BGF Retail news

16 August 2021
Alongside the usual “buy-one-get-one-free” or “buy-two-get-one-free” deals, convenience operators are coming up with new multi-buy deals in South Korea. New ways to entice shoppers Emart24 has launched a 1+4 deal for facial masks in July. Shoppers can get five masks for the price of one at KRW150 (US$0.13) 7-Eleven has a 1+2 deal for 77 selected products, including beverages and ready...
21 May 2021
We round up the latest initiatives and developments from South Korea’s convenience retailers, covering topics such as beauty & cosmetics, green environment, subscription service and COVID-19.  Beauty & Cosmetics: CVS as a new sales channel Convenience stores are emerging as a new channel for cosmetics products: GS25's cosmetics sales up +18.2% vs. 2019 CU's cosmetics sales up +6.7%...
20 April 2021
The convenience channel remains a great opportunity for growth. We have published a series of new reports for our IGD Retail Analysis subscribers: The convenience channel’s global outlook Global growth opportunities Multiformat retailers trading convenience stores Below are some of the key highlights to help you plan for the future... Use IGD’s view to drive change...
06 April 2021
The first CU convenience store has opened in Malaysia. South Korean retailer, BGF Retail signed a brand licensing deal with MyNews in October last year. Located in Centrepoint Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur Source: CU Malaysia South Korean products account for 60% of all products Source: CU Malaysia The 165 sq m store sells popular Korean street food over t...
07 February 2020
Competition over delivery services in the convenience store sector is heating up, according to Korea Bizwire.  GS25 forms partnerships with food delivery services to drive sales Convenience store chain operator GS25 launched delivery services at its seven stores in Seoul through partnership with food delivery service Coupang Eats owned by ecommerce operator Coupang Inc. Customers can order ...
11 November 2019
In response to consumers’ increasing demand of healthy diets, operators of convenience stores in the country are expanding vegetarian ranges. Increasing demand for healthy consumption The number of vegetarians in Korea jumped from 150,000 in 2008 to 2 million last year, representing 3% of the total population. The number of vegans is around half a million. Meanwhile, vegetable consumption i...
11 October 2019
CU convenience chain is preparing to accept cryptocurrency payments in South Korea. Offering shoppers another payment method Earlier This week, BGF Retail, parent firm of CU, partnered with Chai to allow buyers to pay by presenting a barcode from the Chai mobile app. CU will use the Chai payment system to trade in Terra, a won-backed stablecoin. There are more than 13,000 CU outlets acro...
25 September 2019
South Korea’s BGF Retail Co., the operator of convenience store chain CU, will open its first outlet in Vietnam by June 2020. Second offshore operations after Mongolia The retailer has signed a franchise agreement with a Vietnam-based convenience store operator backed by local companies. BGF Retail will share its brand and knowledge in operations, while the Vietnamese partner will be respon...
05 December 2018
South Korea’s FTC (Fair Trade Commission) approved a set of voluntary rules agreed by convenience store operators to better protect struggling franchisees. Minimum distance between stores Five members of the Korea Association of Convenience Store Industry, CU, GS25, 7-ELEVEN, MINISTOP, C-SPACE and Emart24, came up with a voluntary agreement to curb excessive competition. A key centerpiec...
10 August 2018
South Korean convenience chains CU and GS25, operated by BGF Retail and GS Retail respectively, have seen a recovery in their results for the first half. BGF Retail's sales up 12.3% CU convenience chain recorded a net profit of KRW45.3bn (US$40.2m) from April to June, an increase of 105% from the first quarter of this year. Sales increased 12.3% to KRW1,478.5bn (US$1.3bn) compared with the ...