Chinese smartphone makers are planning to expand retail networks.
Chinese companies Xiaomi and Huawei are planning to expand the network of retail outlet stores in Russia, Kommersant reported , citing sources in the communications market. In 2019, Xiaomi will open about 100 stores, and Huawei – 30, but plans to expand to 200.
Over the next two years, the number of Huawei stores may grow to 150 to 200. Now the company is looking for partners and is in talks with the Inventive Retail Group, which operates re: Store, Samsung and Sony stores. Huawei representatives confirmed the publication plans to expand the network, but said they would open about 20 – 30 stores in major cities. Now the company owns six stores in Russia – four in Moscow, and one each in Ufa and Novosibirsk.
Xiaomi representatives told the publication that they plan to open “about 100 stores across Russia.” Now the company has 30 stores and 29 “islands” in shopping centers, including in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Samara, Tomsk, Khabarovsk and Nizhny Novgorod.
According to the GS Analytical Center, in 2018, Huawei ranked second in smartphone shipments after Samsung, and Xiaomi ranked fifth after Apple and Nokia.