Hong Kong - News & Analysis

24 July 2021
Watsons, the flagship health and beauty banner of the A.S. Watson Group, is strengthening its sustainability commitment with a target to offset 2,250 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Customers can contribute by buying Watsons’ Sustainable Choice products Source: A.S. Watson Protecting the environment is a key priority of the A.S. Watson Group, and it has invested HKD 750m (US...
08 July 2021
7-Eeven has opened its 1,000 th and 3,000 th stores in Hong Kong and the Philippines, respectively.  Celebrating 1,000th store in Hong Kong 7-Eleven is celebrating the milestone by inviting customers to play its Instant Win Game. From 30 June to 13 July, customers spending HKD20 (US$2.6) or more can scan the QR code on the receipt and match up the icons in-store. Prizes include 7-Eleven H...
16 June 2021
Vaccination to protect against COVID-19 is now more accessible in Asia, but the uptake has been sluggish.  To encourage more people to get the jab, some retailers as well as suppliers from the food and grocery industry are offering discounts and prizes for vaccinated individuals.  Hong Kong: ParknShop, Watsons and Sa Sa offer cash vouchers The CK Group has launched a lottery for Hong Kong r...
10 June 2021
Convenience retailer Circle K has introduced 100 autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in its 140,000 square foot distribution centre in Hong Kong. AMRs provided by Geek+ Geek+ is a technology company specialised in advanced robotics and AI technologies, and provides robotics solutions for warehouses and supply chain management. The AMRs will be used to move racks of goods to human employees p...
02 June 2021
The Dairy Farm Group’s health and beauty banner Mannings will carry the products of South Korean healthcare retailer Olive Young in Hong Kong. Over 100 brands from Olive Young available in 300 Mannings stores More than 100 beauty and personal care brands from Olive Young will be available in over 300 outlets of Mannings, as well as its online store.  These products include Olive Young’s bes...
02 June 2021
AEON has partnered with circular packaging startup Loop to sell products in refillable packs.  This launch across its 19 stores in Japan attempts to limit usage of single-use plastics in the country.    Sustainable and durable packaging: stainless steel or glass AEON is now encouraging its customers to avoid traditionally used disposable containers for the grocery items they consume daily. ...
19 April 2021
A.S. Watson’s Group COO and CEO of A.S. Watson (Asia and Europe), Malina Ngai, has spoken at the industry event Beauty Tech Live this week.  She has explained how O+O (Offline plus Online) has become the new retail standard in health and beauty. O+O customers spend three times more than exclusive instore shoppers Malina Ngai describes O+O as “how customers shop today. The customer journey ...
08 April 2021
Watsons Hong Kong has launched a citywide plastic container recycling programme called ‘Plastic Reborn,’ in collaboration with Procter and Gamble. Watsons’ store network across Hong Kong serve as collection points Together with P&G, Watsons now uses its network of 230 stores across the city as collection points for empty plastic containers.  Hong Kong-based service The Loops will send these u...
16 March 2021
A.S. Watson Group, the world’s biggest international health and beauty retailer, has recently announced its refreshed social purpose and 2030 vision for sustainability. Commitment to ‘put a smile on our customers’ faces’ Since the A.S. Watson Group is operating on a massive scale globally, it is determined to take stronger responsibility towards the customers they serve, as well as the envi...
15 March 2021
Dairy Farm International has reported an 8% drop in its subsidiaries’ revenue to US$10.3bn in FY20 (ending December 2020).  But total sales including from its associates and joint ventures has increased by 2% at US$28.2bn, primarily due to a higher sales contribution from Yonghui. Growth in grocery retail and IKEA offset by health & beauty and convenience The group’s sales performance in 20...