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Japan's four largest retailers, Seven & i Holdings, Aeon, FamilyMart and Lawson, have posted their H1 results for the six months from March 1 to August 31, 2020.

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Aeon Stores Hong Kong, which operates stores in Hong Kong and on mainland China has posted a 6.7% increase in sales revenue to HKD5,158m (US$665.5m) for the six months ended June 30, 2020. Hong Kong revenue up 15.9% YoY Revenue from Hong Kong operations in the first half increased by 15.9% to HKD2,423m YoY. The Group expects to expedite the opening of Living Plaza branches in the third quar...
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. ...
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...
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...

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