Live updates: The retailers pulling out of Russia – from Uniqlo to John Lewis Partnership

Live updates: The retailers pulling out of Russia - from Apple to Ikea

The list of global retailers cutting ties with Russia continues to grow as sanctions against Moscow rack up over its ongoing attacks on Ukraine.

Here is a list of leading retailers taking a stance against Putin and Russia amid worldwide outrage:


Uniqlo

Following widespread backlash for defending its decision to keep Russian stores open, Uniqlo has now backtracked, temporarily suspending its operations in the country following its invasion of Ukraine.

On March 10, Fast Retailing released a statement saying it ” is strongly against any acts of hostility.”

“Our company mission is centered around offering the general public basic, affordable clothes that are made for everyone. We believe it is our responsibility to provide such essential items to all, including those affected by conflict, natural disasters and other devastations.”

“However, we have recently faced a number of difficulties, including operational challenges and the worsening of the conflict situation. For this reason, we will temporarily suspend our operations,” it continued.

Fast Retailing Uniqlo covid-19


Crocs

Crocs has paused its e-commerce and retail operations in Russia, as well as ceasing to import goods into the country.

The company said that it was focused on supporting its staff in the country and would continue to pay them during the pause. Crocs also committed to supporting relief efforts, adding that it was “devastated by the tragic war in Ukraine” and that it stood “in solidarity with those impacted by and enduring this humanitarian crisis.”

The footwear brand currently operates approximately 20 retail outlets in Russia and currently, the local Crocs Russia website is no longer accessible.

 


Pandora

The jewellery retailer Pandora has announced it has suspended all business with both Russia and Belarus due to the invasion of Ukraine.

A Pandora spokesperson told Professional Jeweller: “Russia and Belarus are served via local distributors, and we have no Pandora employees or Pandora-owned stores in those countries. The same goes for online. The business makes up less than 1% of our revenue.

Pandora


Adidas

Adidas announced it is closing all its stores in Russia and suspending its online shop amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The sporting giant said it would suspend operations in Russia until further notice but will continue to pay its employees there. Last week, Adidas suspended its partnership with the Russian Football Union following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

“As a company, we strongly condemn any form of violence and stand in solidarity with those calling for peace,” an Adidas spokeswoman said.

Adidas HR Chief diversity Karen Parkin


Mothercare

Mothercare has suspended all of its businesses in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.

The U.K. baby-products retailer said the suspension includes the shipment of its products to Russia, noting that its local partner has also confirmed the interruption of its operations in around 120 stores as well as online.

“Russia represents around 20%-25% of Mothercare’s world-wide retail sales and was previously expected to contribute around 500,000 pounds ($655,100) per month to group profit,” the London-listed company said.

Mothercare


Tesco

Tesco has become the latest retailer to pledge to stop buying Russian products in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces.

However, the supermarket giant will not be removing any products from its shelves, instead it is simply choosing not to place any further orders with suppliers.

Tesco


Asda

Asda issued a statement confirming it would be removing all products that originate from Russia in a move of solidarity to support Ukraine.

In a statement, the supermarket giant said: “We will be removing products that originate from Russia in our stores and online too.”

Asda also confirmed a £1 million donation to support Ukraine in its fight against Russian troops.

Asda and its charity, the Asda Foundation, have announced a £1m support package for displaced Ukrainian families in Europe and the UK


Next

Next, which sells goods online and has a distribution centre in Russia, has stopped trading in the country.

The retailer told staff over the weekend that it was mothballing the warehouse, which employs about 160 permanent and agency staff.

Next’s website in Russia will be turned off indefinitely in the next few days. It had already stopped shipments of products into the country in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine.

Next


Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason has also ceased its business in Russia.

Although it does not stock any Russian products, Fortnum’s sells through an export partner to a few shops in Moscow and St Petersburg.

Fortnum & Mason


Harrods

Luxury department store Harrods has stopped online deliveries in the country.

Harrods is exiting its cooperation deals with local retailers in three major Asian markets, according to local media reports.


LVMH

Luxury retail group LVMH closed its 124 stores in Russia yesterday.

The luxury group said: “Taking into account the situation in the region, LVMH regrets to announce the temporary closure of its stores in Russia from March 6.”

The group also announced a 5 million euro donation to support the International Committee of the Red Cross.

LVMH has announced improved earnings for Q3, with revenues up 46 per cent compared to 2020.


Chanel

French luxury group Chanel has also closed its 17 stores in Russia. The group said that “major uncertainty and the complexities of operating” had led it to temporarily suspend its operations in the country.

Chanel has published a new sustainability initiative to directly address climate change and the role the luxury fashion label and retailer can play in lowering its carbon footprint.


Hermès

French luxury group Hermès temporarily closed its stores in Russia and all its commercial activities in the country from March 4.

Hermès has three locations in Moscow, according to the company’s website, including one at Red Square.

Hermès said in a statement, adding that it was “deeply concerned by the situation in Europe.” Hermès didn’t didn’t give specific rationale for its decision.

