Japan news

09 August 2019
Japanese railway firm JR East is set to open its first unstaffed, cashless NewDays convenience store at its Musashisakai Station in Tokyo, Japan. How will it work? There will be self-checkout counters for shoppers to scan product barcodes. Cash payments and age-restricted products will not be available. Like other unstaffed stores around the world, products at the NewDays store will be rest...
22 July 2019
Philippine Seven Corp (PSC), the exclusive local licensee of 7-Eleven convenient stores, plans to open 300 new stores in 2019. Will hit 3,000 stores by end of 2019 The retailer continues to expand its franchise operations. The 300 new store openings will bring the total store count to 3,000 by end of 2019, on track with its plan announced in 2018 . A third of these 300 stores will be i...
11 July 2019
Seven-Eleven Japan has opened 14 stores in Okinawa today (11 July 2019), the only Japanese prefecture where the retailer's presence is missing. Increasing competition in Okinawa… The 14 new stores that have opened today are mainly concentrated in the southern part of the prefecture's main Okinawa Island, where a large proportion of residents are based. Seven-Eleven Japan plans to open as...
11 July 2019
Japan's four largest retailers, Seven & i Holdings, Aeon, FamilyMart and Lawson, have posted their results for the first quarter. Seven & i Holdings: total sales up 1.5% Seven & i recorded a 1.5% increase in total group sales to JPY2,894.8bn (US$26.6bn), with operating profit rising 4.6% to JPY90.3bn (US$832.6m) year-on-year (yoy) for the three months ending 31 May.  Domestic convenience...
01 July 2019
Japan’s second largest convenience chain, FamilyMart, has launched its own smartphone payment system today (July 1). Convenience for shoppers The app, FamiPay, allows customers to conveniently pay for goods via their smartphones. It will eventually integrate FamiPort services, e.g. pay parking fees, bills and tickets via the app. To encourage usage, the retailer will rebate (for the firs...
01 July 2019
Seven-Eleven Japan has launched its own smartphone payment service today (July 1). Convenience for shoppers The new 7pay service allows users to make payments by presenting barcodes displayed on their smartphones at cashier counters. It will offer shoppers greater convenience, while allow 7-Eleven to collect data for product development. Strengthening its digital proposition For its d...
28 June 2019
7-Eleven in Japan has outlined plans to wrap the nearly 2.3bn rice balls it sells a year in packaging partially composed of plant-based plastics Reducing carbon footprint The initiative will decrease 7-Eleven plastic usage by 260 tons and its carbon footprint by 403 tons per year. This is part of a broader environmental plan Seven & i Holdings has announced, which also includes a goal to el...
28 June 2019
Walmart is planning to relist its Seiyu business in Japan on the stock market. Reshaping its international business The plan will free up capital helping Walmart focus on its China and India business operations. Walmart delisted Seiyu from the Tokyo Stock Exchange back in 2008. Maintain majority stake in Seiyu Walmart aims to retain a majority stake in Seiyu, but the move will allow t...
18 June 2019
Rakuten and Seiyu will deliver products from the Seiyu LIVIN Yokosuka Store in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, to visitors in Sarushima via drones. Drone service to launch on 4 July 2019 Starting on 4 July 2019, the new initiative will service Sarushima, a popular sightseeing destination and the only uninhabited island in Tokyo Bay. It will run for around three months, and Rakuten Drone...
31 May 2019
Costco saw its third quarter net sales increase 7.4% to $34.0bn, with comparable club sales up 5.6%. We look at the drivers behind its continued strong performance and the outlook at it gets set to open its first club in China. Ecommerce sales up 20.0% The momentum in Costco’s sales performance was supported by its fast-growing ecommerce business, with comp sales up 19.5%. This excludes its...