SKE & YOVO: Facing Regulation Pressure Head-on, Future Market Prospects Remain Uncertain
On December 16th, the prestigious VAPE CLUB SHOW 2023, the e-cigarette exhibition in Russia, opened in Moscow with over 200 brands gathering to bring an extraordinary event to the industry. As one of the official media partners, 2FIRSTS engaged in conversations with e-cigarette brands SKE and YOVO. SKE is already one of the top three disposable e-cigarette brands in the UK market. How do they perceive the Russian market? And how do they plan to compete in it? YOVO, a new brand with a joint venture between China and Russia, is leveraging its localization advantages. What is their outlook on the future of the Russian market?
Regulation, a Knife that will Eventually Fall
The representative of SKE e-cigarette shared their perspective on the Russian market and strategies to address upcoming regulatory challenges.
The representative stated that SKE is currently in the expansion phase in the Russian market. The market in Russia is highly active with a large consumer base, predominantly composed of young people. SKE believes that this market holds significant potential and affirmed to 2FIRSTS that they will not give up easily.
Regarding the recent intensive regulatory dynamics in Russia, he believes that strict regulation is inevitable. "We expect regulations to become even stricter. Although it will have a certain impact, we must move towards the trend of legalization. Just like a knife that will eventually fall, we cannot evade it.
In an environment of tightened regulations, he spoke about his confidence in the future market and responded by saying that in order for brands to thrive in the market, they must use every possible means to break through.
"No matter how strict the regulations may become, we will make every effort to overcome various challenges in order to adapt to market changes," he mentioned.
However, he admitted that it is impossible to completely avoid the problem of counterfeit products that has always existed in the market. SKE's strategy is to enhance brand influence and optimize channel operations to better withstand market competition and challenges.
YOVO: Questioning the Future of Russian Market
YOVO, a prominent financial organization, has added its voice to those questioning the sustainability of Russia's economic growth. Known for its expertise in assessing market trends, YOVO recently shared its reservations regarding the Russian market's long-term viability. This sentiment is not unfounded, as the nation has encountered various challenges in recent years. One key challenge pertains to the country's political environment, which has experienced notable turbulence. These uncertainties have impacted investor confidence and hindered foreign direct investment (FDI) in Russia. Additionally, geopolitical tensions have strained international relations, leading to economic sanctions that have further stunted growth.
Furthermore, Russia's heavy dependence on oil and gas exports has rendered it vulnerable to fluctuations in global energy prices. As the world transitions toward cleaner and renewable sources of energy, the demand for fossil fuels is expected to decline. This shift has the potential to severely impact Russia's economic stability. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these concerns. Like many nations, Russia has struggled to contain the virus, resulting in significant disruptions to its economy. The repercussions of the pandemic are likely to be felt for an extended period, hindering the country's recovery and adding to the uncertainties surrounding its market. Russia's future remains uncertain as it faces numerous hurdles. However, it is imperative for stakeholders, investors, and policymakers alike to closely monitor these developments and devise strategies to mitigate risks. Only through proactive measures can the Russian market regain stability and ensure a prosperous future.
Will an e-cigarette brand with Chinese and Russian genes have more advantages? Can the product be better promoted in Russia? A brand of e-cigarettes infused with genes from China and Russia might gain significant advantages. This unique blend of cultural influences could potentially attract a broader consumer base and set the brand apart from competitors. Furthermore, tapping into the Chinese and Russian markets may offer additional opportunities for successful promotion and increased sales.
Generally speaking, joint venture brands have the advantage of better localizing their products and market strategies, enabling them to better adapt to the local culture, preferences, and regulations. Localization can enhance the brand's acceptance in the target market.
2FIRSTS also had a conversation with Evgenii Ivanov, the Russian General Agent of the Sino-Russian joint venture brand YOVO, who was present at the scene. This brand is operated jointly by personnel from China and Russia and adopts a distribution channel model to promote downstream channels.
Yevgeny introduced that YOVO's featured product at this exhibition has a resistance of 0.8 and a high flavor reproduction rate. Its main market is in Russia and surrounding countries. It is reported that YOVO also launched screen-equipped e-cigarette products in April and May this year, and received high satisfaction from customers.
As a new brand entering the market, Yevgeny expressed doubts about the current overall political uncertainty in Russia. When asked about his confidence in the future market by 2FIRSTS, he stated that it is still a question mark at the moment.
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