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Costco’s fourth quarter results revealed a strong finish to the year with total revenue exceeding $220 bn. We look at the factors underlying this performance and what to expect in the year ahead.

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With coffee consumption in South Korea nearly triple the global average, and an estimated one coffee shop for every 600 people in the country, the market offers great inspiration for the latest coffee trends and innovations. Here’s three things that caught our eye on a recent visit to Seoul. Robots at the ready Dilly was one of a variety of service robots we spotted in Incheon Internatio...
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...
Co-working spaces, hybrid stores with additional services, and range evolution: three ways leading Asian convenience operators are adapting to meet changing shopper needs as markets emerge from Covid-19. 1. Co-working spaces 7-Eleven in Taiwan has introduced private working spaces above one of its stores in Taoyuan, reports Focus Taiwan. Rates of NTD 100 (USD 3.4) per hour mean the 14 rooms...


A new concept to re-energise hypermarket shopping, at a time when online shopping is surging in South Korea.
GS Retail has announced the introduction of gold vending machines at five locations, including some of its GS25 convenience stores.
Leading convenience operators 7-Eleven and CU have both introduced commercial drone delivery services in July.
Asia has some of the most developed convenience markets in the world. Find out what can be learned.

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