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Bench@30: Long-Term Growth Amid Greater Competition From Int'l Brands

Who are the owners of leading Filipino-owned clothing brand and how is it coping with entry of foreign rivals?

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Bench staged a fashion and underwear show themed “Under the Stars” last Nov. 18 that created a lot of buzz in traditional and social media.A number of famous celebrities and personalities modeled the retail apparel brand’s ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | November 24, 2017 09:00:00
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Financial Adviser: 5 Retail Strategies Used by Zalora Philippines to Overcome Ecommerce Challenges

Zalora is the largest online fashion store in the country today

The growth of e-commerce in the Philippines in the last five years has revolutionized the way retailers do business. Consumers can now buy and sell almost anything online anytime with one click.When Zalora Philippines launched its e-commerce platform in 2012, online shopping ...

by Henry Ong  | November 21, 2017 12:00:00
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Injap Sia’s DoubleDragon More Than Doubles Revenue From Last Year Amid Rise of Modern Retail in Provinces

E-commerce in Metro Manila and big urban centers driving retailers to its provincial malls

Listed real estate and retailing company DoubleDragon Properties Corp. reported total revenues of Php4.1 billion for the first nine months of 2017. That’s more than twice its revenue of Php2.0 billion in the same period last year. Net income almost doubled to ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | November 20, 2017 04:00:00
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Do You Buy Foreign or Local Brands When Shopping in the Mall? Here’s the Outcome of Your Shopping Decisions

Colliers data shows which types of goods present opportunities for both local and foreign sellers

The sustained growth of the economy in the past few years has attracted big foreign businesses to make significant investments in the country. One of the most prominent examples of this is the increase in multinational retail brands that have expanded their ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | November 16, 2017 10:00:00
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Online Sex Toys Shop Doubles Revenues Since Opening Brick-and-Mortar Store in QC

Ilya’s founders believe each household should have at least one sex toy around

Ilya founders AJ Osmeña and Arvin AlvarezInside a well-lit store with glass windows along Maginhawa Street in Quezon City, one can find colorful vibrators, dildos, lubricants and nipple clamps, among others, attracting customers to step inside Ilya and find their pleasure object ...

by Joyce Babe Panares  | November 08, 2017 11:00:00
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Undas 2017 Shopping Mall Schedule

Here’s a guide to opening and closing times of shopping malls on Nov. 1 and 2, 2017

Most shopping malls are open this All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1, Wednesday) and All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2, Thursday) though opening hours can vary from the usual. Some shopping mall operators published special operating schedules for Nov.1 and 2. We summarize the ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | October 31, 2017 10:00:00
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Davao Tycoon Dennis Uy Eyes FamilyMart to Complement His Phoenix Petroleum

Acquisition seen to boost Duterte adviser’s 500+ retail gasoline stations

Listed independent oil company Phoenix Petroleum Philippines is set to acquire the Philippine arm of Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart, according to a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) last October 30.In the disclosure, Phoenix Petroleum revealed that it had signed ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | October 30, 2017 04:00:00
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Leon Denim: The First Filipino-Made Raw Selvedge Jeans

A group of local denimheads have taken jean-making into their own hands

The beauty of raw selvedge denim jeans—and the reason they’ve become the subject of a worldwide clothing cult—is all about the story. Denim enthusiasts look deeper into the details of clothes and the creation narratives behind them. Where most people see the ...

by Miguel Escobar for  | October 27, 2017 12:00:00
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Founder Socorro Ramos Spent Only Php200 To Open National Book Store

A rare Q&A with a true icon of Philippine retail

Socorro Ramos was all of 19 years old when she and her husband Jose opened a small sari-sari store along Avenida, Rizal in Manila. This was the beginning of National Book Store. Today it is the country’s largest retail chain of bookstores ...

by Paul John Caña  | October 22, 2017 10:00:00
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You Can Soon Learn Accounting, Tourism and Entrepreneurship From National Book Store's NBS College

On 75th Year, country’s largest book store chain is opening more branches and concept stores

National Book Store founder Socorro "Nanay Coring" Ramos with her granddaughter, NBS managing director Xandra Ramos-PadillaNational Book Store, the country’s largest retail store for books and school and office supplies, is opening its own institution for higher learning.Targeted to open in time ...

by Paul John Caña  | October 18, 2017 12:00:00
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7 Rustan's Milestones That Changed the Country's Retail Industry

Interesting facts about the 65-year-old retail giant that was almost named "Tanrus"

The story of how Gliceria "Glecy" Rustia-Tantoco and Bienvenido "Benny" Tantoco, Sr. began selling trinkets collected from their travels all over the world in their living room in San Marcelino has been retold time and again, but it never fails to inspire. ...

by Hannah Lazatin for  | October 06, 2017 12:00:00
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National Book Store Wants to Double Branches to 500 Amid E-Commerce Drive

Third-generation managers still plan to open at least 20 branches a year

National Book Store, the Philippines’ biggest bookshop and office supplies chain, plans to double its physical store network to 500 in the next few years, all the while strengthening its online presence and enhancing customers’ user experience. Founded in 1942 by Socorro ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | October 01, 2017 10:00:00
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Robinsons Plans to Triple Supermarkets that Deliver Online Orders by Next Year

Gokongwei group’s retail unit ramps up e-commerce plans as Alibaba, Amazon expand in the region

The retail arm founded by John Gokongwei Jr., the Philippines second biggest billionaire, is ramping up its online presence as global e-commerce giants Alibaba and Amazon jostle for dominance in Southeast Asia.Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc. (RRHI), one of the country’s three largest ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 28, 2017 02:00:00