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Convenience Stores Optimistic on Future Prospects

Convenience store operator Shanghai Lawson Inc opened six new stores on Aug 8 in Wuhu, Anhui province-the first city the brand entered other than the provincial capital Hefei since its debut in the province in 2018.


Over the past two years, the brand has opened 64 stores in Hefei. Thanks to its expansion model based on franchising, Lawson aims to open an additional 100 stores in Hefei and Wuhu as well as Maanshan, also in Anhui, by the end of this year.


Lawson’s new stores were in line with the 4,746 new store openings for all convenience store brands across China seen in the first half, the China Chain Store & Franchise Association (CCFA) and KPMG said in a report on Wednesday.


The report also said total revenue for all convenience stores in China last year rose 13 percent to 255.6 billion yuan ($37.0 billion).


Convenience stores in China continue to penetrate into smaller cities, said another CCFA report-China Urban Convenience Store Index.


The index surveyed convenience stores in 36 cities around the country and determined saturation levels, expansion rates, ratio of 24-hour stores and business environments. The top five cities ranked by their index level in terms of business friendliness toward the convenience store sector were Xiamen, Fujian province; Taiyuan, Shanxi province; Dongguan, Guangdong province; Changsha, Hunan province; and Beijing.


Meanwhile, the report found that the development of convenience stores in various cities showed a vast disparity due to geography, climate, economic and consumption factors. Convenience stores are expected to gain more momentum in second and third-tier cities, boosted by rising consumption levels in these urban areas. Soaring rents and labor costs in first-tier cities have further raised operating pressure.


CCFA’s top 100 list of convenience stores in China 2020 based on store numbers was released in June this year. Sinopec’s Easy Joy, MYJ and CNPC-operated uSmile stores are the top three players, with each having more than 20,000 stores. Tianfu, Family Mart and Lawson comprise the next three.


The Ministry of Commerce issued a circular in July to stimulate the development of convenience stores to boost domestic consumption.


The circular, released by the Ministry of Commerce, said the three-year action plan encourages developing branding and expanding store networks, and pushes for the total number of convenience stores in China to reach 300,000 outlets by 2022 from 132,000 at the end of last year. The circular has urged the sector to focus on expanding store numbers, accelerating digitalization and building a smart supply chain.


CCFA found that the majority of convenience stores (about 70 key convenience store brands they sampled since the beginning of the year) have prioritized digital operations this year by pumping more investment into this area. About 85.2 percent of stores have plans to launch online orders, about 67.4 percent are test-phasing delivery services while 88.6 percent are developing methods to divert online traffic to in-store traffic, where customers typically purchase more.


In addition to Lawson’s strengths as an established Japanese operator of convenience stores, the store said they also have an advantage in merchandise, particularly in perishable foods and desserts. Perishable foods make up 40 percent of sales.


Their merchandise is updated based on popularity among consumers, with 12-15 percent of items sold in stores regularly replaced to maintain competitiveness. For example, Lawson has joined hands with Yurun Group Ltd to customize products among its fresh food selections, such as smaller-sized packaging of merchandise.


In addition to East China, Lawson plans to add more than 60 convenience stores in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region in the second half of this year to reach a total of over 200 stores in the region. Currently, there are more than 2,700 Lawson convenience stores across China.

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Checks of Imported Frozen Food Redoubled

    Wuhu, Anhui province has banned sales of all imported cold-chain food after reporting a positive coronavirus test on frozen shrimp imported from Ecuador, Wuhu Daily reported on Tuesday.


    The packaging of the shrimp tested positive for coronavirus on Aug 11 after being collected from a local restaurant.


    The ban took effect on Monday even though 5,173 samples tested since Aug 11 were all negative, according to the report. Those samples came from food, the environment and people.


    Testing of everyone working in the frozen food import sector in the city was completed by Monday, with no positive result.


    Sales of the imported frozen food products were banned, and such products found in the city would be destroyed, the report quoted the city’s pandemic control office as saying.


    Meanwhile, Dalian, Liaoning province, which has also found coronavirus in recent weeks, urged all cold-chain food production enterprises, markets, businesses trading in aquatic products and meat and catering services to carry out tests of all related personnel, materials and environment, an official said at a news conference on Tuesday.


