// Decathlon introduces rental service across a range of products to make it more accessible
// Customers can “pay-per-use” on the service which charges per 24 hours, rather than per hour
Decathlon has launched a rental service across a range of products to help out Brits during the cost-of-living crisis.
The sports retailer will offer products such as stand up paddleboards (SUPs), kayaks and e-bikes as part of its new rental service to make it more accessible for shoppers.
Customers can “pay-per-use” on the service which charges per 24 hours, rather than per hour.
For a kayak, the first 24 hours is charged at £30, then the second day is charged at just £15, and any subsequent days are charged at £10 per day. This means that a week-long rental would cost 56p per hour.
The offering is currently available in London (Surrey Quays), Southampton, Poole and Glasgow (Braehead), but the service will be rolled out to more stores.
“This is a really exciting development in our work to become a more sustainable business, all the while boosting the accessibility of sports,” Decathlon rental lead, Sharon Poulter said.
“Our mission is to make sports more accessible to the many, and offering rental services is definitely the most environmentally-friendly way to do so. All of our rental products are refurbished or ‘like new’, creating a genuinely circular economy.
“As part of the service, we will be providing package deals, so that customers can rent everything they need for a weekend full of adventure, including e-bike and SUP or kayak combinations at a reduced price. I look forward to growing this proposition, giving more and more people the opportunity to explore new sports.”