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Seoul department store to host online fashion show to help small brands

Hyundai Department Store has held the industry’s first no-guest fashion show to help small and medium-sized fashion brands suffering from the pandemic.

Burger chain Eggslut to launch in South Korea, Singapore

SPC Group, operator of Shake Shack in South Korea, is bringing Eggslut, the California-based egg sandwich chain, to Seoul and Singapore.

Service robots prove popular at height of pandemic

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to spread relentlessly non-contact services are emerging as a new trend, with demand for service robots growing.

Take-out, delivery shelter hamburger chains from virus impact

South Korean hamburger franchises are showing better performances during the coronavirus crisis than most restaurants thanks to take-out and delivery.

South Korean online grocery-delivery startup Kurly wins US$150m funding

South Korean premium grocery delivery e-commerce firm Kurly has procured funding of US$150 million from its existing investors.

Baeman accused of monopolistic behaviour as merger looms

The pending merger between South Korea’s number one food-delivery app Baemin and Yogiyo has fuelled widespread concerns about monopolistic market behaviour.

South Korean duty-free stores cut hours as travel-retail dries up

South Korean duty-free stores are electing to temporarily close for business as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

AI fashion-tech firm Odd Concepts raises $6 million

South Korean AI-based fashion-tech firm Odd Concepts has raised US$6 million in Series B funding, taking the company’s accumulated investments to about US$10 million.

How Olive Young is ensuring social distancing at checkouts

Olive Young has affixed footprint stickers to the floor by checkout counters, to encourage shoppers to follow recommended social-distancing directives.

Featured store: Galleria in Gwanggyo designed by Oma

Newly opened South Korean department store Galleria in Gwanggyo features a distinctive multifaceted glass passage wrapped around the stone exterior.

How South Korean companies are beating the ‘corona blues’

Many South Koreans are becoming depressed as they suffer from the ‘corona blues,’ a phenomenon caused by a lack of outdoor activities due to the coronavirus.

Starbucks Korea expands social-distancing plan

Starbucks Korea will expand social-distancing measures across its branches nationwide from Thursday, after a successful trial at some stores.