Thailand news & analysis

03 March 2021
Stephane Coum, CEO of Central Food Retail under Central  Retail  in Thailand, shares how the company has tackled the challenges brought by the COVID-19 crisis, its transformation plans and building resilience for the future. Central Food Retail operates across many different formats and banners: Central Food Hall, Tops market, Tops SUPERSTORE (which competes with hypermarkets), Tops daily and Fam...
03 March 2021
Major retailers, Central Retail, Berli Jucker and CPALL, report revenue declines for FY2020. COVID-19 well controlled in Thailand The spread of COVID-19 was under control until the third quarter of last year. A new wave of increased daily cases started in mid-December, impacting year-end festivities. The government imposed an array of restrictions by province to avoid a national lockdown an...
17 February 2021
Charoen Pokphand Group, which acquired Tesco’s stores in Thailand and Malaysia, has introduced a new logo and name. From Lotus supermarket to Tesco Lotus and back to Lotus’s CP Group ran into financial challenges in 1998 during the Asian financial crisis and sold 75% of its stake in Lotus supermarket to Tesco. The stores were renamed to Tesco Lotus then. CP re-purchased the Southeast Asian ...
16 February 2021
A.S. Watson has reported some trends that will shape the future of health and beauty, and other retail channels in 2021. Offline + online strategy as the new retail standard The pandemic has changed the shopping habits of customers, evolving their expectations and desires.  Like other retailers, A.S. Watson Group has witnessed a surge in online shopping in 2020, but it was able to adapt qui...
12 February 2021
Foodpanda is one of Asia's fastest growing ondemand delivery providers, offering both meal solutions and grocery deliveries via its app. Using partnerships and its own darkstores to expand into grocery In 2020 we saw Foodpanda partner with more retailers in order to expand its grocery offer via its Pandamart service. However, Pandamart is also developing its own network of stores. The compa...
21 January 2021
Amongst all modern retail channels, the impact of COVID-19 from a global perspective, has varied the most in convenience. The channel, however, continues to offer a massive opportunity for retailers and suppliers globally, benefiting from longer term consumption trends such as smaller households and more consumers shopping locally. With this in mind, we have identified five themes that we expect ...
21 January 2021
A.S. Watson Group and Grab, the leading delivery and payment solutions provider in Southeast Asia, have formed a new partnership that will create the largest omnichannel health and beauty partnership in the region. Access to more than 62,000 health and beauty products in six markets Shoppers can now purchase a wide assortment of more than 62,000 health and beauty products from Watsons throu...
08 January 2021
One of the most common questions I get asked by businesses, is how will my market develop over the next few years. While there remains uncertainty over what the next 12 months will look like, there is a strong sense of optimism that 2021 will be a year to rebuild, but also capitalise on the opportunities that have arisen in the ‘new normal’ across Asia. With this in mind, we have identified five ...
08 January 2021
All Guardian Co, a joint venture between Dairy Farm and All Corporation in Thailand, will launch the first Guardian health and beauty store in 2021. Guardian store launch delayed All Guardian is a joint venture between All Corporation Co, a wholly owned subsidiary of CP All, and GCH Investments Pte under Dairy Farm International Holding Group. All Corporation Co and GCH Investments Pte hold...
06 January 2021
With the new wave of COVID-19 in Thailand, Central Food Retail is raising safety and hygiene standards by using UV-C disinfection robots in more stores. How does it work? The robots emit UV-C light to disinfect areas in 360 degrees to destroy more than 99.99% of all pathogens within seconds. In addition, the UV-C light is completely safe with no harmful side effects on the food products bei...