Japan news

18 June 2021
South Korean ecommerce giant Coupang has made its first international foray in neighboring Japan, a move that was supported by investor SoftBank. Offering its delivery service in Tokyo as a pilot project Coupang is testing its delivery service in selected locations in Tokyo. Same day delivery service will be available in the Nakanobu area as of this month. The company is now well establi...
02 June 2021
AEON has partnered with circular packaging startup Loop to sell products in refillable packs.  This launch across its 19 stores in Japan attempts to limit usage of single-use plastics in the country.    Sustainable and durable packaging: stainless steel or glass AEON is now encouraging its customers to avoid traditionally used disposable containers for the grocery items they consume daily. ...
20 April 2021
The convenience channel remains a great opportunity for growth. We have published a series of new reports for our IGD Retail Analysis subscribers: The convenience channel’s global outlook Global growth opportunities Multiformat retailers trading convenience stores Below are some of the key highlights to help you plan for the future... Use IGD’s view to drive change...
13 April 2021
Seven & i Holdings, Aeon and Lawson have posted their annual results for year ended February 28, 2021. Summary and our view 2020 was a very difficult year for Japan’s convenience industry. All of the leading retailers faced lower sales and customer visits. This was despite average basket size being larger than ever before. Returning to a growth trajectory is a priority for all convenience c...
12 April 2021
FamilyMart has opened several new convenience stores in Malaysia, the Philippines and Japan. We explain why each one is significant and what can be learned from FamilyMart. The first FamilyMart drive-through in Malaysia The pilot drive-through store is located at Berkeley Uptown, Klang, Selangor. Products such as oden (skewers of assorted items such as fish ball and tofu), bento, ice cream ...
12 April 2021
Japanese supermarket chain Daiei will launch an unmanned store in Tokyo, in collaboration with Chinese startup Cloudpick.  In addition, Rakuten and Seiyu are now also using robots to deliver supermarket purchases in Yokosuka City, Japan. Cost to implement Daiei’s store is 50% cheaper than similarly sized unmanned stores Daiei, an affiliate of AEON, will open this unmanned supermarket in Tok...
10 March 2021
Monthly data updates from 7-Eleven, Lawson and Ministop, focusing on sales, customer footfall and average customer spend in Japan.    Japan’s convenience channel shrinking For the fiscal year ending February 2021, all stores sales fell -2.8% at 7-Eleven, -8% at Lawson and -7.4% year-on-year (YoY) at Ministop. Driving differentiation and defining the role of the convenience store hav...
05 March 2021
Welcia-BHG Singapore is now selling more health and beauty products that are made in Japan.  The firm would like this focus on J-beauty to be its competitive advantage over other drugstores in Singapore. Tough 2020 for Welcia-BHG and plans for expansion in 2021 Welcia-BHG Singapore is a joint venture between AEON subsidiary Welcia Holdings and Chinese retailer Beijing Hualian Group (BHG).  ...
05 March 2021
Japanese retailer Ryohin Keikaku plans to significantly expand Muji’s grocery business by allocating 30% of space at its new stores to premium food and drinks. Growth in food sales at the end of 2020 Ryohin Keikaku’s September to November 2020 sales has increased by 69% to JPY12.2bn (US$115m) from the same period last year.  This is driven by 60% growth in grocery sales, which Muji attributes...
26 February 2021
Earlier this year, we outlined five global trends that will shape the convenience channel this year and beyond. Below are some case studies to show how convenience retail and technology are connecting further. Edeka opens automated store in Germany Edeka has opened a 24/7 automated convenience store at Renningens train station. ‘E 24/7 Karow & Sommer’ stocks 300 SKUs items and will gra...