Thailand news & analysis

29 June 2020
Alibaba Group has named Chun Li as Group Chief Executive Officer of Lazada, effective from 1 st July 2020. An experienced leader Li joined Alibaba as chief technology officer for the company’s B2B division in 2014 and moved to Lazada in 2017. He has since served as both group president and CEO of Lazada Indonesia. Li held leadership positions at Paypal and eBay prior to joining Alibaba. “...
29 June 2020
Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) is launching a new supermarket concept to support its expansion. Larger footprint than CP Fresh Mart format Source: Euroswift The new CP Fresh will have 500 sq. m. of space, about five times the size of the original CP Fresh Mart format. It will provide a wider variety of products including chilled items, produce, seasoni...
23 June 2020
Grab Holdings, a Singapore-based ride-hailing company, is expanding its delivery services from convenience stores and supermarkets across 50 cities in the region. Expansion accelerated in the pandemic The company has teamed up with 3,000 stores as it accelerates delivery of groceries, toilet paper, packaged snacks and beverages to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grab provided th...
23 June 2020
Central Food Retail has launched its first health food store in Tops Market, CentralPlaza Chengwattana, one of its flagshop supermarkets. Source: Central Food Retail   The store is launched under the slogan “Nature’s Delights for a Healthy Life” which offers a complete range of health products to meet all health and wellness-oriented lifestyles. The re...
16 June 2020
Central Retail Corporation Plc (CRC) has acquired the remaining 49% share for FamilyMart from its Japanese partner, making it the sole owner in Thailand. The date of share purchase agreement and transfer was on May 27. FamilyMart has released a further notice  today .  New business model in place CRC has partnered with Japan FamilyMart Co (JFM) since 2012. Over the last eight years, it has ...
04 June 2020
Netherlands-based SPAR International reported global sales growth of 4.35% to €37.1 bn (US $41.6 bn). The retailer stated its entry into two new markets, an additional 208 stores and the consistent expansion over the past four years has been a key growth driver, although the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought challenges. 2019 ‘has again delivered exceptional results’ Commenting o...
03 June 2020
The annual 6.18 Mid-Year Shopping Festival was kicked off on 1 June, which is China’s largest online retail promotion since the outbreak of COVID-19. Equivalent to 11.11 Singles Day The event, which runs until 20 June, was launched by JD.com 17 years ago as the anniversary of JD.com. Since then, it has become an online shopping festival for major ecommerce players. It is the equivalent to...
21 May 2020
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, convenience operators are implementing measures to ensure everyone has access to the food and consumer goods products they need. We will continue to update this article as the latest initiatives are announced. Latest from UK Co-op is rapidly accelerating its online expansion to more than double the number of stores planned. Find out mor...
19 May 2020
Retailers in Thailand are responding quickly to shoppers’ concern at their stores, while looking after their employees. The broader context for Thailand Thailand reported its first COVID-19 case in January but had been recording low numbers in new infections. This started to change on 15 March as a few large clusters were identified in Bangkok and the number of cases increased. The Thai gov...
06 May 2020
On 17 April, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha wrote an open letter to the country's 20 richest people to help in addressing the economic impact due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Central Group responds with new initiatives to support the society and economy. New projects launched under three pillars Tos Chirathivat, Executive Chairman and CEO of Central Group acknowledged that the COVID-19 ...