Thailand news & analysis

13 September 2019
Central Food Retail appoints new CEO to move company into a new era of borderless retail and digital technology. Changes to senior management at Central Food Retail Central Group has announced the appointment of Stephane Coum as Chief Executive Office of Central Food Retail Group, alongside his position as President of Central Food Retail Company Limited. Prior to joining the organisation, ...
30 August 2019
We visited Central Food Retail’s Farmers Market, called Jingjai Market, which is part of a Tops Market in Khon Kaen last week. Khon Kaen is a rural city in the northern region of Thailand. Source: IGD Research   Jingjai Market is a new social initiative by Central Group to build local communities and improve their quality of life. There are two parts to the market: a section with fres...
12 August 2019
Tesco Lotus has partnered Shopee to launch its shop on the online platform in Thailand. Another channel to better serve customers Launched on 8 th August, Shopee users can now buy more than 10,000 items supplied by Tesco Lotus in Thailand. The online store covers more than 10 categories, including electrical appliances, fresh food, household, dry grocery, bakery and health and beauty pro...
17 July 2019
Saha Group, which operates in consumer goods (Lawson convenience stores), fashion, textiles and services, will launch its first unmanned store in Thailand within three months. Technology-led store Saha’s first unmanned store under the banner “His & Her” is 100 sq m. It uses facial recognition, QR code reading and radio frequency identification technologies invested by the company. The store...
08 July 2019
Alison Horner, CEO of Tesco Asia, shared the region’s plan to maximise the mix in a meeting for investors and analysts at its head office in the UK. Reset for growth in Asia: max the mix According to Alison Horner, Thailand’s urban population of 43.9% in 2010 will rise to 58.4% by 2030. Tesco Asia has reached 69% of the population in Thailand and Malaysia, representing significant growth op...
08 July 2019
Lazada, the leading ecommerce platform in Southeast Asia, will launch a 24-hour Mid-Year Festival on July 12 across all its six markets. One-day sale designed to bring new tagline to life The sale is themed “Millions of deals your heart desires” in line with its refreshed brand idea “Go where your heart beats”. The new shopping event creates more fun for shoppers and encourages them to purs...
27 June 2019
Saha Group, which operates Lawson convenience stores in Thailand, will collaborate with Thai advertising firm VGI Global Media to expand into subway stations and airports. Cooperative will launch this week Saha Lawson will own 60% of the venture, VGI will own 30% and the remaining 10% will be held by Saha Group. The partnership will be registered with a capital of THB20m (US$645,000). Fo...
17 June 2019
Tesco announces positive first quarter results with Asian sales rising 2.6% quarter on quarter at constant rates. Increase in market share in Thailand Dave Lewis, CEO of Tesco, shared that the increase in Asia is supported by significant growth in the Bangkok area. The Asian business returned to like-for-like sales growth, up 0.1% to GBP1.2bn (US$1.5bn). It is helped by a stronger customer ...
15 May 2019
Berli Jucker, operator of Big C, reports revenue of THB30.9bn (US$979m), gaining THB1.6bn (US$50.5m) over the same period last year. Solid growth due to expansion The revenue growth is driven by continued store network expansion with 27 Mini Big C in the quarter. 13 convenience stores were closed. By the end of March 2019, the retailer has 147 hypermarkets, 61 supermarkets, 797 Mini Big C a...
01 May 2019
 JD.com plans to invest CNY6.5bn (US$965.1m) in Thailand over the next three years to strengthen its fresh food business. Offering shoppers more choices In partnership with Yonghui, JD.com plans to import large quantities of durian, mangosteens, coconuts and other fruits from Thailand worth CNY5bn (US$742.4m). JD.com itself will also source an additional CNY1.5bn (US$222.7m) worth of fruits...