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New Clever Things company to offer e-commerce services for Russian retailers

​JLL appointed as exclusive real estate consultant

​Moscow, 21 July, 2014 — JLL, Russia & CIS is glad to announce its appointment as exclusive real estate consultant for the New Clever Things (NCT) company, Moscow-based e-commerce solution provider. NCT has been launched in the beginning of 2014 by top management of leading retail companies in Russia.

Co-Founder, Partner of NCT Wouter van der Wiel has previously worked at OZON, the most popular online market in Russia, and has set up OZON eSolutions, a pioneering e-commerce service company, built on the existing infrastructure. Wouter has more than 5 years of experience in the Russian and international e-commerce technology, supply chain and infrastructure markets. Prior to Russia Wouter has worked in Risk management within the financial industry at ING Group. Currently Wouter is managing NCT and its e-commerce infrastructure services.

Co-Founder, Partner for NCT Mika Romanoff is the CEO of Optimus Management AG. The company was established in 2009 in Switzerland and is the fund manager for Pluribus Optimum Fund. The principal of Optimus and its advisors has been actively investing in Europe, Russia and the CIS countries since 1991. Traditionally the investment focus has been in real estate, energy, agriculture and technology (IT, internet). In spring 2012 e-commerce fulfilment and infrastructure was added as an investment theme.

The internationally recognized team past experience has been with companies such as Deloitte, Hybris and have local experience by working with Gloria Jeans, Detsky Mir, M.Video, and Westwing, a Rocket Internet venture.

NCT specializes in e-commerce development & Implementation Services as well as e-commerce fulfilment & operations. NCT team is focused on delivering online retail solutions for all industries, especially FMCG. Together with 3PL partners, NCT offers a full range of integrated e-commerce logistics & distribution solutions to enhance our clients' e-commerce operations.

JLL team is chosen as NCT’ exclusive real estate consultant. With the detailed understanding of the retailers’ needs, JLL to develop and bring the best real estate strategy for the e-commerce practices.

Wouter van der Wiel, Partner of New Clever Things, said: “The market for e-commerce services in Russia is growing rapidly and makes it possible for us to achieve an attractive, sustainable performance across country. Within NCT we use best practice and knowledge of online/offline retail experiences, Omni Channel, development & implementation for e-commerce supply chain, providing e-commerce software packages of Hybris and Magento and IT & integration services. NCT is meant to be the first implementation company for e-commerce related projects with a full spectrum of services available on modular or end-to-end basis.”

“Russia is believed to have one of the fastest e-commerce development across the world. According to experts’ estimation, Russia e-commerce market to see 12.5% growth per annum in the upcoming years. The e-commerce services are crucial for the retail business today, but the lack of quality warehouse space suitable for the modern retailers’ needs restrains an active development of e-commerce in Russia, especially in the regions,” - Petr Zaritsky, Regional Director, Head of Industrial & Warehouse department at JLL, Russia & CIS, commented. – “With JLL experience in retail, including the record deals in industrial sector and leasing for the e-commerce clients, our solution will definitely meet the retailer’s highest occupational requirements. We will bring be the best possible medium- and long-term real estate strategy that will also meet the immediate needs of retail business.”

About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual fee revenue of $4 billion, JLL has more than 200 corporate offices and operates in 75 countries worldwide. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 3 billion square feet and completed $99 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2013. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $48.0 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated.

In Russia and CIS JLL has offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev. JLL, Russia & CIS was voted Consultant of the Year in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 , 2013 and 2014 at the Commercial Real Estate Awards, Moscow; Consultant of the Year at the Commercial Real Estate Awards 2009, St. Petersburg and The Best Real Estate Consultancy in Ukraine at the Ukrainian Property Awards in 2013.

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