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[New Crown Pneumonia] Japanese city parent company: Epidemic prevention products support business without layoff plan

2020-04-07T02:57:35.593Z

The epidemic of new coronavirus pneumonia has continued, and the cumulative number of cases in Hong Kong has exceeded 900, reaching 915. Many industries in Hong Kong have been hit hard. Wei Lixia, chairman and chief executive officer of Japan City ’s parent company International Home Furnishing Retail, said today (7th) on Metro Radio that the pneumonia epidemic in recent months has hit the overall retail industry like a fatal blow. . However, companies have to seize the timing of the epidemic situation, purchase masks, disinfectant and other epidemic prevention items, and selling such products supports the overall business. She also pointed out that the retail industry has always faced the problem of manpower shortage. Since the storm last year, the human resources pressure of its group has been alleviated, enough staff can be hired, and the group has no plan to lay off employees.



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Written by: Hou Cailin

2020-04-07 10:45

Last update date: 2020-04-07 10:45

The epidemic of new coronavirus pneumonia has continued, and the cumulative number of cases in Hong Kong has exceeded 900, reaching 915. Many industries in Hong Kong have been hit hard. Wei Lixia, chairman and chief executive officer of Japan City ’s parent company International Home Furnishing Retail, said today (7th) on Metro Radio that the pneumonia epidemic in recent months has hit the overall retail industry like a fatal blow. . However, companies have to seize the timing of the epidemic situation, purchase masks, disinfectant and other epidemic prevention items, and selling such products supports the overall business. She also pointed out that the retail industry has always faced the problem of manpower shortage. Since the storm last year, the human resources pressure of its group has been alleviated, enough staff can be hired, and the group has no plan to lay off employees.

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Wei Lixia, chairman and chief executive of International Home Furnishing Retail, said that in recent years, affected by high rents and high labor, the retail industry has struggled to operate, and the recent pneumonia epidemic has hit the overall retail industry as a fatal blow. However, international households have seized the timing of the epidemic situation and purchased masks, disinfectants, and other epidemic prevention items. Therefore, the sale of such products supports the overall business.

Wei Lixia also pointed out that the high rents in Hong Kong have been putting pressure on the industry for many years. During the epidemic, government agencies such as the MTR reduced rents by 50%, while other landlords also reduced rents by no more than 30%. She expected the owners to work through the industry together. She also pointed out that the retail industry has always faced the problem of shortage of manpower. Since the storm of the previous year, the pressure on the human resources of its group has been alleviated. It can hire enough manpower and the group has no plan to lay off employees.

Wei Lixia said that the group has several brands, including Japantown, which sells daily necessities, and 123 By Ella, which sells personal accessories and beauty products. Wei Lixia said that the group will expand its brands and transform into a convenience-life comprehensive store to sell consumable products. At the same time, it will continue to develop online shopping and use offline resources to support online shopping.

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