The bill on the functioning of markets, if passed, will force owners of online platforms to increase commissions for sellers and intermediaries one year in advance. As a result, this could lead to an increase in prices for goods, an increase in counterfeits and counterfeits and a reduction in the release of services for the convenience of sellers and buyers, RBC writes.

Ozon saw the risk of an increase in product prices due to the bill in the markets

At the end of September, deputies submitted to the State Duma a draft law on the regulation of mother houses’ work with sellers and owners of collection points (POP). Among the main provisions:

  • responsibility for the accuracy of information published on the markets and the procedure for applying fines to counterparties are introduced;
  • limits the ability to change offering agreements once a year;
  • prohibits the sale of private brands in markets with an annual turnover of more than 150 billion rubles if similar products are already presented on the site;
  • prohibits restricting access to the personal account of the seller of goods or the owner of the collection point.

These same provisions cause further concern among market owners. Alexey Minaev, deputy general director of Ozon, believes that not a single company can function by setting prices once a year. Markets can set inflated rates for a year at a time, he noted.

According to Data Insight, the volume of the online retail market in Russia in 2022 amounted to 5.7 trillion rubles, with a total of 2.8 billion orders placed. In 2023, sales volume will increase by 30% to 7.4 trillion rubles, and the number of orders will increase by 64% to 4.6 billion.


Karina Pardaeva

Source: RB

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