Retail and consumer goods industry news

10 April 2019
The Aeon Group, one of Japan's largest retailers, is to launch a network of smart stores that are capable of anticipating what customers are most likely to buy when they enter the store. Data-driven smart stores Facial recognition is widely used in China, mostly in cashless payment. Whereas in Aeon China’s smart stores, it is to be used to recognise shoppers upon entry.  This then triggers ...
10 April 2019
Tesco has announced its full year results with LFL sales in Asia showing improvement in Q4. Significant improvement in the second half Although full year LFL sales in Asia fell by 6.2%, it declined by 3% in Q4, showing signs of recovery. Sales in the first half was impacted by the retailer’s decision to exit unprofitable bulk selling. Thai government’s issuance of welfare card, which could ...
04 April 2019
Shoppers can pick up their parcels from more than 300 Circle K stores at their own convenience with a new feature by DHL Express. On-demand delivery by DHL Express Shoppers are informed of their shipment’s progress through SMS or email on the day of delivery. They can then choose a variety of delivery options through a mobile-optimised website, including redirecting their delivery to a DHL ...
03 April 2019
Vingroup has acquired all 87 Shop & Go chain of convenience stores for just US$1. There are 70 stores in Ho Chi Minh City and 17 in Hanoi. Shop & Go withdraws due to competition Shop & Go opened its first store in 2006 and became one of the first operators of modern convenience stores in Vietnam. A representative for the retail chain said, “we have invested a great deal in the Shop & Go sys...
02 April 2019
Saigon Co.op, the leading grocery retailer in Vietnam, targets to grow its stores from 650 to 1,000 by year end. Growth across all formats Diep Dung, the group's chairman, said there will be new openings for Co.op Mart supermarket, Co.op Xtra hypermarket, Co.op food stores, Co.op Smiles and Cheers convenience stores. It will also launch a new format targeting wealthy shoppers which includes...
01 April 2019
The Japan External Trade Organisation is offering small to medium-sized domestic retailers free access to global ecommerce platforms to help them sell products in 18 markets abroad. Supporting smaller retailers grow online The initiative is expected to increase trade for local businesses, maximising the global popularity of Japanese products around the world. Twenty four ecommerce operators...
01 April 2019
A.S Watson will invest HKD1bn (US$128m) on digital innovation over the next ten years as it continues to step up transformation across the business to enhance the shopping experience. Staying ahead of competition A.S. Watson continues to invest in technology and ecommerce. By next year, the retailer will have spent approx. HKD1bn on digital and technology since 2012. Over the next ten years...
01 April 2019
Mr Yuthasak Phumrasakul, Senior Executive Vice President of CP All and founder of 7-Eleven stores in Thailand, reveals a range of ready meals created by Iron Chef Thailand under its Ezygo private label. Partnership with three chefs Chef Pom-Thanarak Chuto, Chef Kai-Thananya Khaikaew and Chef Art-Prasopchoktrakun have been invited to create 12 delicious dishes and desserts. These three chefs...
29 March 2019
First phase of launch announced; CEO for joint venture appointed. Eight 7-Eleven stores to open in Mumbai After signing a master franchise agreement with 7-Eleven last month , Future Group announced that it will open eight 7-Eleven stores in Mumbai as an initial phase. In addition, the Group shared that it is exploring two different retail formats of the chain. The Group is experime...
28 March 2019
Rossmann, the German drugstore part owned by A.S. Watson, will begin selling products in South Korea in May, with products shipped directly from Germany. Direct-to-market model Rossmann plans to make “full-scale inroads into the domestic health and beauty market” of South Korea. A direct-to-market business model will be adopted, rather than stocking goods in stores. It is not clear when Ros...