    Every shipment of imported aquatic products and meat should be tested before storage, and every shipment should be tested before leaving the factory, the official said, adding that related employees and environments should be tested every two weeks in Dalian.


    As a port city, Dalian processes a large volume of cold food for import and export, and there are many places for production, processing, storage and trade in the city, said Wang Wentao, deputy director of the city’s market supervisory bureau.


    To further strengthen the prevention and control of coronavirus infections in the cold-chain food sector, Dalian vowed to ensure that such food is traceable and that it would prevent products of unknown origin or risk of contamination from entering the market.


    Previously, the Ningxia Hui autonomous region banned imports of seafood and other meats starting on July 23.


    Tian Fengnian, a health expert and director of the region’s command office for COVID-19 pandemic control, said people do not need to panic over the recent reports of positive test results on imported cold-chain food across the country.


    Authorities in Wuhu said the city remains a low-risk area for COVID-19 and reminded residents to continue personal protective measures including wearing a mask.

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Construction of Rail Transit Line 2 in Wuhu Railway Station Section Gets Improved in Quality and Speed

As the only underground project of Wuhu rail transit at present, the construction of Wuhu Railway Station section of the first phase of Line 2 has been improved in quality and speed. On August 10, the project progress, of which the total length is 1.67 kilometers , has exceeded nearly 80 percent. The construction of Wuhu Railway Station section has entered the stage of comprehensive renovation, and the entire underground project is expected to be completed within this year.


 According to the reports, Wuhu Railway Station site is an underground 2 level station, 166 meters in length and 3,700 square meters of building area. At present, the site has entered the stage of electromechanical equipment installation and internal decoration. Through the reserved channel, the station can quickly connect to the exit of Wuhu Railway Station, the drop-off platform and the bus hub of Station East Road. After its completion and operation, passengers can realize seamless transfer among rail transit, high-speed railway and city buses. In addition, the station is currently the only enclosed station of Wuhu rail transit system, with constant temperature and humidity all year round. At that time, citizens and passengers travel experience will refresh again.


 


                                                        Translated by Yuan Mengwen from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

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Municipal Government Identified A Number of Demonstration Enterprises and Industrial Zones with Harmonious Labor Relations

After the independent declaration of the enterprise, the preliminary examination of the County or District Labor Relations Coordination Tripartite Committee, the re-examination and publicity of the municipal labor relations coordination Tripartite Committee, 202 enterprises have been awarded the title of “Demonstration Enterprises of Harmonious Labor Relations in Wuhu city”. The title of “Wuhu Harmonious Labor Relations Demonstration Zone” was given to Wuhu High-tech Industrial Development Zone and Anhui Xinwu Economic Development Zone.


In recent years, the majority of enterprises and industrial zones in Wuhu have earnestly implemented the decisions and arrangements of party committees and governments at all levels on building harmonious labor relations. Active efforts have been made and positive results have been achieved. It is the first time for our city to carry out the evaluation and confirmation of municipal harmonious labor relations demonstration enterprises and zones this year. Wuhu Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau will give incentives to the municipal demonstration enterprises and demonstration zones in the near future and promote and publicize the typical experience and practices of enterprises in building harmonious labor relations through online and offline media, on-site observation and study, symposiums and other forms.

                                                       Translated by Yuan Mengwen from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

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Wuhu County’s Aviation Town Listed in the Top 50 Characteristic Town in China

Recently, the Planning Department of the National Development and Reform Commission officially released the “Report on development index of small towns with Chinese characteristics in 2020″, among which Wuhu Countys aviation town was listed in the top 50.


Wuhu Countys aviation town is located in the southeast of Wuhu Aviation Industrial Park. With a total planning area of 3.49 square kilometers, the town closely centers on the main business of general aviation and explores the characteristic development path of “aviation-themed life and aviation-oriented life scene”. It was aimed to build a comprehensive demonstration benchmark of the general aviation industry in China and an innovative development model of the international aviation town. 


It is reported that the list given is fully followed modern statistical index and comprehensive evaluation theory and method. On the basis of scientific index system and online public opinion data, via measuring the index model, development index of small towns with Chinese characteristics was figured out. And on this basis, the small towns with Chinese characteristics were ranked, which formed the top 50 list.

