- “Yandex today announced the first commercial launch of Yandex.Rover, the autonomous delivery robot it revealed late last year, in the city of Skolkovo, Russia. Starting this week, city employees at administrative offices can use the robot for deliveries of documents and small packages.
- The Mayo Clinic branch in Florida recently began using Navya shuttles to transport COVID-19 tests from a testing site to a processing laboratory on the hospital’s campus.
- In China, startup Neolix says its vans have delivered medical supplies and supplemented labor shortages in areas hit hardest by COVID-19”
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“Yandex (NASDAQ:YNDX), which owns Russia’s top search engine, recently launched an online marketplace called Beru, which it claims could become one of the country’s top three e-commerce platforms for local goods by the end of 2020.
AliExpress now controls 69% of Russia’s e-commerce market according to Ecommerce News Europe. Alibaba also launched a dedicated version of Tmall for Russian shoppers last year, and recently inked a $2 billion Kremlin-backed e-commerce venture with billionaire Alisher Usmanov.
To counter Google and lock in its users, Yandex aggressively expanded its ecosystem of services — which include cloud and email services, a virtual assistant called Alice, an AI-powered recommendations platform, streaming videos on its homepage, rides and food deliveries from Yandex.Taxi”