Decathlon is set to begin selling sporting goods through several online marketplaces in Russia as part of an expansion of its online sales activities, according to the local Retail news service, which quoted Julia Goroshenya, development director of Decathlon in Russia. Decathlon has already worked successfully with Russia’s second-largest online retailer, Ozon, and recently launched sales on Tmall in China and Amazon in the U.S. The company would not tell us how much it is selling on its own website in Russia. In 2020, Decathlon closed six stores in the country, ending up with a total of 53 units. There were no new openings except for one near Sochi earlier this year. All six closures had been planned before last year’s pandemic. Due to quarantine restrictions, customer traffic in the remaining stores has decreased, but the average basket size has grown, Goroshenya said. The pandemic also pushed Decathlon to introduce self-checkout lanes in its stores. They increased the pass-through speed in the stores by 60 percent, helping the company maintain social distancing. In the next three months, Decathlon plans to install self-checkout lanes in all its stores in Russia.