Inside a forgotten cabinet underneath my computer table resides heaps of CDs and DVDs. They are stacked neatly into groups of software, games and movies. I haven't visited these disks in a long while and going through them, I find odd offerings like a Hindi-dubbed version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and a South Korean film Ditto. Obscure games like 'Hydrophobia' and 'Great Battles of Rome' stand out from multi-disk packs of more recent and popular games like 'GTA V' and 'Max Payne'. These are DVDs collected over a span of many years-many bought, many borrowed. Today, even if I wanted to partake in the digital offerings of these disks, I wouldn't be able to because my computer has long since abandoned disk support, with data transfers solely designated to more modern digital mediums like pen drives and external hard disks. For the CDs and DVDs I needed, I frequented a few stores in Mahaboudha. And that is why one day I decided to take a trip down there, a … [Read more...] about CD and DVD stores were once thriving. Not anymore.
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Giant home retailer Wilcon Depot mapped another provincial store in Opol, Misamis Oriental. The newest retail store, which opened its doors to customers on July 12, 2019, is Wilcon’s second home in the province. Wilcon Depot first entered the province in September 2017 and established its first store in Cagayan De Oro City. To date, Wilcon Depot Opol is the 37th provincial branch nationwide, and its seventh branch in the Mindanao region. “Our goal is to strategically reach all the key cities and localities nationwide. With Opol being an important gateway of 2 key cities: Iligan and CDO, we have seen the potential for the immense growth of Opol, and we are excited and proud to be one of the first movers of this progressing municipality,” said Wilcon Depot President and Chief Executive Officer Lorraine Belo-Cincochan during the grand opening celebration. Having two locations in Misamis Oriental, the newest Wilcon outlet is a must-visit home shopping destination … [Read more...] about Wilcon Depot opens second store in Misamis Oriental
In Myanmar, rental book shops are one such casualty. A rental book store is a place where people can rent books, much like a library. Unlike conventional libraries, which allow people to borrow books for free, the rental book shop operates more like a private business. People pay a small fee to borrow books, magazines and comics. Rental book shops played an important role in keeping Myanmar literary traditions popular, giving people access to many authors. Before 2000 there were almost two book rental stores in each ward. They were just like a small university for book lovers. With the appearance of internet cafes in the early 2000s, the role of the rental shop slowly began to decline. VCD film vendors and recording artists had competition from YouTube, and Myanmar books began to appear on the internet too. Now, anyone with a smart phone can access a PDF version of a Myanmar classic novel or historical book. As the numbers of renters declined, rental shop revenues … [Read more...] about Htin Paw, the last surviving rental book store in Sanchaung?
MUMBAI (BLOOMBERG) - Mukesh Ambani, Asia's richest man, sealed another deal to expand his retail footprint and add heft in a battle with Amazon.com and Walmart in India. Reliance Brands Ltd agreed to purchase the 259-year-old British toy store chain Hamleys from C Banner International Holdings Ltd for an undisclosed amount, the unit of Ambani's Reliance Industries said in a statement late on Thursday (May 9). The transaction would "catapult Reliance Brands to be a dominant player in the global toy retail industry," it said. The acquisition is the latest in a string of purchases in Ambani's push into the consumer business, which he says will contribute nearly as much as to the conglomerate's total earnings as its core energy business by the end of 2028. Adding Hamleys would give Reliance 167 stores across 18 countries. The company is already a master franchisee of the toy store in India, where it operates 88 outlets. For Hong Kong-listed C Banner, the sale would mark a retreat from the … [Read more...] about Asia’s richest man buys iconic British toy store chain Hamleys
LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON: Amazon's promise of one-day shipping threatens to upend the retail sector, but its rivals’ physical stores give the likes of Walmart and Target powerful assets that Amazon itself is scrambling to match.Amazon.com Inc, seeking to stem slowing sales growth, is plowing US$800 million this quarter alone into its next-day package delivery project, something even Walmart Inc, the world's biggest retailer, will be hard-pressed to duplicate.But there is another battle brewing behind the scenes, with Amazon racing to reproduce the assets of the businesses it aims to upend. The move to expedite shipping is a sign of growing pressure from such brick-and-mortar competitors, experts said.The e-commerce giant, which has a mixed record with brick-and-mortar retail projects, is racing to open shops that sell top-selling items ranging from books to cell phones; rolling out same-day curbside grocery pickup – a service popular with time-crunched suburban Walmart and … [Read more...] about Amazon speeds up shipping, but rivals’ stores buck its challenge