Thailand news & analysis

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...
09 March 2022
People in Asia are becoming more aware of the environmental impact of excessive use of plastic bags, cutlery and straws. We look at what retailers and governments are doing in this area to attain sustainability goals in the region. 1. Foodpanda ramps up efforts to tackle sustainability challenges Foodpanda is the largest delivery platform in Asia outside China. According to the delivery ser...
03 March 2022
Retailers in Asia have been revamping their loyalty programmes in the last year. We review two retailers’ programmes and the key changes they have made. Big C Thailand: Big Card to Big Point Big C Supercentre is rebranding its customer relationship management (CRM) programme to attract more shoppers. According to Big C, having a loyalty programme has become the second most important factor ...
11 February 2022
Central Retail Corporation, the parent company of Tops Supermarket and Central Food Hall in Thailand, plans to invest THB100bn (US$3bn) over the next five years for business expansion with a target of doubling its sales by 2026. A focus on growing omnichannel presence Central Retail Corporation is a multi-format retailer with businesses in fashion, food and general merchandise. It has annou...
09 February 2022
HappyFresh is growing its presence in three countries by opening dark stores. Beyond personal shopper service HappyFresh is an on-demand delivery aggregator that has been operating in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia since 2014. It is extending its service by adding dark stores in these countries. The stores have been launched for a couple of months and the retailer has seen month-on-month ...