Chateau Online – purely French wines boutique

April 24, 2010

  Chateau Online Club is company that is aimed at promoting taste for purely French wine on the Russian market. Chateau online will sell its products, high class French wine, via three channels: – Web site – Special events, organized by Club France – Regional partners The target is a careful selection of French wines in order to offer to the Russian consumer only best products, that would open to them the best characteristics of wine.

In the assortment you will find the wines for any occasion – starting from quite simple but delicious wines for every day, as well as rare collection wines, which you can enjoy during some special events of your life. Chateau Online Club can guarantee the best ratio of price and quality.

ChateauOnline is a reliable supplier of classic French wines, which can offer you wonderful assortment, low prices, convenient delivery and any information you may need to enjoy the wines.

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  Шато Online клуб – это небольшая компания, целью которой является продвижение лучших французских  вин на российском рынке. Шато online будет продавать свою продукцию по трем каналам: – Веб сайт – Специальные мероприятия, организуемые Клубом   Франции – Через региональных партнеров.

 Основной задачей Шато Online является тщательная селекция французских напитков, для того, чтобы предложить российскому потребителю только лучшие продукты, несущие в себе все отличительные характеристики той местности, где они были произведены. В ассортименте Вы найдете напитки для любых событий – от простого, но вкусного вина на каждый день, до редчайших коллекционных вин, которыми можно насладиться в особые моменты Вашей жизни.

Шато Online гарантирует оптимальное соотношение цены и качества. ШатоOnline  – это надежный поставщик классических французских вин, который может предложить Вам великолепный ассортимент, низкие цены, удобную доставку и любую информацию, которая позволит Вам насладиться вином с уверенностью.

Fast Lane Ventures – unique opportunity for young enterpreneurs

April 24, 2010

Fast Lane Ventures is an Internet-related Business Incubator in Russia. The mission of Fast Lane Ventures lies in a constant search for the best and the most promising business-ideas and young entrepreneurs to fast develop them into sound and successful business-projects with high investment perspectives. Fast Lane Ventures will provide new businesses with a complete, tailored, “hands-on” business support, facilitating set-up process: idea and entrepreneur sourcing and selection; back-office and office space (central services); IT set-up/testing /prototyping; frame contracts with all important partners; full legal support from the start; foundation of correct separate legal setup for future; seed financing; access to outside money; network and expertise.

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Fast Lane Ventures – российский бизнес-инкубатор, специализирующийся на Интернет-проектах. Миссия Fast Lane Ventures заключается в постоянном поиске самых лучших и наиболее перспективных бизнес-идей и молодых предпринимателей с целью быстрого создания значимых и успешных бизнес-проектов с высокой инвестиционной привлекательностью. Fast Lane Ventures предоставляет новым бизнесам полную, реальную поддержку, значительно облегчая прохождение организационной стадии: поиск и отбор идей и предпринимателей, back-office и офисная инфраструктура, создание прототипа/тестирование/разработка IT-решения, соглашения с ключевыми партнерами, полная юридическая поддержка, начальные инвестиции, постановка бизнес процессов и широкая экспертная поддержка.

Kolizeo.ru

April 24, 2010

 Kolizeo is 24hours esoteric services online on www.kolezeo.ru 

Kolizeo is a completely new approach to astrology and esoterics.

Kolizeo will comprise 4 business models in one:

-Kolizeo Telephone: providing phone consultations with astrologers, psychologists and mediums.

-Kolizeo E-commerce: full range of thematic products available for shopping on-line

-Kolizeo E-content: horoscopes, predictions, love compatibility tests, taro readings

- Kolizeo Club: web-chats with psyreaders and others premium services provided by subscription

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Колизеo - это круглосуточная астрологическая служба и эзотерические сервисы он-лайн на сайте http://www.kolizeo.ru  Колизео это совершенно новый подход к астрологии и эзотерики.  Колизео это 4 бизнес модели в одной:

-консультации по телефону: предоставление консультаций по телефону с астрологами, психологами и  экстрасенсами

-Колизео бутик: полный спектр тематических продуктов, доступных для покупки он-лайн

