living in remote and rural areas to “get their medicines at the right time and with the guaranteed quality.”
Reder believes that the possibility of delivery will not have a significant impact on the price of drugs.

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TAVRIA-V LAUNCHES ONLINE DELIVERY

Tavria-V LLC, which develops a network of eponymous supermarkets and is a part of the Tavria group of companies (all of them are located in Odesa), in collaboration with Zakaz.ua platform, launches goods online ordering service for goods from stores.
“From February 25, users of Zakaz.ua product delivery service in Kharkiv have the option to make purchases in another supermarket chain – Tavria V. Now, more than 15,000 items of food and non-food products are available for orders. During the next few months, the assortment will continue expanding with new products,” the Zakaz.ua press service said.
According to the press service, now, Zakaz.ua operates in Kharkiv on the basis of one store, located on 30 Gagarin Avenue.
“During 2020, it is planned to connect not only supermarkets of this network, but also other local players,” the company said.
The Tavria-V chain has been operating since 1992, as of February 2020, it consists of 95 retail outlets.
According to the unified public register of legal entities, private entrepreneurs and public organizations as of February 25, 2020, the participants of Tavria-V LLC were ultimate beneficiaries of the company Borys Muzalev (60%) and Mykhaylo Muzalev (40%).
The charter capital of Tavria-V LLC is UAH 40 million.
Zakaz.ua, the online delivery service, was founded in 2010 and operates in eight Ukrainian (Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Odesa, Lviv, Zaporizhia, Vinniytsia, Zhytomyr), as well as in Moldova (Chisinau).
The company provides food ordering and delivery services from Metro, Auchan, Novus, MegaMarket, and Furshet retail chains.

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NOVA POSHTA INTERNATIONAL SEEKS TO BOOST GLOBAL DELIVERY SERVICES BY 30%

Nova Poshta International, part of the Nova Poshta Group, plans to boost global delivery services by 30% in 2020 compared with 2019, Director of Nova Poshta International Yuriy Benevitsky told reporters on Thursday. “This market is very interesting to us. We will fight for it, including quality and speed of delivery. In 2018, we had 2.7 million international shipments, in 2019 – 26% more. This year we plan to increase the volume of global delivery services by 30%,” he said
As Benevitsky said, Nova Poshta performs fast delivery, therefore it focuses on more expensive and heavy packages.
In 2020, Nova Poshta plans to invest $100 million in infrastructure development.

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NOVA POSHTA DELIVERY COMPANY RAISES NUMBER OF SHIPMENTS BY 22%

The Nova Poshta group of companies delivered over 212 million parcels in 2019, which is 22% more than in 2018.
Director of the company Oleksandr Bulba said in December 2019 a total of 24.5 million parcels were delivered, of which 1.3 million were actually delivered in one day.
“In 2019, we opened 3,300 new branches in more than 3,100 new settlements,” he said.
According to him, also last year the company delivered 500,000 air parcels (testing of this service was launched in August 2019).
Khmelnytsky Innovation Terminal (opened in May 2019) processed 27.6 million shipments, Lviv terminal, which opened in the fall of 2019, processed 14.2 million parcels. Kyiv Innovation Terminal handled 97.8 million shipments.
In addition, in 2019, Nova Poshta delivered 3.4 million international shipments, which is 26% more than in 2018, of which 2.3 million from China (an increase of 30%).
In 2019, Nova Poshta International increased the number of deliveries from the United States by 20%, doubled from the UK and tripled from Poland.
Most often, according to the company, Ukrainians order clothes and shoes, accessories for mobile phones and small electronics.

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