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Ikea names new Korea chief

After a seven year project to establish Ikea in Korea, the man charged with opening the brand’s first store is heading back to Sweden. Patrick Schuerpf, the country project manager of Ikea in Korea, has been appointed to head the Global Supply Chain Management team. His role will be taken over by Retail Manager Andre Schmidtgall. This is no demotion. The launch of Ikea Korea has gone so well the inaugural store in suburban Seoul is facing temporary closure – it is so popular that local autho…

Korea’s shrinking retail ranks

South Korea’s online boom has been blamed for a significant decline in the number of bricks and mortar retailers in the nation. According to data compiled by the Statistics Korea and from the National Tax Service, there were 34,000 fewer retailers operating this last year compared to 12 months earlier. The total number was down from 806,000 to 772,000 – a decline of about four per cent. The government agencies define “active companies” as those who have sales or employees for at l…


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