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Korean c-store operators double down on specialty stores

South Korean convenience store chains are placing a bigger focus on developing specialty stores aimed at attracting more...

Shinsegae and Lotte to compete in wine and whisky market

Shinsegae and Lotte are going beyond retail to jump into the wine and whisky markets, which have grown since the Covid-1...

Samsung to introduce recycled parts for smartphone repairs

The program is aimed at lowering customer costs and environmental damage by using parts recycled from old phones for rep...

South Korean luxury consumption expands beyond bags

Market researcher Euromonitor reported 4.6 percent growth in South Korea’s luxury market from last year, reaching an agg...

Emart opens fully-automated smart store in Seoul

Customers can type in a cellphone number at the kiosk and insert a credit or debit card to receive a QR code.

How Shinsegae is betting on an aggressive M&A strategy to drive growth

The retail giant has spent over 4 trillion won on M&As this year including the SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organiza...

Korean department stores diversify into food delivery services

They are expanding the scope of ‘dawn delivery’ and ‘free return’ services in collaboration with their affiliated online...

Some luxury brands thriving in Korea despite pandemic

Consumers, denied oversea travel, have resorted to spending on luxury goods instead, gaining popularity among the MZ Gen...

Korean websites fined for discriminating against visually impaired people

Collective suit filed against SSG.com, Lotte Mart and e-Bay Korea by 960 visually-impaired people.

South Korean perfume sales surge despite shrinking cosmetics market

“Consumers are replacing cosmetics with perfumes as a way of expressing themselves in the pandemic era."