Japan news

28 September 2020
In response to more consumers staying at home, retailers in Japan are investing more in their online grocery offer. Convenience stores expanding into delivery In May 2020, Lawson expanded the scope of stores offering the Uber Eats food delivery service to include some stores in 10 prefectures across Japan. Lawson started offering the delivery service in August 2019, initially within Tokyo. ...
04 September 2020
Japan’s anti-monopoly regulators are encouraging convenience store chains to provide franchises the option to reduce store trading hours. 24 hours trading a hot topic In a report by the Fair Trade Commission, it said, "We indicated that it could be a problem under the anti-monopoly laws. We requested immediate improvements and asked that improvements be reported to us." The commission war...
20 August 2020
Aeon has confirmed the site for the first Ocado Customer Fulfilment Centre in Japan. It will serve customers in Chiba province and the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. A first step to go live in 2023 The first Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) will be located in Honda-cho, Midori-ku, Chiba-city. The CFC can hold a large range of approximately 50,000 products. It operates 24 hours, with picking opera...
19 August 2020
FamilyMart Japan has appointed Hikaru Adachi as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Effective from October 1 Adachi will report directly to the President, Takashi Sawada. The role will be effective from October 1. Adachi will be responsible for FamilyMart’s product planning and sales strategy. He is known to have turned around McDonalds’ performance in Japan. Want to know more? Read more...
06 August 2020
In its Q3 2019/20 results, Metro reported a 17.5% decrease in like-for-like (LFL) sales, compared to the previous year, driven by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its negative impacts on the hospitality sector. However, as of July this year, Metro noted that sales had recovered to the previous year’s level in its Hotels, restaurants and catering (HoReCa) division. Germany: like-for-like...
28 July 2020
Japan’s three largest convenience chains, 7-Eleven, FamilyMart and Lawson will test a joint delivery and logistics solution in a bid to reduce the number of delivery trucks on the roads. One week trial in Tokyo Jiji Press reports that the joint transport solution will be for confectionery and beverage products. Products will be gathered at a joint logistics centre, then distributed to 40 st...
14 July 2020
Japanese trading house Itochu has signalled its intent to take full ownership of the FamilyMart convenience store chain. A deal will cost US$5.4 bn It is estimated that the total cost of buyout will be around JPY580 bn (US$5.4 bn). Itochu already holds 50.1% of FamilyMart business and is predicted to take the company private should the bid succeed. Itochu says the joining of the two busi...
09 July 2020
Japan's four largest retailers, Seven & i Holdings, Aeon, FamilyMart and Lawson, have posted their Q1 results for the three months from March 1 to May 31, 2020. Summary and our view The big four’s Q1 results show the sheer impact of COVID-19 has had on trading in Japan. The period saw a declaration of a state of emergency in Japan from April into May, temporary closure of various facilities...
02 July 2020
Like many markets around the world, Japan has seen a surge in demand for online grocery following the outbreak of COVID-19. Online grocery adoption increasing COVID-19 has changed some long-established shopping habits, e.g. daily shopping trips. At the start of the pandemic, fear of product shortages and empty shelves in-store may have encouraged shoppers to explore alternative shopping cha...
02 July 2020
We round up the latest COVID-19 related news from Japan as retailers respond to changes in consumer trends and government policies. 1 July - plastic bag charge now mandatory On 1 July, the government made plastic bag fees mandatory across the country. Matsumoto KiYoshi and some other businesses such as Aeon had already been charging fees for plastic bags  since April . 25 May state of ...