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Fierce Price War Underway in Retail Industry

Fierce Price War Underway in Retail Industry

SEOUL, May 7 (Korea Bizwire) – The price war between online and offline retailers, which started at the beginning of this year, is intensifying. As Emart Inc., retail giant Shinsegae’s supermarket chain operator, declared a “price for the public” strategy against Coupang, which has always been leading the price competition in the online retail industry [...]

SK Telecom, Shinsegae Join Hands on Future Retail Model

SK Telecom, Shinsegae Join Hands on Future Retail Model

SEOUL, Apr. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean mobile carrier SK Telecom Co. said Tuesday it will collaborate with retail giant Shinsegae to develop a next-generation retail business model based on 5G and an advanced ICT platform. SK Telecom and Shinsegae I&C Co., Shinsegae’s IT subsidiary, signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a new [...]

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 [...]

From White Elephant to Useful Marketing Tool, Bank Branches Evolve in Digital Era

From White Elephant to Useful Marketing Tool, Bank Branches Evolve in Digital Era

SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — On her way home after work, office worker Lee Jun-hee often drops by a nearby bank branch in Gwanghwamun, downtown Seoul. She does so not for banking but for book shopping and “meet the author” events, which are held in a space filled with the aroma of brewing coffee. [...]

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 [...]

Companies Cash In on Success of BTS

Companies Cash In on Success of BTS

SEOUL, May 30 (Korea Bizwire) — BTS has developed into a worldwide sensation after topping the Billboard 200 Chart, and companies are rushing in to take full commercial advantage of the Korean boyband’s success. International fans of BTS have been visiting domestic online shopping platforms while concerts showcasing the K-pop stars have been selling out [...]

Murky Future for Large Shopping Complexes

Murky Future for Large Shopping Complexes

SEOUL, May 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Construction plans for large shopping complexes have been affected by recent government policies for regulation. Major industry players are anxious as the government hurries to impose the same type of regulations on malls and department stores that were previously placed on large supermarkets. The friction between such large projects [...]

Retail Industry Introduces Fresh Foods Phone Delivery Service: Sources

Retail Industry Introduces Fresh Foods Phone Delivery Service: Sources

SEOUL, Mar. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s retail industry is introducing quick delivery of fresh and frozen foods through phone orders, targeting single and double-income households, industry sources said Monday. Homeplus said more than 70 outlets across the country have adopted the service in which clients can buy fresh and frozen foods using their [...]

Service Jobs in Retail Sector Offer Poor Work-Life Balance

Service Jobs in Retail Sector Offer Poor Work-Life Balance

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – At least half of the workers holding down service jobs in the retail sector have reported to work despite feeling unwell, a survey has found. Working while sick was one topic of discussion that was held among National Assembly politicians on December 13, during which the results of a [...]