Thailand news & analysis

19 August 2022
While the landscape of labour shortages and rising costs varies across the region, convenience retailers are experimenting with a range of new solutions to tackle their resource challenges. Robots employed to restock at FamilyMart FamilyMart has partnered with start-up Telexistence to introduce stock-checking robots to 300 stores in Japan. The Japan Times reports that each robot can repla...
10 August 2022
With better tourism sentiment, higher spending power boosted by government stimulus, more private investment and rising consumer confidence, retailers are expecting growth to return to grocery retail from H2 2022. Lotus’s plans store openings in H2 Sompong Rungnirattisai, CEO of Lotus’s, said an investment of THB13bn (US$368m) is planned for the opening new Lotus's stores and refreshing exi...
08 August 2022
Dairy Farm International reported total revenue of USD 18,511mn, increased by 1%, and operating profit of USD 76mn, decreased by 37%, year-over-year in H1. It should keep improving sales and profitability, especially in food grocery retail, which suffered the most from COVID-19 impacts in the region. Sales normalizing in supermarket   Excluding the sales from non-grocery, associates and j...
05 July 2022
We visited the first standalone Tops Food Hall for Central Food Retail that opened on 23 June on Sukhumvit 39. The area is very popular for expats, especially Japanese. It has the reputation of being a "Little Japan" due to the presence of many Japanese restaurants, hot springs and spa. The Tops Food Hall is in a building with two floors covering 4,800 sq.m, including 100 parking lots. So...
24 June 2022
Protein-alternatives is likely to expand in Asia with innovative products, new ways of distribution and production facilities. 1. Insects in vending machine by Sanpuku Holdings The vending machine which promotes the snacks as "highly nutritious meals of the future," is the first of its kind in western Japan's Shikoku region. There are nine types of insects available including fried crickets...
01 June 2022
The Thai Retailer takes over 18 Kiwi Mart stores in order to appeal to a larger pool of customers. Acquiring Kiwi Mart in Cambodia In a strategic move to expand operations in ASEAN, the superstore acquires 24 hour convenience retailer, Kiwi Mart, majority of who’s stores are located in Phnom Penh. This will enable Big C to be closer to Cambodian shoppers, who have a rising purchasing powe...
24 May 2022
Asia retailers are supporting shoppers by offering special prices on special days in Asia, with some offering locked prices over a longer period.     Lowering prices in Vietnam with Saigon Co.op After the COVID-19 epidemic season, the retailer recognises that essential goods is not only food, but also includes medical supplies and equipment such as medical masks . There are also diffe...
20 April 2022
The newly launched store has an area of 3,400 sq.m. and carries more than 17,000 items. Catering to residential area The store is on Pattanakarn 30, an upscale residential area in Eastern Bangkok. It is the retailer’s first standalone store with parking space which aims to support shoppers who prefer to shop near their homes. There are major roads linking the large-scale real estate project...
20 April 2022
Flipkart, Lazada and Tmall, leading ecommerce operators from across the region, are launching new customer-facing initiatives that tap into the desire to make better choices for people and the planet. Tmall introduces carbon emission product labelling Alibaba’s online marketplace Tmall is launching new product labelling to help shoppers understand environmental impact when making shopping w...
28 March 2022
Good Noodle is a new instant noodle speciality store that has opened in Bangkok. More than 70 types of noodles across Asia The store is opened in Bangkok mall last October. It has a seating area and allows you to cook and eat the instant noodles immediately. The brightly coloured store is a highly popular amongst teenagers, as a meal cost between THB6 to THB250 (US$0.18 to US$7.46), which i...