Thailand news & analysis

15 August 2017
CP All, operator of 7-Eleven stores in Thailand, has just reached a new milestone with 10,007 stores as of June 2017. The company posted gains in both revenue and net profit for Q2 due to aggressive store expansion, although same-store growth has declined. Thai economy still on recovery Convenience store sales grew 5.7% to THB 69.4bn (US$ 2bn) thanks to new store openings, while same-store ...
09 August 2017
In June, Saha Lawson, operator of Lawson 108 in Thailand announced that it will start franchising its stores to increase their store network to 500 by 2020. The retailer has kept its promise announcing that it has awarded franchise rights for oil retailer Susco Plc to open Lawson stores at their new petrol stations this year. Still early stages for Lawson in Thailand Under the recently ...
03 July 2017
SPAR International plans to establish 300 new convenience stores in Thailand by 2020. This will be done in partnership with the Bangchak Retail Company (BCR) and DHL Supply Chain. DHL has track record in Thailand & internationally Commenting on the development, Tom Rose, Head of Operations at SPAR International said, ‘DHL’s track record in sustaining fast-growing food retailers, both in Th...
22 June 2017
Having recently exited their 'bulk selling' operation in Thailand, Tesco Lotus have outlined a key focus area to connect and serve shoppers better. Supporting their investment decisions... The bulk sales segment, predominately made up of tobacco and alcohol products, served mainly traders rather than individual shoppers. With this unprofitable operation discontinued and investment to ren...
13 June 2017
JD.com, China's second-largest ecommerce company, plans to enter the Thai market later this year. Use Thailand as a hub Richard Liu, founder and chief executive of JD.com, said the company planned to use Thailand as a hub for servicing other Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam and Malaysia. This would be the second country that JD.com operates in Southeast Asian region, the other one ...
06 June 2017
Modern Sevel Indonesia, which operates 7-Eleven convenience stores in Indonesia, cancels the sale of the chain due to "non-agreement of the parties concerned". Challenging times ahead CP Indonesia is an affiliate of CP All, which operates more than 9,500 7-Eleven stores in Thailand. Its plan to buy 7-Eleven stores for US$75 million would have brought much needed funds and expertise for the ...
06 June 2017
Saha Lawson, operator of Lawson 108 in Thailand will start franchising its stores to increase their store network to 500 by 2020. This ambitious store target was first set when they launched back in 2013. Time catching-up... Lawson 108's growth during their first few years in Thailand has been slower than expected, with store network currently at 88. In terms of geographical coverage, over ...
29 May 2017
Central Food Retail, a leading retailer in Thailand which operates Tops Supermarkets, will introduce a new mall format and add more small stores this year. Tops Plaza - a new format for provinces A Tops Plaza will be in Pichit by this year end. The new retail format will function as a community mall, with many anchors including a Tops Supermarket. A second mall will be built in Payao next y...
17 May 2017
SPAR International has released its 2016 results, reporting that sales increased by 4.5% to €33.1bn. The retailer, which has a presence in 44 countries, stated that record performance ‘ was driven by a combination of like-for-like organic growth, successful acquisitions and new country expansion’ . Regional performance breakdown In Western Europe , which accounts for the largest share of s...
16 May 2017
Watsons, a leading health and beauty retailer, has revealed plans to add 50 to 55 stores this year in Thailand. Building from strong growth in 2016 Watsons achieved 55 store openings last year, ahead of its plan for 50 stores. The current year will see a similar number of store openings, balanced between upcountry and Bangkok. Other investments this year will focus on store renovations, eco...