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South Korean convenience stores wind back 24-hour service

South Korean convenience-store owners are cancelling 24-service as minimum wage rise has eroded profits. Last year, president Moon Jae-in launched a campaign to raise the hourly minimum wage by 29 per cent over two years. With night-shift employees earning time-and-a-half pay, franchisees have been struggling to pay part-time staff during the small hours. Not all stores traded arou…

Discount wine boosting footfall in South Korean stores

South Korea’s retail industry is discovering discount wine is a strong driver of customer growth in brick-and-mortar stores. Wine consumption has been on a steady rise for years, but selling alcoholic beverages online is illegal in South Korea, so the category is a drawcard for customers who might otherwise shop online. In response, the industry is using a strategy to put out cheaper…

Shinsegae department store sets sales record as foreigners splurge in Gangnam

Shinsegae Department Store says its outlet in Gangnam, an affluent area in southern Seoul, reported US$1.7 billion in accumulated sales last year.

South Korean retailers embracing rat marketing strategies

As the 2020 is the Year of the White Rat on the Chinese zodiac calendar, South Korean retailers are planning rat-related products and special promotional events. Emart24, Shinsegae Group’s convenience-store chain, will begin selling white mouse-shaped marshmallows made by the German company Aseli from tomorrow. Furthermore, Shinsegae Department Store began selling rat-shaped cakes …

Featured store: The Conran Shop in South Korea

The first The Conran Shop in South Korea has opened in Seoul inside a Lotte Department store.

South Korean retail giants expect improved earnings next year

After a tough year, South Korean retail giants are tipped to log a modest improvement in their earnings next year on the back of improved business conditions and cost-cutting efforts, industry sources say.

First Conran Shop in Seoul is UK brand’s biggest yet

The first Conran Shop in Seoul has opened – and it is the British luxury furniture and home accessories retailer’s largest store globally.

Luxury labels increase focus on burgeoning South Korean market

South Korean consumers’ love for luxury labels is encouraging high-end brands to take bold, innovative moves into the market, opening pop-up stores and staging world-exclusive fashion shows.

Lotte brings Rezolve to South Korea

South Korean retail conglomerate Lotte is bringing London mobile shopping tech startup Rezolve into its market.

South Korean c-stores pursue vegetarian market

The popularity of diets based on vegetables is on the rise as an increasing number of South Korean consumers are looking for healthy and ethical consumption. As a result, South Korean c-stores are launching growing ranges of vegetarian products to meet demand. Nongshim, South Korea’s top instant-noodles maker, last month released stir-fried noodles that don’t contain any meat. Si…

Japan and South Korea battle it out in Vietnam retail market

South Korean companies are engaged in a fierce battle with Japanese rivals in the Vietnam retail market, which has emerged as a “post-China.”

Lotte Duty Free wins Changi Airport Group liquor & tobacco concession

Lotte Duty Free will replace DFS Group operating the liquor and tobacco concession at Changi Airport, management has just announced.