Philippines news & analysis

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...
16 February 2021
A.S. Watson has reported some trends that will shape the future of health and beauty, and other retail channels in 2021. Offline + online strategy as the new retail standard The pandemic has changed the shopping habits of customers, evolving their expectations and desires.  Like other retailers, A.S. Watson Group has witnessed a surge in online shopping in 2020, but it was able to adapt qui...
21 January 2021
A.S. Watson Group and Grab, the leading delivery and payment solutions provider in Southeast Asia, have formed a new partnership that will create the largest omnichannel health and beauty partnership in the region. Access to more than 62,000 health and beauty products in six markets Shoppers can now purchase a wide assortment of more than 62,000 health and beauty products from Watsons throu...
08 January 2021
One of the most common questions I get asked by businesses, is how will my market develop over the next few years. While there remains uncertainty over what the next 12 months will look like, there is a strong sense of optimism that 2021 will be a year to rebuild, but also capitalise on the opportunities that have arisen in the ‘new normal’ across Asia. With this in mind, we have identified five ...
08 January 2021
COVID-19 may have dampened the mood this year, but major retailers in the Philippines launched programs to keep the joyful vibe over the Christmas season. SM Retail launched a Christmas Flash Mob and Tiktok dance challenge Despite longer operating hours to manage the influx of shoppers, the largest retailer SM Markets continued to provide shoppers with entertainment while implementing safe ...
03 December 2020
Foodpanda and the global convenience store chain 7-Eleven have formed a partnership, which will see 2,500 7-Eleven stores across Southeast Asia added to the delivery firm’s app. A partnership that underscores Foodpanda’s dual focus The delivery service will be rolled out in four countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines. An average of 1,000 SKUs will be shoppable from the a...
19 October 2020
Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc. (RRHI) has acquired 100% ownership of Rose Pharmacy, a subsidiary of Dairy Farm. Another strategic agreement between Robinsons and Dairy Farm In a statement on Friday 16 th October, RRHI said it acquired Rose Pharmacy through its subsidiary South Star Drug Inc. from Mulgrave Corporation B.V., subsidiary of Dairy Farm. The value and other details of the acquis...
25 August 2020
Grab and Unilever will collaborate to protect Grab drivers and riders, connect small business retailers to online channel and dispatch products to retailers using GrabExpress drivers. GrabProtect through Unilever products Unilever will be equipping vehicles in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines with Lifebuoy hand sanitisers and Cif disinfectant sprays, at no cost to driver-partners or...
12 August 2020
For the first time, ASEAN Day will include the launch of the inaugural ASEAN Online Sale Day on 8 August. An initiative for retailers to showcase their products The new initiative is supported by many retailers across the Southeast Asian markets. It is a way to encourage retailers to embrace digitalisation to reach more consumers and access new markets. Source:...