Thailand news & analysis

03 June 2020
The annual 6.18 Mid-Year Shopping Festival was kicked off on 1 June, which is China’s largest online retail promotion since the outbreak of COVID-19. Equivalent to 11.11 Singles Day The event, which runs until 20 June, was launched by JD.com 17 years ago as the anniversary of JD.com. Since then, it has become an online shopping festival for major ecommerce players. It is the equivalent to...
21 May 2020
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, convenience operators are implementing measures to ensure everyone has access to the food and consumer goods products they need. We will continue to update this article as the latest initiatives are announced. Latest from UK Co-op is rapidly accelerating its online expansion to more than double the number of stores planned. Find out mor...
19 May 2020
Retailers in Thailand are responding quickly to shoppers’ concern at their stores, while looking after their employees. The broader context for Thailand Thailand reported its first COVID-19 case in January but had been recording low numbers in new infections. This started to change on 15 March as a few large clusters were identified in Bangkok and the number of cases increased. The Thai gov...
06 May 2020
On 17 April, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha wrote an open letter to the country's 20 richest people to help in addressing the economic impact due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Central Group responds with new initiatives to support the society and economy. New projects launched under three pillars Tos Chirathivat, Executive Chairman and CEO of Central Group acknowledged that the COVID-19 ...
28 April 2020
FamilyMart in Thailand has introduced two new models in order to expand its channels with an aim to improve accessibility. FamilyMart Corner is a colourful food and drinks container mart while automatic vending machines installed outside selected stores will offer convenience to consumers on the go.  Container style vending machines Source: Central Food Retail Gro...
14 April 2020
We round up some of initiatives SPAR International’s partners have rolled out to limit the impact of COVID-19 on shoppers, staff and their operations. SPAR Albania SPAR Albania has introduced a home delivery solution to support shoppers in Tirana and Durrës Shoppers can order via WhatsApp, Viber or by telephone Shoppers can choose from a selection of three types of solution Supe...
03 April 2020
Don Don Donki has opened a 4,000 sq. m. discount store at The Market Mall with more than 130,000 items, including fresh products and essentials. Its private label products under Jonetsu Kakaku will also be featured. In-store dining space Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the retailer will only provide take-away services for cooked food although the store has a dining area. The government has li...
11 March 2020
Berli Jucker Plc (BJC), the operator of Big C, plans to allocate THB8-10bn (US$254m-US$318m) this year to expand its business. Investment focus on Big C Supercenter Rami Piirainen, Vice-President for investor relations, said about 70% of the budget will be used to expand the business of Big C Supercenter this year, and the rest for its other businesses. Three Big C hypermarkets will be open...
09 March 2020
Tesco has announced that it has reached an agreement with CP Group with respect to the sale of its Asian business that values it at $10.6bn (£8.2bn). In a statement, Dave Lewis Group CEO said "Following inbound interest and a detailed strategic review of all options, we are announcing today the proposed sale of Tesco Thailand and Tesco Malaysia. This sale releases material value and allows us...
02 March 2020
Central Retail Corporation Public Company Limited (CRC) reports solid growth for 2019. Revenues increased 8% to THB222.7 (US$7.1bn) and profits grew 11% to THB12.4bn (US$394.7m). Leader in retail sector The retailer ended 2019 with positive revenue and profit growth across Thailand, Vietnam and Italy. According to its CEO, Yol Phokasub, it has increased market share in every product categor...