South Korean Beauty Giant Shifts to North American Market After Abandoning China

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South Korean beauty manufacture giant, Amorepacific, has turned to the North American marketplace and achieved singular results aft drafting itself retired of a downturn successful the Chinese market.

Amorepacific said connected July 21 that the institution reaped its biggest benefits from Prime Day, the largest yearly discount income lawsuit for members of Amazon’s paid services that was held July 12-13, Korean quality media reported.

Since the opening of this year, Amorepacific has focused connected processing its online and offline income channels successful the United States, spearheaded by its large brands specified arsenic Laneige, Sulwhasoo, and Innisfree.

Laneige led the battalion successful the quality and idiosyncratic attraction class during Prime Day and was besides selected arsenic the best-selling brand, and Sulwhasoo sold retired of each the products prepared for the event.

In March and April, Sulwhasoo and Laneige were officially launched connected Amazon, expanding their online income reach. In addition, Sulwhasoo entered 51 Sephora stores successful March, and Innisfree has besides expanded successful Sephora and Kohl’s to much than 490 stores.

In North America, Amorepacific’s income accrued by 60 percent successful the archetypal 4th from the aforesaid play successful 2021.

China Market Problems

South Korean cosmetics relied heavy connected the Chinese marketplace successful past years, with Amorepacific’s stock of cosmetics income successful China making up astir 70 percent of each overseas sales.

Epoch Times Photo A pistillate checks retired the lipsticks astatine a section store successful Shanghai, Aug. 16, 2004. (LiuJin/AFP via Getty Images)

However, Amorepacific had been losing its stock of the Chinese marketplace since 2017 erstwhile Beijing imposed economical retaliations connected South Korea for its deployment of the U.S.-made Terminal High Altitude Area Defense oregon THAAD anti-ballistic rocket systems.

Meanwhile, Sulwhasoo and IOPE Air Cushion instauration were eyed arsenic main targets for copycats successful China, portion section brands besides had much attraction with their low-price advantages.

In addition, the Chinese Communist Party’s lengthy Zero-COVID argumentation has weakened the country’s system and added to the plight of overseas companies.

In response, Amorepacific has drastically chopped backmost connected its marque stores successful China. When it was each the rage successful the Chinese market, Amorepacific had a highest of implicit 1,280 stores arsenic of 2019, earlier the COVID outbreak, The Korea Herald reported connected Dec. 16, 2021.

In 2021, Amorepacific’s Innisfree stores successful China shrunk from 610 to 280 and volition beryllium reduced to lone 140 this year. Amorepacific’s different brands Etude House, HERA, and IOPE unopen down each of their offline stores successful China past year, the Chosun Ilbo reported connected Dec. 15, 2021.

Amorepacific’s overseas part reported a 6.1 percent driblet successful gross and a 19.5 percent alteration successful operating nett for the archetypal 4th of this year, driven by a income diminution successful China. according to Korean quality media connected April 28.

Asia was the slowest increasing portion successful presumption of revenue, with China’s gross declining by astir 10 percent successful the October-December 4th past year, according to Amorepacific’s 2021 fiscal report.

Lisa Bian


Lisa Bian is simply a Korea-based writer for The Epoch Times focusing connected Korean society, its culture, and planetary relations.