The Swedish company IKEA, the world’s largest retailer of furniture and household goods, on May 14 officially launched the possibility of ordering goods from an online store in Ukraine, distribution points will operate in the Kyiv shopping center Auchan Rive Gauche and Metro Cash & Carry.
“Remaining faithful to its desire to create a better everyday life for many people in Ukraine, IKEA is pleased to announce the start of work in the Ukrainian market and the launch of an online store. Currently, the Swedish retailer offers Ukrainian customers about 3,600 functional home goods of all categories and styles with attractive design and prices. An order can be made on the website www.ikea.ua,” the retailer said in an official statement.
It says buyers will be able to choose where and how to pick up their goods: in one of the points for receiving orders in Kyiv for free or using the home delivery service.
“Today two points are ready to start work – at Auchan Rive Gauche and Metro Cash & Carry. The delivery service is organized in cooperation with DB Schenker. We do everything to ensure smooth online purchases, however we will be grateful for your patience and understanding in case of possible delays during the first few days of work,” the press release says.
It emphasizes that the functioning of the company is organized in accordance with IKEA security measures, as well as in accordance with the requirements and instructions of the government of Ukraine. All employees will have access to the necessary protective equipment and will work in compliance with recommendations on social distance.
After the launch of the online store, IKEA plans to open its new city store in Kyiv as soon as possible. The company has recently signed a lease agreement with Blockbuster Mall”, the company confirmed.
Metro Cash & Carry Ukraine LLC (Metro C&C, Kyiv) will launch an online store for the clients of HoReCa food service industry, a company’s press service said.
“We believe that personalized work with the key clients is a pledge of the successful development of our business, and therefore we are pleased to announce the first stage of our own e-commerce solution for the HoReCa clients,” a company’s press release quotes its marketing director Anton Zhorin as saying.
According to the company, the range of commodity items of the online store includes Metro trademark, as well as products of its own import. The company also plans to expand the range by the end of the year by increasing supplies of non-food products.
According to a press release, a pilot delivery will cover Kyiv and Kyiv region, and by the end of 2019 will reach Odesa, Kharkiv, Lviv, Dnipro and Ivano-Frankivsk.
Tino Zeiske, who previously held the position of Global Director for Talent Management and Recruitment at Metro AG (headquartered in Dusseldorf, Germany), has been appointed new CEO of METRO Cash & Carry Ukraine.
Olivier Langlet, who has held the post of CEO at METRO Cash and Carry Ukraine, since April 2019, has been appointed CEO of MAKRO Cash & Carry (the Czech Republic) within Metro AG, it said.
METRO Cash & Carry Ukraine was founded in 2003. It consists of 23 METRO shopping centers in the largest cities of Ukraine, namely Kyiv, Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, Poltava, Lviv, Rivne, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Kryvy Rih, Mariupol, Zaporizhia, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Odesa and Mykolaiv, and also two wholesale outlets in Ternopil and Lutsk.
Spanish-based Inditex SA, one of the world’s largest clothing retailers, plans to launch online sales of the Zara brand in Ukraine in the fall-winter of 2019, the company said in its report for the first fiscal quarter of 2019 (February 1 – May 30).
“Inditex continues to expand its global, fully integrated store and online platform. Inditex remains very active in differentiating its store database … During the autumn-winter campaign, Zara will launch an online store in South Africa, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Colombia, the Philippines, and Ukraine,” the report says.
As of the end of 2018, nine Zara stores and two Zara Home stores were operating in Ukraine.
Overall, Inditex Group consisted of 65 stores in Ukraine, in particular, such brands as Pull & Bear (14), Massimo Dutti (6), Bershka (14), Stradivarius (12), Oysho (7), and Uterqüe (1).
According to the company’s report, its pretax profit in Ukraine in 2018 amounted to EUR28 million.
Inditex Group has been operating in Ukraine since 2008
Nova Poshta International, part of Nova Poshta, has resumed delivery from the online retailer of cosmetics and perfumery iHerb (the United States), according to the company’s website. Clients of the company will be able to pick up their orders in the offices of Nova Poshta, in automated parcel terminals, or choose courier delivery. The delivery time is 7-10 days.
To order delivery via Nova Poshta International on the iHerb website, you need to select the option with the Nova Poshta International or Boxberry logo (the partner of Nova Poshta International) in the Delivery tab page.
“Customers have repeatedly asked us and wrote in iHerb proposals to return delivery of Nova Poshta International. We did everything possible so that every citizen of our country could again conveniently and quickly receive their orders,” Yuriy Benevytsky, the director of Nova Poshta International, said.
The French sportswear brand Decathlon, part of the international Auchan Group, is to launch an online store in Ukraine in the spring of 2019 simultaneously with its first physical retail outlet, and announces plans to expand production in the country. “In six months, in the spring of 2019, we will open our first store in the north of Kyiv – in Retail Park Petrivka. Simultaneously, we will open an online store,” CEO of Decathlon Ukraine Florent Guieu said at a press conference on Tuesday. According to him, the company plans to cover the entire territory of Ukraine with its online store. The delivery of goods will be carried out from a warehouse located in Poland near the border with Ukraine. The online store will offer both delivery and customer pickup from the physical retail outlet.
Guieu also said that the company plans to expand production of own goods in Ukraine, which was launched in 2012.
“Ukraine is a fantastic country for production. We want to maximize the capacities for the production of footwear and non-technical goods here. We will try to produce more in Ukraine for the European market … Production is partnership, we do not own production facilities [in the countries of presence] with a few exceptions,” Guieu told Interfax-Ukraine in a comment.
In Ukraine, Decathlon produces goods in Zakarpattia, Sumy and Chernihiv regions.
Delta Tex LLC, which develops the Colin’s youth clothing store network in Ukraine, plans to open more than ten new stores in the next two years, as well as launch an online store by the end of May 2018. “I think we will launch an online store at the end of May-June … Over the next two years we plan to open about ten more stores, so we will have 75 stores in different cities,” Colin’s Ukraine Sales Director Volkan Peker said, speaking at the Retail & Development Business Expo 2018 exhibition held in Kyiv last week.
The first Colin’s brand store in Ukraine was opened in 2000.
As of the end of March 2018 the network had 62 stores with a total area of 21,000 square meters in 29 cities of Ukraine. Thus, the Ukrainian market is the third for the network after Turkey and Russia.
Colin’s is part of Eroglu Holding (Istanbul, Turkey), established in 1983. As of the end of March 2018 Colin’s network had about 600 stores in 38 countries. Delta Tex LLC was established in 2010.