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The Mall Group Chairwoman Supaluck Umpujh speaks to the Nikkei Asian Review in Tokyo. (Photo by Keiichiro Sato)

Thailand's The Mall seeks partner to fend off Alibaba and Amazon

Tourists and sociable Thais keep chief upbeat as global players move in

ERWIDA MAULIA, Nikkei staff writer | Thailand

TOKYO -- The chairwoman of The Mall Group, Thailand's second-largest retailer, is on the lookout for a "strategic partner" to help fend off global e-commerce giants Alibaba Group Holding and in Southeast Asia.

Supaluck Umpujh on Wednesday told the Nikkei Global Management Forum in Tokyo that she feels "paranoid" about the situation, which she likened to "a third world war" -- brick-and-mortar stores on one side, and e-tailers on the other. At the same time, she stressed the importance of choosing allies wisely.

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