// Arcadia tells suppliers that orders are cancelled until further notice
// Payment terms will be extended by 30 days as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic
Arcadia has reportedly informed suppliers that all orders will be cancelled until further notice and payment terms will be extended by 30 days due to the coronavirus outbreak.
In a letter to suppliers, Arcadia wrote that the retail sector was facing “unprecedented times with the impacts of Covid-19 unfolding and changing daily,” Drapers reported.
The retail empire, owned by Sir Philip Green, said it was forced to temporarily close stores last week following the government’s announcement to shut down all non-essential shops.
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As a result, Arcadia said it has to take action “wherever possible” with each of its stakeholders to protect the business for the sake of employees, suppliers and customers.
The company said it has worked with its supplier base for many years and this is “not a decision taken lightly”.
Last week, Arcadia wrote to employees to inform them it will be ending fixed-term employment contracts early as a result of the pandemic.
The contract termination covers teams across the fashion retail giant, including those in marketing, creative, store planning and visual merchandising.
Staff were notified of the changes before March 20, that day Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced government business grants and a job retention scheme that includes covering 80 per cent of wages of employees unable to work as a result of the pandemic.