A Daiso store in Japan
|Founded||December 1977Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japanin|
Number of locations
|3,150 domestic; 1,900 overseas|
|Asia, Oceania, North America, Central America, Brazil, Africa|
|Hirotake Yano (President)|
Daiso has a range of over 100,000 products, of which over 40 percent are imported goods, many of them from China. Many of their products are house-hold items such as kitchenware and cleaning products. Daiso has locations in 25 countries and regions worldwide.
Daiso often uses such locations as previous pachinko parlours for its retail outlets. They spend a lot of money on shelving and fixtures to help the stores compete with more high-end retailers. The stock of items retailed at each shop is varied frequently in order to increase repeat customers.
Daiso categorizes all of its own branded items on sale using the morpheme za (ザ), the Japanese representation of the English word "the", plus a category. For example, za hanabi (ザ・花火) is the category for fireworks, and za purasuchikku (ザ・プラスチック) is the category for plastic items such as plastic buckets or trays.
In 2004, Daiso started selling items priced at multiples of 100 yen, such as 200, 300, 400 or 500 yen.
Daiso has 2,800 stores in Japan, and 700 stores overseas in Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, and Vietnam.
Number of Daiso stores, as of 20 April 2017.
The first Daiso store opened up in Abbotsford, Victoria in 2010, selling thousands of items at a flat rate of $2.80. Since then it has expanded to twelve stores in New South Wales, eleven in Queensland, two in South Australia and ten in Victoria. The stores range from 133 m2 (1,430 sq ft) to 1,200 m2 (13,000 sq ft) (Central Park store), which is currently the largest in Australia. Almost every item is AUD $2.80, or US$2.15, except for a small range of products (5% of total range) that is sold at varying prices from $3 to $15.
Daiso's main store in Bahrain is located at Dasman Center, Manama, and spans 2 floors. It has been in operation since 2005. Daiso also runs a smaller outlet at Ramli Mall, A'ali. As of 2007, most products cost BHD 0.600, or US$1.58.
In December 2003, Daiso opened a 2,400 m2 (26,000 sq ft) store in Aberdeen Centre, in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. Most items sold in the store (Daiso products plus a small selection of Japanese foods and beverages) are CAD $2 each, or US$1.54. "This store is to be our springboard to launch Daiso's operations across North America," said Roy Fujita, director of the company's international division.
On August 16, 2019, Daiso Canada website announced it has ceased operating as Daiso and rebranded as OOMOMO. According to the announcement, OOMOMO is now a collaboration of Fairchild Group with SERIA, Cou Cou, and other Japanese brands.
There are three locations of Daiso Japan in Cambodia. All products are priced at about US$1.90. As of 2018, its new name in Cambodia is ”DAISO JAPAN Life Coordinates Store”.
There are 3 locations in Israel as of now:
All products are priced at RM 5.90, or US$1.37 GST-inclusive. The price increase from RM 5.30 to the current price was effective from March 1, 2017. The price temporarily reduced to RM 5.57 since there is no longer GST implemented in Malaysia, but returned to RM 5.90 again because of SST (Sales and Services Tax) that was effective from September 1, 2018.
Daiso Korea owns 1,150 stores across the country, which was established in 1992 as the Daiso-Asung Corporation. Working in cooperation with Daiso Japan in 2001 (until 2011), the chain has proliferated over the last 10 years by using a low cost-high quality strategy. Each store stocks over 30,000 items and most are under 1,000 won, or 0.91. Daiso has an online shopping mall that allows people to purchase the same items at home.
In 2011 and 2014, Daiso Korea announced that they are no longer part of Daiso Japan; they claim that Daiso Japan was trying to promote Liancourt Rocks, as part of Japan. Daiso Korea confirmed that they were not selling the products Daiso Japan was selling and that they were acting as a different company.
Daiso Korea has a unique logo compared to the rest of the Daiso Corporation. The modified logo is used inside the country to rebrand itself as a more modern company and to show its break-off from Daiso Japan.
On October 2, 2005, the first store in the United States opened for business in Alderwood Mall located in Lynnwood, Washington near Seattle, WA. This store is much smaller at only 442 square meters (approx. 4,750 square feet), and items were originally one of three prices, $1, $1.50, & $2 (all USD). The current inventory now includes packaged food and items are now priced up to $8, though most items are at the $1.50 price point.
There are 77 stores in the United States, with more being built: seven are in Washington, 8 are in Texas, and 59 in California. The largest U.S. Daiso is located in Union City, California, which has 17,760 square foot (1,650 square meters) of floor space and opened on August 8, 2007.
In June 2017 Daiso was forced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to recall 165 products in Australia. These included toys which pose a choking hazard or could cause injury and beauty products with unknown ingredients.
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