The founder of online listings sites says that internet advertising cannot replace the role of an agent or consultant — any more than online retailing or remote working can replace physical retail stores and corporate offices.
In the case of Russia, most of its exports are priced in dollars, so the ruble's fall does not appear to help the majority of exporters or contribute to growth. The government, in contrast, does feel a boost to the budget from taxes on dollar-priced energy exports.
Takuya Aoyama is the Swiss-based vice president of acquisitions and development for Hyatt International, Russia and CIS, Eastern Europe and Israel. He told Mark Gay about plans to expand the group's portfolio of brands.
Some market segments are already feeling the impact of competition from internet retailers but the retail sector as a whole is expected to survive the competition. Some retailers may even gain market share if they straddle both channels.
The Internet has had a stronger impact on sales of electronic goods than clothing but "clicks and mortar" retailers who combine the techniques of online and offline retailing are the ones who stand to gain most. Yekaterina Yezhova spoke to the general director of KupiVIP, Vladimir Kholyaznikov.
Twenty-five million Russians might move from cities to the countryside if offered the same income and infrastructure. While these conditions cannot be met in Russia at the moment, the government can encourage urban dwellers to move to rural communities.
Legislators seem to be pressing developers and landowners into activity by creating disincentives to keeping land off the market in the hope of finding a more attractive buyer. Proposed legal changes aim to govern public land allocation more precisely. The result could be positive for the market and bring more transparency to developers' operations.