Thailand news & analysis

15 November 2022
Lotus’s has opened a new hypermarket as part of a community mall in North Ratchapruek. It is a new concept that brings people together with lots of open spaces. New hypermarket with more imports The 4,500 sq. m store cater to the needs of affluent shoppers in the area. The store will carry imported beef and lamb from Australia, US, Japan as well as salmon and trout from Norway. Home electro...
31 October 2022
Lotus's has announced a sustainability policy called "Vision 2030. Actions every day". Part of its priorities as New SMART Retail leader Sustainability planning is in all dimensions of retail business as a leader of New SMART Retail, focusing on driving sustainable daily operations covering environmental, social and Corporate Governance (ESG) towards the United Nations Sustainable Developme...
27 October 2022
Central Retail is having its biggest transformation in its 26-year history by unifying its retail models under the Tops master brand. Source: Central Retail Building a strong brand DNA under Tops The food retail business will be reformed through four retail models: Tops, Tops Food Hall, Tops Fine Food and Tops CLUB. The new Tops brand comes with an updated, more moden-looking logo. ...
05 October 2022
Central Food Retail (CFR) has opened its first membership store, which focuses on premium imports in Thailand. Warehouse-style space with three zones Tops CLUB is behind Bangkok’s Central Rama 2 and has a selling space of 15,000 sq.m. It carries 3,500 products in five categories: dry grocery and beverage, fresh food, alcohol, general merchandising and household. 70% of the products are impo...
04 October 2022
Indonesia-based HappyFresh, an on-demand grocery delivery provider, has streamlined its operations to focus on its domestic market, giving up its presence in Malaysia and Thailand. Restructuring towards a more streamlined business model HappyFresh was the first Instacart-style grocery delivery service to launch in Southeast Asia in 2014. Based in Indonesia, it expanded to Taiwan, Philippine...
19 August 2022
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...
10 August 2022
With better tourism sentiment, higher spending power boosted by government stimulus, more private investment and rising consumer confidence, retailers are expecting growth to return to grocery retail from H2 2022. Lotus’s plans store openings in H2 Sompong Rungnirattisai, CEO of Lotus’s, said an investment of THB13bn (US$368m) is planned for the opening new Lotus's stores and refreshing exi...
08 August 2022
Dairy Farm International reported total revenue of USD 18,511mn, increased by 1%, and operating profit of USD 76mn, decreased by 37%, year-over-year in H1. It should keep improving sales and profitability, especially in food grocery retail, which suffered the most from COVID-19 impacts in the region. Sales normalizing in supermarket   Excluding the sales from non-grocery, associates and j...
05 July 2022
We visited the first standalone Tops Food Hall for Central Food Retail that opened on 23 June on Sukhumvit 39. The area is very popular for expats, especially Japanese. It has the reputation of being a "Little Japan" due to the presence of many Japanese restaurants, hot springs and spa. The Tops Food Hall is in a building with two floors covering 4,800 sq.m, including 100 parking lots. So...
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...