-библиотека Колизео: гороскопы, предсказания, тесты на любовную совместимость, предсказания на картах Таро, на рунах

- Колизео Клуб: веб-чаты с экстрасенсами и другие премиальные услуги по подписке

Sapato.ru

April 24, 2010

 Direct Group has launched a new project SAPATO.RU The clear aim of SAPATO.RU is to become the number one online shop for selling shoes & accessories in Russia.   Similar concepts in Europe and the United States already prooved their incontestable success, despite all skepticism, that shoes are difficult to sell online.Thus, Sapato.ru, which will be online from summer 2010, will proof that this business model will also be successful in Russia. Clear cornerstones of SAPATO.RU are:

TOP SERVICE

-Professional call center & personal contact persons 

- Convenient ordering process

- Huge brand portfolio

TOP QUALITY

- Quality brands

- Strict supplier checks

-Top logistics partner

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 Direct Group запускает новый проект SAPATO.RU  Данный проект направлен на то, чтобы стать лидирующим он-лайн магазином по продаже обуви и аксессуаров в России.   Несмотря на скептический настрой и мнение о том, что обувь трудно продать он-лайн, аналогичные проекты в Европе и США уже доказали свою состоятельность. SAPATO.RU, так же докажет что данная бизнес модель будет успешна и в России. Ключевыми составляющими  проекта SAPATO.RU являются:

СЕРВИС

- Профессиональный колл-центр и личные менеджеры

- Удобная система заказов

- Большой выбор брэндов

ВЫСОКОЕ КАЧЕСТВО

- Качественные брэнды

- Строгий выбор поставщиков

- Профессиональные партнеры по логистике

Direct Group continues to develop of new large-scaled businesss in Russia (August 2009)

November 16, 2009

In 2009 Direct Group continues to develop of new large-scaled businesss in Russia. One of the last  achievements – is business alliance with Castel Group in connection with import and dirtsibution of French wine in Russia. Castel is a world player in the beverage industry specializing in two main sectors: wine and beer – with 50 years of growth experience, entered the Russian market in 2005. Direct Group’s contribution to this alliance will consist, among other things, of making available a strong professionsl management team, assistance in forming a true commercial and business network all over Russia.

 On August 26th the Shareholdres agreement have been signed by Mr. Alain Castel – Director General of Castel Group and Mr. Pascal Clement – CEO Direct Group

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Август 2009

 В 2009 году Direct Group продолжила развитие новых крупно-масштабных проектов. Одно из последних значительных достижений компании – бизнес альянс и сотрудничество с Castel Group в области импорта и дистрибуции французского вина в России.  Castel, мировой игрок на рынке алкогольной продукции, специализирующийся на производстве вина и пива – имеет 50-ти летнюю историю развития и роста. Castel вышла на российский рынок в 2005 году. Со своей стороны, Direct Group, обладая многолетним опытом на различных российских рынках, привнесет в этот альянс  свои знания и опыт, поможет создать профессиональную и сильную команду менеджеров, и сформировать успешную бизнес сеть на всей территории России.

 26 августа состоялось подписание партнерского соглашения между г-ном Аланом Кастель – Генеральным директором Castel Group, и г-ном Паскалем Клеманом – Президентом Direct Group.

 

 

Direct Group invests in KupiVip.ru Online shopping Club (August 2009)

November 16, 2009

Direct Group has invested to online-shop KupiVip.ru. Its CEO – Pascal Clement joined KupiVip.ru’s Board of Directors. The KupiVip.ru online shopping club, launched in October 2008, is specialising in online sales in fashion and fashion accessories of famous Brands with discounts up to 70% off boutique prices. Meantime the web site offer more than 100 bargains a month, the gain of each is around 40-50$ tousand. To join the online club, a user has to be referred by existing club member.

Direct Group will offer its expertise in full range of aspects concerning management of supply chains, development of logistics structure and optimisation of orders delivery system. 