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Inditex

Fashion giant Inditex, which owns Zara, has halted trading in Russia, closing its 502 shops and stopping online sales in the country.

The fashion retailer is one of the biggest to close operations in the country

In a statement, Inditex said: “In the current circumstances Inditex cannot guarantee the continuity of the operations and commercial conditions in the Russian Federation and temporarily suspends its activity.”

Russia accounts for about 8.5% of the group’s global earnings before interest and tax.

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John Lewis

On March 4, the John Lewis Partnership announced it would be removing all products made in Russia from Waitrose and John Lewis stores.

“This means that, from today, we will no longer sell two products – one Russian Vodka in Waitrose and one line of pizza oven pellets in John Lewis,” the retailer said in a statement.

“We’re working with our suppliers to review products that have components of Russian origin and will be seeking to mitigate further exposure to the region.”

John Lewis


JD Sports

JD Sports released a statement on March 4 saying “everyone at JD is shocked and deeply concerned by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and expresses the utmost sympathy for all Ukrainians.”

The sporting retailer confirmed that it has now ceased all trading in Russia across both its brand websites and wholesale channels, adding that it represented less than 0.05% of annual revenues.

The business also confirmed that it has “no facilities or employees in either Russia or Ukraine.”

“In addition to many personal collections and activities from our colleagues across the Group, we will look to support those affected through our verified charity partners. The conflict in Ukraine continues to generate grave concern and we look forward to reconciliation and the return to peace within the region.”

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Sainsbury’s 

This morning on social media, the supermarket giant Sainsbury’s said it will be removing all products that are 100% sourced from Russia, and that it will also be changing the name of Chicken Kievs to Chicken Kyiv to match the Ukrainian spelling of the capital city.

In a tweet, Sainsbury’s said: “We stand united with the people of Ukraine. We have reviewed our product range and have decided to remove from sale all products that are 100% sourced from Russia.”

Sainsbury's


Marks & Spencer

On March 3, Marks & Spencer released a statement saying it had suspended shipments to its Turkish franchisee’s Russian business, given the unfolding humanitarian crisis following the invasion of Ukraine.

“We are doing everything we can to support the people of Ukraine and in response to the growing refugee crisis we are building on our existing support for UNICEF UK’s Ukraine appeal with a £1.5m package to support the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and UNICEF to help children and families in need,” the retailer said in a statement.

“This is made up of a kickstart £500,000 donation to UNHCR with a further £500,000 for matched fundraising for all our global colleagues and double donations on Sparks transactions to support UNICEF, and activation of till-point and online giving in the UK.”

The retailer is also providing practical help through UNHCR; donating 20,000 units of coats and thermals for families in need totalling a further £0.5m.

“Given the unfolding humanitarian crisis following the invasion of Ukraine, M&S has suspended shipments to our Turkish franchisee’s Russian business. We are doing everything we can to support the people of Ukraine and in response to the growing refugee crisis, we are building on our existing support for UNICEF UK’s Ukraine appeal with a £1.5m package to support the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and UNICEF to help children and families in need. This is made up of a kickstart £0.5m donation to UNHCR with a further £0.5m for matched fundraising for all our global colleagues and double donations on Sparks transactions to support UNICEF; and activation of till-point and online giving in the UK. We are also providing practical help through UNHCR; donating 20,000 units of coats and thermals for families in need totalling a further £0.5m.”


Mango

Mango joined the string of fashion brands temporarily closing their doors on Russian operations this week, following the country’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

In a statement, the retailer expressed its “sadness and concern” for the situation, stating that it has been in “constant and direct contact” with its team in Ukraine, offering mentoring, financial support and assistance to those both in the country and those who have left.

It also outlined its concern for its 800 employees in Russia, noting that it had tried to safeguard its operations until the last moment. However, it ultimately has now decided to temporarily suspend its operations in Russia, closing its stores and its online platform and stopping the delivery of goods to the country.

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Currys

On March 4, Curry’s chief executive Alex Baldock released a statement saying the retailer had “immediately stopped selling” the small number of its products made in Russia.

“And, while we don’t have a business in the Ukraine, we have partners there and colleagues nearby. We’ll continue to stand with them, and with the victims of this act of the sort of senseless barbarism that we had hoped was part of Europe’s history,” he added.

“My horror and revulsion at the invasion of Ukraine is shared by thousands of Currys colleagues, and we share a determination to help the victims of this act of aggression. My thoughts are with all of those affected by the tragedy which is unfolding.”

The company’s virtual mobile network, iD Mobile, has also joined other large mobile telecoms providers to provide free-rated text and call charges to Ukraine based numbers for its UK customers, as well as providing free-rated calls, texts and unlimited data for iD Mobile customers in Ukraine.

Currys PC World store with signage


Ikea

Ikea is temporarily suspending its business in Russia due to the o-going war in Ukraine.

