Local governments have been promoting the transformation of traditional grocery open markets, so called bazaars, in large cities in Russia. Governments are rebranding open markets to ensure control over tax collection, product quality and expiration dates, as well as following consumer demand for modern levels of service.
Players within traditional grocery retailers continued to lose sales to modern grocery retailers in 2021, with the latter continuing to expand. Traditional grocery retailers is no longer the leading grocery retailing channel in terms of value sales, but it still accounts for the most outlets.
In February 2013 Russia introduced a ban on sales of tobacco from kiosks and shops with a selling space below 50sqm. The ban created a niche in the market, which was subsequently filled by alcohol and tobacco specialist retailers.
The Federal Tax Service and the Russian Ministry of Finance made proposals in 2021 to strengthen control over trade in open markets, to help prevent tax evasion among sellers. The proposal includes plans to reduce the number of instances where a cash register is not used and to increase the amount of control the owners of these open markets and the local government have.
Traditional specialist retailers, namely alcohol and tobacco, meat, fish, tea, coffee and others are actively developing their own stores. These stores are usually available in convenient locations which helps ensure steady footfall.
The competition from modern grocery retailers is expected to intensify over the forecast period due to increasing maturity. Operators of supermarkets and convenience stores are being forced to expand into smaller cities and towns, where they continue taking share from traditional grocery retailers.
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Traditional grocery retailing is the aggregation of those channels that are invariably non-chained and are, therefore, owned by families and/or run on an individual basis. For Euromonitor traditional grocery retailing is the aggregation of three channels: Independent Small Grocers, Food/Drink/Tobacco Specialists and Other Grocery Retailers. While there can be modern (i.e. chained) food/drink/tobacco specialists or other grocery retailers, due to the store's presence in the channel, these stores are still considered as traditional for Euromonitor International.See All of Our Definitions
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