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Август 2009

 

Директ Груп инвестирует в интернет-магази KupiVip.ru

 

Direct Group вложила инвестиции в интернет-магазин Kupivip.ru Президент Direct Group Паскаль Клеман вошел в совет директоров. Интернет-магазин Kupivip.ru, начавший работу в октябре 2008 года, специализируется на торговле одеждой и аксессуарами известных брендов по сниженным ценам со скидками до 70 %. Сейчас магазин проводит более 100 акций в месяц, каждая из которых приносит до $40-50 тыс. выручки. Чтобы иметь возможность совершать покупки на KupiVip.ru, нужно получить приглашение от уже зарегистрированного пользователя.

Direct Group планирует предложить целый комплекс решений для KupiVIP.ru по управлению цепями поставок, разработке логистической структуры и оптимизации системы доставки заказов.

 

 

 

 

The Biggest Deal in Distance Selling Sector in Russia (January 22, 2009)

November 16, 2009

I am very proud that we have finally completed the biggest deal in Distance Selling sector in Russia with our long-term partner – the Otto Group. The Otto Group acquired 90% share of NA DOM Group and PROMOPOST from Direct Group.

NA DOM Group (presented by three business-units “Home”, “Health & Beauty”, “MeggyMall“) is one of our biggest and most perspective projects that has taken a leadership position in the Russian distance selling sector within its 12-year existence. PROMOPOST is the Russian leader of fulfillment and logistics operating in the distance selling sector and providing respective services to NA DOM Group. Located in Tver region it carries out order delivery to the clients all over Russia.

It is a very positive step in the development of the Group on the Russian distance-selling market in general. NA DOM Group will certainly benefit from the Otto Group world-wide extensive expertise in assortment, e-commerce operations, logistics & fulfillment.

At the same time, due to this deal Otto Group will leave all the competitors behind and become absolute leader in Russia in distance selling and e-commerce.

Pascal Clement

CEO Direct Group

Assessment of the Russian economy in 2008 (December 2008, Vol.3, No. 11)

November 16, 2009

Assessment of the Russian economy in 2008

I would like start by noting that 2008 was filled with different events. The first half of 2008 was a continuation of the previous years and the economy grew simply by inertia, but the current crisis split the year into two blocks. I see this crisis as a rather positive moment. Certainly, each company now has to review and reorganize its development strategy, business plan and structure. But here also lies the ‘rational kernel’ as the crisis offers an excellent opportunity to look at one’s business from a new angle and also mobilize oneself, an approach that will give additional boost to companies’ energy. So, one can say that on one hand, 2008 was a difficult year because of the global crisis, while, on the other hand, the crisis has given companies new energy and challenges to conquer their markets, improve themselves and become better than competitors.

Company’s achievements in 2008 and plans for 2009

Our first positive change in 2008 was the new positioning of our company both in form and content. Direct Group moved into a new level of development, thus becoming a leader in Market Expansion Services in Russia. Secondly, we attracted new partners to two of our projects. These are three French investment funds – Ventech Capital, XAnge Capital and AGF PE, which have invested into our Internet project WomanJournal.ru. Currently, we are completing an agreement with the Otto Group, an investor in the NA DOM Group, a leader in the household goods segment of the Russian distance-selling market. These projects and the discussion around them are a great success for us. Thirdly, and this is particularly important, we continue to study the market with the aim of finding new opportunities and niches, where to invest and develop new projects. So, now and in 2009, Direct Group will be very active and open for new projects.

Prognosis for the Russian economy in 2009

I would not only focus on Russia, because one needs to consider the macroeconomic aspect of the current situation. All companies can be divided into two groups. The first includes companies that have huge debts, which will be consequently affected by the crisis, as they will have to find financing from other banks or the state. For companies in the second group with positive cash flows and less debt obligations, the crisis will offer them new opportunities on the market. Therefore, my prognosis for 2009 is as follows: depending on a specific company, next year will either be very difficult (for the first group) or very interesting (for the second group). But the crisis will continue for not just one, but about five years. Unfortunately, many projects and companies will be closed, but at the same time, new businesses will be founded. All these will last for about 5 years.

