Taiwan news & analysis

20 August 2018
Dianguo Technology has obtained a license from unstaffed retail brand BingoBox to launch BingoStore in Taiwan. Another unstaffed store in Taipei In recent months, Taipei has seen the introduction of several new concept stores in the convenience channel. The launch of BingoStore follows 7-Eleven (X-Store) and FamilyMart also launching unstaffed stores earlier this year. The new uns...
25 July 2018
7-Eleven has opened its second unstaffed convenience store in Taiwan. Successful trial... After testing the first store of its kind six months ago, President Chain Store Corporation, operator of 7-Eleven in Taiwan has opened its second unstaffed X-Store in Taipei. The new store is located in Xinyi District, and utilises facial recognition or a iCash 2.0 card to recognise customers. ...
05 July 2018
Emart plans to install electric car charging stations at all of its outlets in South Korea by 2021. In Taiwan, investment for battery charging stations in front of PX Mart and 7-Eleven stores has been annoucned.  More reasons to shop at Emart in S.Korea Over the last three months, the retailer has launched several initiatives to improve shopping experience for customers, testing smart sh...
19 June 2018
Taiwan’s largest supermarket chain PX Mart is set to acquire White Wood House bakery, saving the business from closure. PX Mart expanding its portfolio PX Mart will pay NT$790m (US$26.5m) to take over White Wood House, an upscale bakery in Taiwan. This follows mounting losses reported by its current owner King Yue Biological Technology Co. Ltd, which forced the business the shut down last m...
05 June 2018
7-Eleven is set to launch a gym on the second floor at one of its convenience stores in Taipei, Taiwan. 7-Eleven BEING fit 7-Eleven's new concept store will be located near MRT Xingtian Temple Station. The gym itself will operate between 6 am and midnight, seven days a week, and under the banner BEING fit - a subsidiary of the Uni-president Group which operates 7-Eleven in Taiwan.  BEING...
16 May 2018
Japan's Sumitomo Corporation is planning to acquire a 22% share in Simple Mart, a Taiwanese supermarket chain, to gain access to a new channel for distributing Japanese products. Simple Mart to double its store network by 2023 With Sumitomo's investment, Simple Mart will look to double its 600-plus store network by 2023. The deal is expected to be completed in August and will expand Simple ...
24 April 2018
A.S. Watson has a diverse retail portfolio, including a range of different health & beauty banners, supermarkets and electrical stores. We review some of the latest new concept Watsons stores in Taiwan, China, Singapore and Russia. Watsons Tech-Fun in Taiwan Having revealed its expansion plans last year, Watsons has now launched an innovative new store concept, Watson's Tech-Fun. The n...
05 April 2018
The second largest c-store operator in Taiwan, FamilyMart, is piloting a new store concept based on digital technology. Next-generation c-store concept Earlier this year, 7-Eleven launched its first unstaffed convenience store in Taiwan. FamilyMart has now decided to launch its own futuristic store, utilising robots, virtual reality interfaces, interactive projection screens, smart shel...
31 January 2018
7-Eleven has launched its first unstaffed convenience store in Taiwan. The new 'X-Store' President Chain Store Corp., operator of 7-Eleven in Taiwan is testing its new unstaffed 'X-Store' at its headquarters. During testing, the store will only be open to company employees, and between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Source: Capture from YouTube promotional video of 7-Eleven X-Store Facial reco...
18 January 2018
France-based Carrefour released fourth quarter results noting that it had seen a slowing sales momentum during 2017. It said like-for-like sales were 1.6% for the full year, compared to 3.0% in 2016. It said that the slowing pace of sales growth had impacted recurring operating income, which it expects to fall by about 15%, and free cash flow, which hit €950m in 2017 compared to €1.039 bn in 2016...