                                                         Translated by Yuan Mengwen from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

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The Test Flight of AE300 Aero-engine Has Been a Huge Success

At 16:00 on August 5, in Sanyuan General Airport of Wuhu, with a roar of engines, the Diamond Dual-engine four-seater aircraft of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) carried by the AE300 engine produced by Wuhu Diamond Aero Engine Co. Ltd.(WDAE) landed smoothly, which marked the successful test flight of the Chinese domestic AE300 engine.




It is reported that the successfully tested AE300 aero-engine obtained the production license issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China in November 2019. In May 2020, the first airworthy domestic AE300 engine was successfully delivered to the CETC Wuhu Diamond Aircraft Manufacture Co., LTD. Lasted for nearly three months, The engine successively completed the test tasks of static verification, ground test, taxiing and data comparison of left and right engine. Through relevant verification, it has been fully proved that the performance indexes of domestic AE300 engine are comparable to those of foreign aircraft engines of the same type. 




The successful test flight of AE300 engine marks the initial success of Wuhu aviation industry in the development of navigable piston engine.

                                                         

                                                         Translated by Yuan Mengwen from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

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Shangqiu-Hefei-Hangzhou High-speed Railway Delivers 1.565 Million Passengers on Its First Month

According to China Railway Shanghai Group, by July 28, the section from Hefei to Huzhou of Shangqiu-Hefei-Hangzhou High-speed Railway has been in operation for a month. Ridership on the new line is rising steadily, sending 1.565 million passengers a month, which shows the effect of high-speed railway network. It facilitates travel of passengers in urban agglomerations along the route, and shows the effect of the new high-speed railway in summer appears as well.




On June 28, the Section from Hefei to Huzhou of Shangqiu-Hefei-Hangzhou High-speed Railway has been first put into operation. The line connects Nanjing to Hangzhou high-speed railway via Huzhou Station. From then on, Shangqiu-Hefei-Hangzhou High-speed Railway has been totally completed and three provinces, Henan, Anhui and Zhejiang, have achieved seamless connection, further improving the high-speed railway transport network in both the central and eastern regions of China and also effectively releasing the huge pressure of passenger flow of The Beijing-Shanghai High-speed Railway. This high-speed railway is of great significance to promote the rise of the central region of China and the integrated development of Yangtze River Delta.




Since Hefei-Huzhou section of Shangqiu-Hefei-Hangzhou High-speed Railway opened a month ago, there have been increasing passenger flows for both short and long distances. From June 28 to June 30, Heifei-Huzhou section has been in the transitional period for the formal operation. The railway department has arranged 8 pairs of EMU trains for daily operation, including 3 pairs from Hefei South Station to Hangzhou East Station, 3 pairs from Hefei South Station to Xuancheng South Station, and 2 pairs from Wuhu Station to Hangzhou East Station. After July 1, trains are scheduled to operate differently in the daily line, weekly line and peak-time line, and the number of operating EMU trains pairs per day can rise up to 60.5 .




 Hefei-Huzhou section of Shangqiu-Hefei-Hangzhou High-speed Railway is connected with Shangqiu-Hefei section of Beijing-Hongkong High-speed Railway, which means the high-speed railway from Shangqiu to Hangzhou is fully completed. It is more convenient for people living along the route to travel around the country by railway. Passengers can take high-speed trains to Hangzhou, Ningbo and other places from their hometowns directly, taking less than half of time of normal trains. Now it only takes 45 minutes from Wuhu to Hefei by high-speed railway, and the fastest time from Wuhu to Xuancheng, Anji, Huzhou, Hangzhou is 28, 46, 64 and 81 minutes respectively.

Translated by Yuan Mengwen from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

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Shangqiu-Hefei-Hangzhou High-speed Railway Delivers 1.565 Million Passengers in Its First Month

According to China Railway Shanghai Group, by July 28, the section from Hefei to Huzhou of Shangqiu-Hefei-Hangzhou High-speed Railway has been in operation for a month. Ridership on the new line is rising steadily, sending 1.565 million passengers a month, which shows the effect of high-speed railway network. It facilitates travel of passengers in urban agglomerations along the route, and shows the effect of the new high-speed railway in summer appears as well.