The Swedish furniture giant confirmed it will pause all retail operations in the country and will also stop all exports and imports in and out of both Russia and Belarus.

“The devastating war in Ukraine is a human tragedy, and our deepest empathy and concerns are with the millions of people impacted,” the company said in a statement.

“The immediate actions of Inter Ikea Group and Ingka Group have been to support the personal safety and security of Ikea co-workers and their families, and we will continue to do so.”

Ikea has revealed it will phase out plastic from consumer packaging by 2028 as it moves towards only using renewable or recycled materials


H&M

The world’s second-largest clothing retailer H&M has paused all sales in Russia saying it is “deeply concerned” over the ongoing situation in Ukraine.

The move comes despite Russia being H&M’s sixth-biggest market, accounting for about 4% of group sales in the last quarter of 202.

The Swedish retail giant has already temporarily shuttered all stores in Ukraine “due to the safety of customers and colleagues”.

H&M has become the latest brand to pause all sales in Russia as it said it is "deeply concerned" over the situation in Ukraine.


Nike

Nike has stopped online orders in Russia because it cannot guarantee delivery of goods to its customers in the country.

Instead, visitors to the Nike website in Russia are served a message directing them to their nearest store and shoppers will still be able to buy Nike products throughout its 116 brick-and-mortar stores in Russia.

Despite the sportswear giant not making reference to the war, Ukrainian member of parliament Lesia Vsylenko tweeted that the sportswear giant’s move was a great example of how private companies could impose sanctions against Russia.

Nike


Burberry

Luxury fashion retailer Burberry has temporarily closed its three stores in the country, following a decision to pause shipments because of ‘operational challenges’.

The business has two stores and one concession in Russia.

“These are incredibly difficult times for many people and our thoughts are with all those impacted by the crisis,” Burberry said in a statement.

The luxury retailer is also donating to the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal to provide urgent aid while matching employee donations to charities supporting humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.

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Apple

Tech giant Apple has stopped both product sales and services and made clear that it stood with those that were suffering due to the invasion, while Apple Pay and other services such as Apple Maps have also been limited.

The tech manufacturer and retailer said: “We are deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand with all of the people who are suffering as a result of the violence.”

The move comes after Ukraine’s digital minister Mykhailo Fedorov wrote to Apple CEO Tim Cook, pleading with him to freeze sales in Russia. Fedorov hopes this will infuriate young Russians ad motivate them to protest against the invasion of Ukraine.


Asos

Asos has suspended trading in Russia amid the nation’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The online retailer announced the decision on Wednesday as Russian forces continued to shell Ukrainian cities including Kharkiv and Kyiv, and said continuing sales in Russia was “not right” following the civilian casualties.

“Asos’ priority is the safety of its colleagues and partners in Ukraine and Russia,” it said.

“Immediately following the invasion, Asos suspended sales in Ukraine as it became impossible to serve customers there.

“Against the backdrop of the continuing war, Asos has decided that it is neither practical nor right to continue to trade in Russia and has, therefore, today suspended our sales there. Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine and all those affected in the region.”

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Boohoo

Fast fashion giant Boohoo has suspended its sales in Russia and closed its websites in the country following the military invasion of Ukraine.

A statement issued to the London Stock Exchange said: “Boohoo is deeply concerned about the tragic developments in Ukraine.

“Immediately following the invasion, the group suspended sales to Russia, and also closed its Russian trading websites.

Boohoo has started production in its new Leicester factory


Yoox Net-a-Porter 

Net-a-Porter, Mr Porter and Yoox have all suspended shipping to Russia with a notice on their respective Russian websites reading:  “Due to the current situation, we are unable to complete any new orders in your country. All order fulfillment has been suspended until further notice,” written in both Russian and English.

While no official statement has been released, it is thought executives are aligning with international sanctions, which also make payment processing challenging.

Yoox Net-a-porter is the latest retailer to join in the resale game, as part of a partnership with resale technology provider Reflaunt.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. How can we get the international Hotels to quit Russia?
    They could also refuse bookings from Russians worldwide?
    Why are McDonalds still trading in Russia?

  2. Whilst some brands have ceased business altogether with Russia, others are suspending business. But when does ‘suspending’ become defacto withdrawing altogether and so something more than temporary? Is it a case of not wanting to burn bridges? Or for some brands a concern that share prices will be hit even more?

  3. My friend was in Dubai. Russians are not being able to pay their hotel bills as their cards no longer work so hotels will be reluctant to allow them to book. And Putin has banned them transferring money to foreign banks so the can’t even transfer to pay. Hopefully the Russians will start to realise the world is against them and revolt!

  4. As an American, I am very disappointed to see that Ralph Lauren still operates store locations in Russia as of today

  5. There must be legal issues that need resolving before they stop trading. Lies are not going to win. Good will always win.

  6. Boohoo and H&M to Burberry and Chanel some of the brands suspending business in Russia.But when does ‘suspending’ become withdrawing and so more than temporary? A concern of not burning bridges or for some that share prices will be hit even more.

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