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Convenience Stores Decry Credit Card Fees on Cigarettes, Plastic Bags

Convenience Stores Decry Credit Card Fees on Cigarettes, Plastic Bags

SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – A collective of convenience store owners will file a class action lawsuit against the government to demand the repayment of five years’ worth of credit card fees on cigarettes and plastic bag sales. The collective’s leader, Kye Sang Hyuk, shared with media outlets on September 14 that preliminary discussions [...]

Pesticide Eggs: Wary Retailers Ban Sale of Belgian Products

Pesticide Eggs: Wary Retailers Ban Sale of Belgian Products

SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The European Union’s recent acknowledgement that large-scale shipments of eggs from Belgium and the Netherlands may have been contaminated by a pesticide has stores and markets rethinking the sales value of Belgian waffles. The pesticide, Fipronil, is believed to be hazardous to humans. So far, Germany, England, Sweden, Switzerland [...]

Number of Convenience Stores in Korea Reaches 34,000, Despite Stiff Competition

Number of Convenience Stores in Korea Reaches 34,000, Despite Stiff Competition

SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — Despite stiff competition and declining profits, more and more convenience stores in South Korea are opening, with the number of convenience stores per head surpassing that of Japan, a country thought to be the Asian capital of the industry. According to industry sources on Tuesday, there were an estimated 34,376 [...]

S. Korean Convenience Store Chain Taps Iran

S. Korean Convenience Store Chain Taps Iran

SEOUL, Jul. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — BGF Retail Co., the operator of South Korea’s largest convenience store chain CU, said Friday it signed a franchise deal with an Iranian company marking the first overseas expansion for a convenience store operator. Under the agreement, home appliances firm Entekhab Investment Development Group will take charge of investment [...]

Convenience Store Frozen Food Sales Rebound

Convenience Store Frozen Food Sales Rebound

SEOUL, Jul. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — As the number of single-person households continues to grow in South Korea, sales growth of frozen food at major convenience stores has significantly increased over the past six months, compared to average sales from 2012 to 2016. Among the frozen food items, frozen pizza was most popular, with sales [...]

Convenience Store Giant CU to Adopt Emergency Safety Guard Barriers

Convenience Store Giant CU to Adopt Emergency Safety Guard Barriers

SEOUL, May 16 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean convenience store giant CU is continuing its efforts to ramp up employee safety with a newly introduced counter safety barrier that will help protect employees in case of an emergency, including violent crimes. The newly opened Yeoksam-dong branch in Gangnam District is the very first CU store [...]

Cards Used More Than Cash at CVS

Cards Used More Than Cash at CVS

SEOUL, April 24 (Korea Bizwire) – Cash payments fell to less than half of all payments at a major convenience store chain in 2016 as a growing number of people used credit, debit and other cards, the chain said Sunday. It is the first time that card payments have exceeded 50 percent of the total at any convenience store chain, CU said. Card payments at CU outlets rose to [...]

Convenience Store Chains Release Ice Products and Cold Beverages Amid Soaring Sales

Convenience Store Chains Release Ice Products and Cold Beverages Amid Soaring Sales

SEOUL, April 18 (Korea Bizwire) – As the weather warms up in South Korea, major convenience store chains are releasing new spring and summer products ranging from iced tea and caffe lattes to plastic cups filled with ice cubes to drink a cold beverage out of. The market for ice products in the convenience store [...]