Thailand news & analysis

10 January 2019
Tesco has hailed 12 consecutive quarters of LFL growth and delivered robust Christmas figures in the UK. Headline LFL results   Q3: 13 weeks to 24 Nov Christmas: 6 weeks to 5 Jan UK +0.7 +2.2 ROI -0.2 +0.3 Booker +11.0 +6.7 UK & ROI +1.9 +2.0 ...
21 December 2018
China-based, pure ecommerce retailer JD.com has reached an agreement with Thailand government agencies to help provide Thai companies with greater access to Chinese consumers. Three MoUs signed JD.com has signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with three separate Thai government agencies. These include, Thailand’s International Trade Promotion Department, the Digital Economy Promo...
30 November 2018
Berli Jucker, the operator of Big C in Thailand, reports positive Q3 results and international expansion in 2019. Q3 sales increase but profit margin decline Big C sales reached THB 27,855M (US$ 846.7M) in Q3 2018, growing by +7.2% year on year. Gross profit margin declined from 17.7% to 16.8% due to high base, sales mix changes and continued price investments. Same store sales growth also ...
27 November 2018
Coupang plans to launch a 'Thai Mall' flagship store on its online platform to sell a variety of exclusive Thai products, including food, beverages, lifestyle, furniture, pet and spa products.  Aiming at THB 200m (US$6m) in 2019 Thailand has been promoting Thai products on Coupang since August, with 899 SKUs, mostly food and beverage items. Thai Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said...
01 November 2018
Boots Retail Thailand announces the appointment of new Managing Director, Mike Wanliss. Boots, Thailand: new MD Boots Retail Thailand announces the appointment of new Managing Director, Mike Wanliss. He will take up the new role on 21st January 2019, reporting into Dean Thompson, VP and regional managing director for Asia international retail. Wanliss brings with him 40 years’ experie...
31 October 2018
We review the latest news from Walgreens Boots Alliance in Chile and Thailand. Boots, Thailand: new MD Boots Retail Thailand announces the appointment of new Managing Director, Mike Wanliss. He will take up the new role on 21 January 2019, reporting into Dean Thompson, VP and regional managing director for Asia international retail. Wanliss brings with him 40 years’ experience in the ...
30 October 2018
Guaranteed next day delivery of letters and parcels. 7-Eleven launches Speed-D express delivery Starting from today, you can get your mail delivered at more than 3,000 7-Eleven stores in Bangkok. The service is a joint venture between CP Group, Thailand’s largest grocery retailer and local delivery company Dynamic Logistics. Next day delivery is guaranteed for all packages that are recei...
09 October 2018
Since the official launch of the JD Central website about a week ago, more plans have been revealed by the new joint venture between Chinese online specialist JD and Thailand’s Central Group. The ecommerce platform JD Central offers products from 4,000 brands, including mobile phones, food, home accessories and apparel. During the three-month trial, orders on the new platform increased...
03 October 2018
Tesco has released its interim results for 2018/19, with sales in Asia reaching £2,365m, down 5.0% at constant exchange rates. Thailand dragging on overall Asia performance As predicted by the Tesco management, performance in Asia improved throughout the period as the business annualised its decision to stop bulk-selling. Asia LFL sales declined 9.0% in Q1 and although remaining negative, i...
01 October 2018
JD.com and Central Group have officially launched a new website under JD Central in Thailand. Positive consumer interest at soft launch JD CENTRAL offers both direct sales and marketplace models. Online orders have exceeded expectations by 15 times since it was first opened for testing in June. About 80% of shoppers accessed the site through their mobile phones to buy FMCG products, mobile ...