Yandex, the company sometimes described as “Russian Google” because its first business was web search, will launch its 15-minute grocery delivery service in Paris in the second quarter of 2021, according to Reuters. It also plans to launch in London in the third quarter.
The first steps have already been taken since the company has registered a company in France under the name of “Deli International” and recruitments have taken place.
A network of dark stores
Called “Yango Deli”, this service will be based on “dark stores”, warehouses ideally located in urban areas used only to store products offered for rapid delivery. Orders will be transported by bicycle couriers. Yandex promises fast delivery, between 10 to 15 minutes maximum once the order is placed on the dedicated application. The range of products offered is not yet known.
Yandex launched its grocery delivery service in Russia in 2019 under the name “Yandex.Lavka”. More than two million orders are processed each month through a network of 300 dark stores spread over five regions. The service operates 24 hours a day and offers a wide range of products. Israel has been testing this service since October 2020.
Covid-19 boosts demand for home delivery
The Covid-19 pandemic has exploded the demand for online orders and home delivery. Many companies took the opportunity to get started. Uber Eats has forged a partnership with Carrefour to strengthen its home shopping service. The young Parisian Cajoo launched last February a similar offer, available within a few months.