Retailing in the countries of Asia Pacific is changing dramatically. Changes which took decades, even centuries, elsewhere are happening in a few years. The growth of larger firms and the arrival of international retailers are changing the business landscape, bringing the consistent supply and presentation of wider ranges of goods to consumers, and leading to the development of new kinds of retail stores and modern shopping malls, often in new locations. All of these developments are important for economic growth and for consumers and their lifestyles, They raise questions for governments about foreign investment, about social and environmental change, and about the fate of traditional retailers. This book examines the trends, seeking to understand how far they are global and how local circumstances affect developments. International retailers have spread across the region, but not always successfully. Studies in several countries look at their processes of growth and some of the reasons for success and failure. A review of changing regulation across the region suggests regulators should be concerned to avoid the problems of overconcentration of retail power, and country studies reflect on the effects of regulation as well as cultural and other influences on change.
This book was published as a special issue of Asia Pacific Business Review.
1. Introduction: The Transformation of Retailing in Asia Pacific Elizabeth Howard 2. The Regulation of Retailing: Lessons For Developing Countries Allan Fels 3. Restructuring Retailing in Korea: the Case of Samsung-Tesco Yong-Gu Suh and Elizabeth Howard 4. The Process of International Business Model Transfer in the Seven-Eleven Group: US-Japan-China Toshiyuki Yahagi and Malobi Kar 5. Foreign Retailers in Post-WTO China: Stories of Success and Setbacks Shuguang Wang 6. The Transformation of Food Retailing in Thailand, 1997-2007 Randall Shannon 7. Demanding Customers in the Chinese Context Jos Gamble 8. Development of a Retail Life Cycle: The Case of Hong Kong's Department Store Industry Lai Ngun Sun, Robert Kay and Matthew Chew 9. Two Asia Malls: Urban Shopping Centre Development in Singapore and Japan Hendrik Meyer-Ohle 10. Cultural Perspectives on the Development of the Retail Trade, East and West Hans Peter Holst 11. Conclusion Elizabeth Howard