Exploratory Trip to the Russian Regions (October 27, 2008)

November 16, 2009

Last week (October 21-24) we had an exploratory trip to the Russian regions: Samara and Yekaterinburg. The trip participants included the representatives of the Otto Group: Alexander Birken, Member of the Executive Board, Human Resources and Controlling OTTO; Katy Roewer, Vice President, Group Controlling; Josef Teeken, CEO bonprix; and the representatives of the Russian partner: Pascal Clement, President Direct Group; Bernhard Schaeffler, General Director Direct Catalogue Service and myself, Martin Schierer, CEO NA DOM Group.

 

The purpose of the trip was to get acquainted with the Russian regions and establish the business contacts in order to further develop the business of the Otto Group in Russia.

 

In the framework of the trip program we have visited the call-center of RusFinance Bank (one of the projects developed by Direct Group), have made an opinion poll among the catalogues target audiences representatives aiming at getting the follow-up and improving the service quality and came over to one of the branches of Dostavka Service (our new project launched in the middle of this year in order to provide alternative goods delivery – more qualitative and high speed), where we could see a professionally organized work and discuss the customers’ impressions and feedbacks with the staff.

 

My impressions from the trip were very many-sided: It was a great view outside of Moscow to the regions. The two cities are very different although the number of inhabitants is pretty much the same. Samara seemed to me and all the other participants as a sleeping city in comparison to Yekaterinburg that impressed us as a dynamic and developing place. The different possibilities for buying goods from the open markets in the suburbs to the shopping malls in the city center allowed us to see absolutely different price ranges and assortment presentations. The style of the open markets is not known in Germany but all of us have seen it before in Asia or South America. On the other side, in the shopping malls in the centre we could feel the dynamics of the shops development.

 

The conclusion after this few days trip was very clear: There are a lot of chances in this great and big country but we have to be quick!

 

Martin Schierer,

CEO NA DOM Group

WomanJournal.ru Internet-portal Attracted Western Investors (October 22, 2008)

November 16, 2009

“Milanor” Company (the owner of WomanJournal.ruand leLuxe.ruInternet-resources) announces completion of the deal on investments attracting for further development of its Internet-projects. Three French investment funds having successful experience in investing into European Internet-media – Ventech Capital, Xange Capital and AGF PE – have bought minority stake in Milanor for $6 million from its owner Direct Group. Aelios Finance brokered the deal.

The purpose of investment attraction was to provide the future business growth and brand development of female Internet-portal WomanJournal.ruand luxury goods Internet-site leLuxe.ru. It will allow to expand the functional capabilities, raise the content volume and bring into operation new unique web-services ensuring additional cash inflow. At the same time, European partners’ involvement will ensure gaining the leading foreign sites’ experience and acquisition of the expertise on cutting-edge operating methods existing on the world Internet market.

«Primarily we were interested in attracting not only investments but «smart money». Our new partners are the guru of the European Internet market, they own know-how’s in the sphere. They believe in our company and we are confident that their experience and expertise will be beneficial to us. The partners have already provided us with their specialists in search engine marketing in order to optimize our work with Google », – says Pierric Duthoit, CEO Milanor.

«We have appreciated the quality of work being done by the team that entered the Russian Internet market, one of the world’s biggest markets with the most rapid growth rates and potential – more than 75 million users. Currently WomanJournal.ru has all the advantages and opportunities to become a leader of the Russian female Internet on a level with the highest world standards», – comments Alain Caffi, head of Managing Partners de Ventech Capital.

The updated design of WomanJournal.ru is planned to be presented by the portal owners in the nearest future in order to raise its usability, improve structuring, quality and volume of the existing content and enhance its interactivity. The number of partnership programs will be increased. Innovative fascinating services will be proposed to the portal audience. The result of these improvements will be shown in new opportunities for advertisers interested in qualitative targeted audience.

«We are specializing in identifying new business opportunities on the Russian market, rapid launch and further development of the projects up to their maturity. Today the Russian internet is one of the most perspective spheres with a number of outstanding opportunities. And the fact that the Russian Internet-portal has attracted western investors verifies once again that the Runet has a big future», – comments Pascal Clement, president Direct Group.


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