Retail Department operates the largest comprehensive bookstore chain
in Hong Kong, with a total of 1.8 million visits by customers per
month to its 15 retail shops (including a university bookstore).
Located throughout Hong Kong, these shops market a wide range of
quality books from all over the world.
Active expansion beyond the local market has resulted
in our department also owning retail shops in Mainland China, Singapore
and Malaysia, where books, magazines and stamps are sold, and a
subscription service is offered to overseas Chinese readers.
These retail shops are backed by a strong central purchasing team
of highly knowledgeable professionals who make frequent visits to
Mainland China, Taiwan, Europe and America, selecting high-quality
books to expand both the types of books sold and the number of titles
in stock. Their aim is to realize the department's goal of "finding
books for readers and readers for books".
The Commercial Press is currently the only bookstore
in the world in possession of the most complete database of Chinese
and English titles, covering all kinds of publications from around
the world. By using the SAP system and computerized management,
the company is now able to access accurate and up-to-date publishing
information and thus improve its inventory. All this helps us to
satisfy the demand for information and knowledge in the new century
by providing readers with the most suitable reading matter.
Our retail shops offer a wealth of books and publications
for all kinds of readers. The Causeway Bay Book Centre and the Star
House Book Centre alone, for instance, sell over 200,000 Chinese
and English titles each year. Other items on offer are magazines,
stationery and audiovisual products. Some bookstores even have a
philatelic corner where rare stamps and philatelic items from around
the world are sold to promote the healthy hobby of stamp collecting.
By organizing exhibitions on diverse themes and
hosting cultural gatherings in our bookstores, we hope to be a driving
force in both the promotion of reading in Hong Kong and the enhancement
of readers' interest in cultural and academic pursuits.