Japan news

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 ...
30 June 2020
FamilyMart will introduce a remote-controlled robot that will place products on shelves in its stores in Japan, according to Nikkei Asian Review. Driving efficiencies in-store FamilyMart will partner with robotics development company Telexistence to test the initiative next month at some FamilyMart stores in Tokyo. The robot will be remotely controlled by an operator using virtual rea...
25 June 2020
Between 1 st and 31 st August, customers that use self-checkout at Lawson Japan can earn reward points worth 2% of each purchase. Encouraging contact-free The initiative aims to encourage shoppers to self-checkout at Lawson stores. There has been growing customer demand for contact-free solutions following the outbreak of COVID-19. Aeon, for example, recently launched Regi Go checko...
19 June 2020
Shoppers at 7-Eleven in Japan can now use the retailer’s multi-function machines to purchase MS&AD Insurance Group's life insurance. How does it work? Customers can begin the process by applying on their smartphones or PCs partly. The sale is completed once the insurance fee is paid at the checkouts in-store. The two businesses have also set up call centres where licensed insurance employee...
19 June 2020
Japan’s three largest convenience stores, 7-Eleven, FamilyMart and Lawson, have stepped up their efforts to reduce the use of plastics. A mix of short, medium and long-term targets 7-Eleven is beginning to use paper packages for its cold bento boxed meal products. The retailer has already stopped using plastic films and covers for prepared food products, reducing plastic use by 10-25%. F...