Japan news

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...
21 January 2021
Amongst all modern retail channels, the impact of COVID-19 from a global perspective, has varied the most in convenience. The channel, however, continues to offer a massive opportunity for retailers and suppliers globally, benefiting from longer term consumption trends such as smaller households and more consumers shopping locally. With this in mind, we have identified five themes that we expect ...
21 January 2021
Seven & i Holdings, Aeon and Lawson have posted their Q3 results for the nine months ended November 30, 2020. Summary and our view On January 7, 2021, the Japanese government declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and three surrounding prefectures. The Q3 results do not reflect this latest announcement, the Christmas trading period, nor the recent snow storms, but show the continued negativ...
21 January 2021
To cope with fewer employees in its stores, Aeon Japan will introduce self-checkouts this year and it has also started using UV-based sanitisers for its shopping baskets. Cost to implement self-checkouts is less than 10% of Amazon’s system Aeon will increase self-checkout registers that can read prices of items that customers purchase, through their smartphone app.  This new system will sta...
08 January 2021
One of the most common questions I get asked by businesses, is how will my market develop over the next few years. While there remains uncertainty over what the next 12 months will look like, there is a strong sense of optimism that 2021 will be a year to rebuild, but also capitalise on the opportunities that have arisen in the ‘new normal’ across Asia. With this in mind, we have identified five ...