Executive Summary

Jan 2019
PROSPECTS
Convenience-orientated lifestyle will continue to expand

Driven by demands of major consumer groups, capital investment and participation of retailers, convenience stores show great market potential, especially in first- and second-tier cities in China. As new generations of consumers become the major workforce, they focus on convenient and high-quality shopping experience to mitigate modern life challenges.

Optimising products and services are retailers’ focus to satisfy changing consumer demands

Products and services are a major medium to link convenience stores with consumers. As there is ongoing urbanisation and a rising pursuit of high-quality lifestyle, consumers especially in first- and second-tier cities are less sensitive about price and more demanding of healthy foods.

New technologies implemented in convenience stores to enhance shopping experience whilst lowering operating costs

The unique retailing environment in China contributes to the flourishing of new technologies such as digitalisation and AI in convenience stores. With more connected consumers, participation of e-commerce giants and in-depth transformation of traditional convenience stores, more players have adopted digitalisation.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
Major convenience stores have obvious regional differences

Due to regional economic development, vast territory and cultural differences in China, most convenience stores show obviously unbalanced development in different geographic areas. According to a report by the non-profit China Chain Store and Franchise Association (CCFA), it accounts for over 50% of total outlet numbers for leading convenience retail chains in several major regions.

New retailing format exerts different performance

Due to the advantage of location and product assortment, convenience stores are gaining popularity. However, the rising of New Retail blurs the line between convenience stores and other formats such as supermarkets.

Ready-to-eat food has shown growing share within product portfolios

Ready-to-eat food contributes sales growth for convenience stores, especially those located in CBD and near the subway. With the fast pace of modern life, a growing number of office workers are used to grabbing fresh prepared food for breakfast or lunch in nearby convenience stores, which offer various choices from lunch boxes, hot pots and steamed foods.

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Convenience Stores in China - Category analysis

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Convenience-orientated lifestyle will continue to expand
Optimising products and services are retailers’ focus to satisfy changing consumer demands
New technologies implemented in convenience stores to enhance shopping experience whilst lowering operating costs

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Major convenience stores have obvious regional differences
New retailing format exerts different performance
Ready-to-eat food has shown growing share within product portfolios

CHANNEL DATA

Table 1 Convenience Stores: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 2 Convenience Stores: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 3 Convenience Stores GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 4 Convenience Stores GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 5 Convenience Stores LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 6 Convenience Stores LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 7 Convenience Stores Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 8 Convenience Stores Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023

Retailing in China - Industry Overview

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Retailing maintains healthy growth in 2018
New retailing strategy gains prominence
Non-grocery retailers continue enjoying robust growth
Rural areas may be the next battleground for New Retail
Forecast growth to be stabilised

OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

Informal retailing
Opening hours
Summary 1 Standard Opening Hours by Channel Type
Physical retail landscape
Cash and carry
Seasonality
618 Shopping Festival
11.11 Shopping Festival
Payments and delivery
Emerging business models

MARKET DATA

Table 9 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2013-2018
Table 10 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 11 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 12 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 13 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 14 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 15 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 16 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 17 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 18 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 19 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 20 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 21 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 22 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 23 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 24 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 25 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 26 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 27 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 28 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 29 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 30 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 31 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 32 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 33 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 34 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 35 Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 36 Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 37 Store-based Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 38 Store-based Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 39 Store-based Retailing LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 40 Non-Store Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 41 Non-Store Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 42 Grocery Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 43 Grocery Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 44 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 45 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 46 Non-Grocery Specialists GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 47 Non-Grocery Specialists GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 48 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 49 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 50 Mixed Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 51 Mixed Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 52 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 53 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 54 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2018-2023
Table 55 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 56 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 57 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 58 Forecast Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 59 Forecast Store-Based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 60 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 61 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 62 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 63 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 64 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 65 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 66 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 67 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 68 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 69 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 70 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 71 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 72 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 73 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 74 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 75 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 76 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 77 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 78 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 79 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023

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