Global sports retailer Decathlon has opened 22 of its stores across 16 cities where retail operations are permitted under current lockdown relaxation guidelines. The company will re-open other stores after receiving the go-ahead from local authorities. Decathlon has 70 large-scale stores in India and retails over 500 products including running shoes, clothing, and other sports goods.
Decathlon has launched a series of zero-contact and innovative, technology-enabled shopping options in addition to stringent in-store safety and health-related compliances to safeguard its customers and staff from the Covid-19 disease. All operating stores adhere to the prescribed local guidelines on top of Decathlon’s stringent, internal operating protocols. These include - but are not limited to -- physical distancing of at least two metres, using hand sanitizers frequently, wearing masks at all times, temperature screening for all walk-ins, and Decathlon teammates.
Decathlon entered India in 2009 as a cash-and-carry retailer and was approved for single-brand retail in 2013. The company had reported a revenue total of Rs 1,278 crore ($192.1 million) for the 2018 financial year, which made it India’s second-largest single brand retailer after Xiaomi.