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Sales of Golf Equipment Soar Despite Severe Air Pollution

Sales of Golf Equipment Soar Despite Severe Air Pollution

SEOUL, Mar. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — With spring just around the corner in South Korea, the warm weather is attracting people to engage more in outdoor activities, boosting sales of golf equipment. Despite severe air pollution that has blanketed the Korean peninsula in recent months, and undermined sales of outdoor sports gear, golf equipment has [...]

Direct Purchase of Electronics, IT Products Hit Record High in 2018

Direct Purchase of Electronics, IT Products Hit Record High in 2018

SEOUL, Mar. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean consumers’ direct purchases of electronics and IT products through overseas online shopping malls came to a record-high level in 2018, data showed Sunday. According to the Institute for Information & Communications Technology Planning & Evaluation, South Korean consumers purchased 442.1 billion won (US$389 million) worth of home [...]

Yeongdon Oak Barrel Workshop Ramps Up Mass Production

Yeongdon Oak Barrel Workshop Ramps Up Mass Production

YEONGDONG, Mar. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — In Yeongdong County, North Chungcheong Province, where the country’s only grape and wine industry special zone is located, Korean oak barrels are being manufactured in large quantities for the production of alcoholic beverages. According to Yeongdong County on Thursday, the Yeongdong Oak Barrel Workshop produces oak barrels sized 5-liter [...]

Gov’t to Ban Radioactive Material in Consumer Products

Gov’t to Ban Radioactive Material in Consumer Products

SEOUL, Mar. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will ban using radioactive materials in consumer goods this year following public concerns over radon gas emitted from various products, the government said Tuesday. The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said the government finalized this year’s policy aimed at preventing a recurrence of radon contamination concerns, including [...]

Car Air Purifier Sales Surge on Fine Dust Worries

Car Air Purifier Sales Surge on Fine Dust Worries

SEOUL, Mar. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Spike in fine dust concentrations have caused sales of air purifiers for automobiles to soar amid rising consumer health concerns, local retailers said Sunday. Data provided by E-Mart Inc., South Korea’s largest discount hypermarket chain, showed sales of vehicle dust filtering products skyrocketing 1,046 percent on-year in the March [...]

Sales of Masks, Related Drugs Soar on Choking Fine Dust

Sales of Masks, Related Drugs Soar on Choking Fine Dust

SEOUL, Mar. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Sales of face masks, expectorants and eyewashes in South Korea are growing fast due to the onslaught of severe fine dust, industry sources said Thursday. In recent days, South Korea has been gripped by choking fine dust — particles smaller than 10 micrometers in diameter — which can cause [...]

Micro Business Owners in S. Korea Earn US$2,407 per Month

Micro Business Owners in S. Korea Earn US$2,407 per Month

SEOUL, Feb. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — The average monthly operating profit among micro business owners in South Korea was 2.69 million won (US$2,407) in 2017. The average profit margin was 15.8 percent per month. Seven out of 10 micro business owners said sales had shrunk over the past year, while 4 out of 10 said [...]

S. Korea Researchers Develop Unmanned Checkout System Using Display Cabinets

S. Korea Researchers Develop Unmanned Checkout System Using Display Cabinets

INCHEON, Feb. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — A South Korean research team has developed technology that allows for an unmanned checkout system. Researchers led by Prof. Song Byung-cheol from Inha University, in collaboration with Interpark, a major South Korean online shopping mall, developed a computer vision technology for smart display cabinets. The system receives video footage [...]

AmorePacific Adopts Eco-friendly Paper Packaging

AmorePacific Adopts Eco-friendly Paper Packaging

SEOUL, Feb. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Nowadays, products purchased online are typically delivered in a big box with bubble wrap for protection. But once the package is safely delivered, the packaging becomes nothing more than waste. AmorePacific Corp., however, has chosen to make use of paper packaging materials instead of bubble wrap. What seems like [...]