On June 28, the Section from Hefei to Huzhou of Shangqiu-Hefei-Hangzhou High-speed Railway has been first put into operation. The line connects Nanjing to Hangzhou high-speed railway via Huzhou Station. From then on, Shangqiu-Hefei-Hangzhou High-speed Railway has been totally completed and three provinces, Henan, Anhui and Zhejiang, have achieved seamless connection, further improving the high-speed railway transport network in both the central and eastern regions of China and also effectively releasing the huge pressure of passenger flow of The Beijing-Shanghai High-speed Railway. This high-speed railway is of great significance to promote the rise of the central region of China and the integrated development of Yangtze River Delta.




Since Hefei-Huzhou section of Shangqiu-Hefei-Hangzhou High-speed Railway opened a month ago, there have been increasing passenger flows for both short and long distances. From June 28 to June 30, Heifei-Huzhou section has been in the transitional period for the formal operation. The railway department has arranged 8 pairs of EMU trains for daily operation, including 3 pairs from Hefei South Station to Hangzhou East Station, 3 pairs from Hefei South Station to Xuancheng South Station, and 2 pairs from Wuhu Station to Hangzhou East Station. After July 1, trains are scheduled to operate differently in the daily line, weekly line and peak-time line, and the number of operating EMU trains pairs per day can rise up to 60.5 .




 Hefei-Huzhou section of Shangqiu-Hefei-Hangzhou High-speed Railway is connected with Shangqiu-Hefei section of Beijing-Hongkong High-speed Railway, which means the high-speed railway from Shangqiu to Hangzhou is fully completed. It is more convenient for people living along the route to travel around the country by railway. Passengers can take high-speed trains to Hangzhou, Ningbo and other places from their hometowns directly, taking less than half of time of normal trains. Now it only takes 45 minutes from Wuhu to Hefei by high-speed railway, and the fastest time from Wuhu to Xuancheng, Anji, Huzhou, Hangzhou is 28, 46, 64 and 81 minutes respectively.

Translated by Yuan Mengwen from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

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Wuhu’s Experience of Increasing Citizens’ Income is Approved and Popularized by Department of Human Resources and Social Security of Anhui Province

From the beginning of this year, facing with the impact that COVID-19 has brought to the increasing of citizens’ income,  Department of Human Resources and Social Security of Wuhu positively functioned as the role of joint conference office, which has adopted a series of policies to increase the employment rate and help enterprises return to produce and work. These measures built a stable foundation for ensuring the accomplishment of “A season of struggle, a year of happiness” goal, which won approval and praise from Department of Human Resources and Social Security of Anhui Province.




It is reported that the provincial department of human resources and social security has collected and summarized experience and methods of increasing citizens’ income from Wuhu, Hefei, Bengbu, Chuzhou, Luan and Xuancheng. It has published The Notification of Printing and Distributing The Practice and Experience of Increasing Urban Residents’ Income throughout the province for the reference of all municipalities. Coordinating duties and goals to help the improvement of citizens’ income be achieved orderly would be the next step for Wuhu administration. Wuhu City will manage to make new breakthroughs in this field.

Translated by Yuan Mengwen from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

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Top 10 Chinese Automakers Ranked for H1 2020

The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers released its list of the top 10 Chinese automakers based on their sales in the first half of this year on Monday, with a total of 4.36 million vehicles sold, accounting for 84.53 percent of the total sales of Chinese brands.


The top 10 automakers include SAIC, Changan Automobile, Geely, Dongfeng Motor, FAW, BAIC, Great Wall Motors, Chery, JAC and China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Corp.


The top 10 Chinese commercial vehicle makers in sales are JMC, SAIC Maxus, Foton Motor, Changan Automobile, Zhengzhou Yutong Group, Nanjing Iveco, King Long United Automotive, Golden Dragon, Zhong Tong Bus and Renault Brilliance, with their sales reaching 152,600 vehicles from January to June and accounting for 84.59 percent of total bus sales, the association said.


During the first half of the year, China’s auto production and sales stood at 10.11 million units and 10.26 million units, down 16.8 percent and 16.9 percent year on year respectively.


The association said the long-term stable trend of the automobile industry is unchanged, although the market suffered losses due to the COIVD-19 epidemic in the first half of the year.


Moreover, the figures came in better than expected, showing the auto market is recovering. As measures to boost car consumption continue to prop up the market, the market will keep improving, the association said.

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