PM DEMANDS ENQUIRY OVER THE BIG COMPANIES
Prayut Chan Ocha demands an enquiry over the high street corporate store, BIG C as they are progressing to grow their new mobile shop, ‘Mini C (Mobile)’
The PM Prime Minister Prayut Chan Ocha has instructed the Ministry of Commerce to take a close look at Big C mobile grocery stores whether the practice is legal or not.
The prime minister said today (Tuesday) that the government had a policy to support small retail businesses and protect the mobile grocery stores of small retailers.
He admitted that the government had a lot of things to do every day and might have overlooked the issue regarding the Big C mobile grocery stores.
The recent emergence of yellow-painted pickup trucks serving as mobile grocery stores of Big C Super Store has provoked widespread mix reactions, with many saying that that the Big C mobile grocery stores would wipe out the mobile stores run by small entrepreneurs and local stores. Critics also said that there was no need for a giant corporation to compete with small retailers which is unfair.
Others, however, said that Thailand is a free market economy and Big C is giving another option for the consumers. However, that is not within the article as the minister has already proclaimed “The government has a policy to support small retail business and protect the mobile grocery stores of small retailers”
What does this mean to local shopkeepers who struggle to beat local competition, not to mention large corporations coming in mobile vans selling cheaper goods !!
We spoke with 38 year old Fah, who took over the family business in Udon Thani which has been in her family for 47 years. She told us “We struggle already trying to get local business, I know people can drive to Tesco Lotus or to BIg C for their big shopping but we rely on our local community to come to us to buy in between smaller or one off items”. We asked her how the introduction of these mini C vans will affect her business, she replied “Mini C will come with low prices, I think it is a long term plan to take our business so we close and more people then are compelled to visit their bigger stores because the local independent shops have closed” She continued “Our Prime minster is right in ordering an enquiry with the trade office, it is not fair to us and we cannot afford a loss of business to the big stores, my family struggle now with our small amount of customers, we do not make much money with profit and cannot afford to lose customers”
BIG C ARE NOT ALONE IN SQUEEZING SMALL BUSINESSES
BIG C’ introducing Mini C, of course are not the corporate company to step in on local businesses, another name comes to our attention doing the same, the coffee outlet AMAZON COFFEE, are doing just the same with their mobile vans heading out to remote areas.
COFFEE SHOPS ARE A GROWING BUSINESS
Coffee is a growing business in Thailand and small independent coffee shops are popping up even in villages. Our recent visit to Amphoe Nam Som, we found 5 dedicated coffee shops, all independent family run businesses.
INDEPENDENT COFFEE SHOPS
We sampled coffee at one of them called ‘My Home Coffee‘ who have recently just expanded their business into new bigger premises in Nam Som. My Home Coffee, is an independent family run business who offer freshly prepared coffee, hot and cold, refrigerated sliced cakes (all very nice) ice teas and hand crafted Birthday cakes.
There’s is nothing stopping ‘AMAZON COFFEE’ stopping right outside My Home Coffee, serving cheaper coffee, apart from My Home Coffee, is actually cheaper than Amazon Coffee, but of course tourists would probably hit a well known brand, more so than an unknown brand.
My Home Coffee by the way deserve a mention because the cakes were awesome, here they are on FACEBOOK
PM Prayuth Chan-Ocha has made a good decision to order this investigation, buy local and support independent shops, they struggle enough, without more pressure from the big companies.
‘SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FAMILY RUN BUSINESSES’