Lawson to launch Thai business

The Japan Times Online

Lawson Inc. is in final stages of negotiations on setting up a joint venture with the Saha Pathanapibul group, a major Thai retailer, to open convenience stores in the Southeast Asian nation, according to sources.

The plan is part of the major convenience store chain's strategy to expand its businesses in Southeast Asia, where demand is expected to increase in line with rapid economic growth.

Chinese firms wave the flag to cash in on Japan tension

The Malaysian Insider

Chinese internet giant Baidu and companies across the country are tapping a frenzy of nationalist sentiment, launching patriotic promotional campaigns as thousands take to the streets to protest against the Japanese government's purchase last week of some disputed islands from a private owner, islands China claims as its own.

Be it to drive traffic to websites or garner customer loyalty, companies have rushed to wave the Chinese flag to try to cash in on the worst anti-Japan protests in decades surrounding the islands, called the Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China.

China to curb visits to Hong Kong by Shenzhen residents, says NPC deputy


China will limit visits by residents of the city of Shenzhen to neighbouring Hong Kong, a politician and media said on Sunday, following recent tension in the former British colony over growing numbers of mainland visitors.

Hong Kong has seen a groundswell of discontent over the number of mainland Chinese visiting the crowded city where frustration with what many residents see as attempts by Beijing to restrict democracy erupted in protests last year.

Lawson, SG Holdings to offer new delivery service

The Japan Times Online

Retailer Lawson Inc. and logistics company SG Holdings Co. are to begin a delivery service under a new alliance pitched at time-deprived workers and seniors.

Lawson, a Tokyo-based convenience store operator, said on Tuesday that it will take a 51 percent stake in the new company to be created in June, with Kyoto-based SG Holdings, which runs Sagawa Express Co., holding the remaining 49 percent.

Indonesia to launch e-commerce law framework this year

The The Jakarta Post

In an effort to create a more conducive climate for the e-commerce industry, the Indonesian government plans to issue a set of regulations called the "e-commerce roadmap" in the next three to six months.

The roadmap will provide clear guidelines regarding logistics services, payment gateways and tax – among others – for the e-commerce industry, Coordinating Economic Minister Sofyan Djalil said on Friday.

Chinese shoppers latest target of Hong Kong protest anger


Hong Kong police said on Monday they arrested more than three dozen people involved in scuffles that broke out at a weekend protest against the growing influx of mainland Chinese shoppers.

Police officers drew batons and used pepper spray on the crowds after the demonstration Sunday in a border town turned unruly. The protesters clashed with crowds of residents opposed to the event who taunted them along the route. Police said 38 people were arrested including a 13-year-old boy and 10 officers were injured.

Alibaba, China agree to tackle fakes

The Wall Street Journal Online

Alibaba claimed vindication in a dispute with a Chinese government agency over alleged sales of fakes and other misdeeds on its sales platforms, after agency officials said the two sides would work together to stamp out counterfeit goods.


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Retailers in Vietnam get into festive spirit

Viet Nam News

Many streets in HCM City, including major downtown ones, big and small shopping malls, and stores are beautifully decorated as people prepare to welcome Christmas and New Year.

Stores are also filled with a wide range of goods and have unveiled promotions for the festive season.

According to businesses, demand has increased significantly compared to last year, with pine trees, jingle bells, ornamental balls, laurel wreaths, and Santa Claus effigies being the bestsellers.

Japanese Supreme Court rejects Uniqlo lawsuit over book about overwork problems

The Japan Times Online

The Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit filed by Uniqlo demanding damages over a book that describes overwork situations faced by its managers.

The top court's Third Petty Bench made a decision, dated Tuesday, not to accept the plaintiff's appeal against lower court rulings that deemed core parts of the book to be true.

According to the lower court rulings, the book, published in 2011 by Bungeishunju Ltd., claims that a Uniqlo store manager worked more than 300 hours per month, including unpaid overtime, and that the employer ignored the situation.

India's Snapdeal launches specialty online store for the differently abled

India’s online marketplace Snapdeal has launched a specialty online to cater to the special needs of persons with disabilities for the International Day of People with Disability.

The Rehab and Support Store is the first of its kind virtual store in India aimed at providing accessibility to differently abled people for a convenient shopping experience.

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