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‘Grooming Men’ Big Players in the Retail Industry

‘Grooming Men’ Big Players in the Retail Industry

SEOUL, Jul. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — Men who lavishly invest in fashion and beauty, so-called ‘grooming men’, have emerged as new flagship customers for the retail industry. Those who open their wallets without hesitation to improve their appearance are working hard to groom themselves, a thought that was unimaginable in the past, with emphasis on [...]

Retail Giants Forecast to Deliver Disappointing Q2 Earnings

Retail Giants Forecast to Deliver Disappointing Q2 Earnings

SEOUL, Jul. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean retailers are likely to deliver disappointing earnings for the second quarter on stiff competition with online operators, with industry leader Emart Inc. expected to post the first deficit in its history, industry data showed Monday. Emart, the country’s largest hypermarket chain, operated by Shinsegae Group, is predicted [...]

Retail Giants Evolving After Learning Hard Lessons from E-commerce Rivals

Retail Giants Evolving After Learning Hard Lessons from E-commerce Rivals

SEOUL, Jun. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — It is hard for consumers to live without online and mobile shopping, and for retailers already struggling with a slump in store traffic and the subsequent fall in direct to consumer sales, living up to the trend may be pronounced in the face of cutthroat competition with a slew [...]

S. Korean Retailers Accelerate Push for Automation

S. Korean Retailers Accelerate Push for Automation

SEOUL, Aug. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean retailers’ race to automate their outlets is accelerating with leading industry players unveiling robots that can replace shop workers, market watchers said Wednesday. On Tuesday, Korea Seven Co., the operator of convenience store chain 7-Eleven in South Korea, introduced a robot that allows customers to pay with [...]

South Korea’s $23-Billion Rental and Sharing Market Continues to Make Headway

South Korea’s $23-Billion Rental and Sharing Market Continues to Make Headway

SEOUL, May 22 (Korea Bizwire) – Last year, South Korea’s rental services market was estimated at 25.9 trillion won ($23.2 billion), up from 19.5 trillion won five years ago, according to the KT Economic Management Research Institute. By 2020, the market is expected to grow to a 40.1-trillion-won industry, researchers expect.  The boon in the [...]

Augmented Reality Latest Trend in South Korean Retail Industry

Augmented Reality Latest Trend in South Korean Retail Industry

SEOUL, May 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Augmented reality is becoming one of the hottest trends in South Korea’s retail sector following the worldwide success of Niantic’s Pokémon GO, offering local consumers a unique yet more convenient shopping experience.  Last month, Hanssem, a leading home furnishing company, equipped its mobile shopping app with an AR service, [...]

Internet New Battleground for Retailers as Industry Shifts

Internet New Battleground for Retailers as Industry Shifts

SEOUL, April 28 (Korea Bizwire) – The decline of the retail industry – that is, the brick-and-mortar portion of the market – is no secret.  In the U.S., major retailers have shuttered hundreds of stores over the past decade, including Sears and Kmart, which saw their numbers drop from some 3,800 to 1,430 stores over [...]