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Cigarette Sales Down 1.1 pct on Campaign, Higher Prices

Cigarette Sales Down 1.1 pct on Campaign, Higher Prices

SEJONG, Sept. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Sales of cigarettes in South Korea declined 1.1 percent in the first eight months of 2018 from a year earlier due to a government-led anti-smoking campaign and higher prices, data showed Wednesday. South Korean smokers purchased 2.31 billion 20-cigarette packs in the January-August period, compared with the previous year’s [...]

GS Retail Unveils ‘Smart Convenience Store’

GS Retail Unveils ‘Smart Convenience Store’

SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — GS Retail Co., a major South Korean retailer, said it opened a “smart convenience store” using a face recognition system and other technologies Monday amid local retail firms’ race to automation. The company launched its convenience store chain GS25 outlet at the headquarters of LG CNS, the information technology [...]

Convenience Stores Play Role of “Eatery” and “Pharmacy” During Major Holidays

Convenience Stores Play Role of “Eatery” and “Pharmacy” During Major Holidays

SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Convenience stores situated in the nation’s leading industrial complexes were found to be playing the dual role of restaurant and drugstore during the nation’s major holidays, providing food and medicine to those unable to return to their hometowns. The National Convenience Store Association announced today that the sales ratio [...]

Women Prefer Bottled Drinks, Men Prefer Smaller Canned Drinks: Survey

Women Prefer Bottled Drinks, Men Prefer Smaller Canned Drinks: Survey

SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — The previous world record for the greatest number of people simultaneously performing the ice A new survey has found that women are more likely to purchase larger-sized beverages than men at convenience stores. According to an analysis conducted by GS Retail, the operator of the convenience store chain GS [...]

Chaebol-Owned Retailers Constitute Bulk of Law Violations

Chaebol-Owned Retailers Constitute Bulk of Law Violations

SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s large retailers affiliated with family-controlled conglomerates, or chaebol, account for more than 60 percent of violations of a related law over the past five years, a report showed Wednesday. The Fair Trade Commission (FTC), South Korea’s antitrust watchdog, detected 48 breaches of the act on fair transactions [...]

More Men Buying Household Products Online After 52-Hour Work Week Enforced

More Men Buying Household Products Online After 52-Hour Work Week Enforced

SEOUL, Sept. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Thanks to the newly imposed government edict limiting official working hours to 52 per week, an increasing number of men were found to be shopping online for household goods after spending more time at home in the evening after returning from work. According to the popular e-commerce website Auction, [...]

Tumbler Sales at Cafe Franchises Soar amid Plastic-free Movement

Tumbler Sales at Cafe Franchises Soar amid Plastic-free Movement

SEOUL, Sept. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Sales of tumblers at local coffee franchises surged last month amid the government’s push to reduce the use of plastic cups and straws to protect the environment. Since last month, the government has been clamping down on coffee shops that provide drinks in disposable cups without first asking customers. [...]

Shinsegae Launches Restaurant Queue App

Shinsegae Launches Restaurant Queue App

SEOUL, Sept. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Shinsegae Group, which operates high-end department stores throughout the nation, announced that it is launching a new smartphone app that will allow shoppers to check, in real-time, the wait time at restaurants situated within Shinsegae malls. Through the service, which launched at Shinsegae’s Gangnam branch yesterday and will roll [...]

S. Korean Retailers Expand Partnership with Chinese Mobile Payment Platforms

S. Korean Retailers Expand Partnership with Chinese Mobile Payment Platforms

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean retailers are increasingly joining hands with Chinese mobile payment platforms to attract more Chinese visitors as they strive to recover from the fallout from a diplomatic row between Seoul and Beijing, industry sources said Thursday. Shinsegae DF Inc. said it has adopted UnionPay’s QR code payment system [...]

Heat Wave Boosts Department Store Sales in S. Korea

Heat Wave Boosts Department Store Sales in S. Korea

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Sweltering heat affecting South Korea has boosted the sales of local department stores this summer as people have flocked to air-conditioned malls to get relief, industry sources said Thursday. According to retail sector data, revenues from restaurants inside Lotte Department Store jumped 10.6 percent on-year between July 16 and [...]