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Panic buying underpins Japanese retail sales growth

Japanese retail sales have recorded a distinct uptick as consumers enter panic-buying mode in response to the coronavirus outbreak, according to Nikkei Asian Review.

More fashion companies join coronavirus fight

More and more major international retailers are lining up to join the fight against the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

LVMH Group brands invite consumers to ‘travel abroad’ on social media

LVMH Group brands are using social-media campaigns to allow consumers to “escape differently” with branded content inspired by “nomadic thinking” during the coronavirus crisis.

AS Watson sales grew 7 per cent last year, despite protests

Health-and-beauty retailer AS Watson recorded 7 per cent growth last year despite the political unrest in its key Hong Kong market.

How logistics have become vital as e-commerce booms

As Asia’s e-commerce market flourishes, logistics has taken a dual role as both a core driver and an enabler for the industry.

JD Super boosts tea sales through live streaming

Chinese online supermarket JD Super used live streaming to achieve a 100-per-cent increase in tea sales during a recent tea festival.

Singapore government urges citizens to avoid malls, observe safe distancing

The Singapore government is instructing local consumers to defer non-essential visits to malls as part of an effort to encourage social distancing in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

Gap Inc cuts capital spending and hunkers down to survive coronavirus crisis

Apparel retailer Gap Inc has revealed precautionary measures it is taking to bolster its financial flexibility during the coronavirus outbreak.

IDS opens giant Singapore flagship

Aesthetic clinic IDS has launched a flagship on Singapore’s Orchard Road, its largest facility yet.

NTUC FairPrice launches exclusive shopping time for vulnerable citizens

Singapore supermarket operator NTUC FairPrice has introduced priority shopping hours for “vulnerable” members of the community to help them access vital grocery supplies safely during the coronavirus crisis.

Thai consumers ready to engage with technology instore, or online

Seventy per cent of Thai consumers prefer to use apps to shop online, according to a new study by Wirecard – but they expect a consistent offer across all of a brand’s sales channels.

7-Eleven Thailand recruits 20,000 delivery staff

Convenience-store chain 7-Eleven Thailand is recruiting 20,000 workers to make deliveries in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.