Japan news

20 January 2020
Global Meets has opened Japan’s first fully dedicated vegan store in Taito City ward in Tokyo. Convenience and foodservice vegan format Like typical convenience stores, Vegan Store stocks a mix of Japanese and imported products. However, these are 100% plant-based and gluten, onion, alcohol and MSG free. Shoppers can find hot food and products like soft serve vegan ice-cream, vegan chees...
16 January 2020
Rakuten and Walmart's Seiyu are planning to open a new logistics site in Yokohama, Japan, later this year. New site to service growing online sales The new logistics site will service growing online sales from Rakuten Seiyu Netsuper. The platform recorded a 30% sales increase year-on-year between late October and end of December. High delivery and logistical costs in Japan have historica...
10 January 2020
Japan's four largest retailers, Seven & i Holdings, AEON, FamilyMart and Lawson, have posted their results for the nine months ending 30 November 2019. Seven & i Holdings: total sales flat at 0.1% Seven & i recorded a 0.1% increase in total group sales to JPY9,019.3bn (US$82.4bn), with operating profit rising 4.9% to JPY319bn (US2.9m) year-on-year (yoy). Revenue from domestic convenience...
06 January 2020
Mobile phone carrier KDDI and Lawson are partnering to integrate their customer loyalty point programs. Enabling au Pay mobile payment in Ponta KDDI, which operates the au Wallet point service, will buy 2.1% stake of Lawson and take a 20% stake in Ponta loyalty point program (currently owned by Lawson, its parent company Mitsubishi Corp. and other firms). From May 2020, KDDI will offer P...
02 January 2020
Over the last few days, some 7-Eleven and Lawson convenience stores in Japan temporarily closed. Some stores closed during the New Year Lawson decided to close 102 outlets from December 31 to January 2, while 7-Eleven closed about 50 stores in the Tokyo area at the New Year. While Skylark Holdings, the country’s largest family-restaurant operator, closed about 2,700 outlets from 6 p.m. on N...
13 December 2019
Costco’ new financial year saw a continuation of the strong results of the last year. We review its performance and how new ecommerce initiatives and its launch in China have contributed to its growth. Comparable club sales up 5.0% Costco’s Q1 net sales increased 5.6% to $36.2bn, with comparable club sales up 5.0%. Canada led the way with comparable club sales up 5.1%. Comparable ecommerce ...
04 December 2019
Last year, Costco Japan announced plans to launch an online store . We are now beginning to see the wholesaler make progress. Costco online shopping coming soon In preparation of launching its online shopping platform, Costco Japan has revamped its corporate website . The wholesaler has introduced a new AI ChatBot system and is advising shoppers to prepare by registering online to creat...
03 December 2019
FamilyMart will sell 23 kinds of Christmas cakes this year, but only by reservation. Reducing waste and raising profitability Until last year, FamilyMart ordered the amount of cakes based on expected sales in addition to reservations. The retailer seeks to reduce food waste as well as raise profitability. Reservations for Christmas cakes helps reduce the cost of stocking and disposing of un...
29 November 2019
Aeon has partnered Ocado to develop its online grocery business in Japan. Developing a national fulfillment network The new partnership will involve Ocado building automated warehouses in Japan. These will be like the ones Ocado has set up in the UK, where robots fill customer orders ready for home delivery. Aeon will launch a new online business using the Ocado Smart Platform, which includ...
14 November 2019
FamilyMart in Japan has confirmed it will introduce a new policy from March next year, giving its franchise owners the option to close during late-night hours. New policy will cover nearly 16,000 stores FamilyMart has been reviewing its around-the-clock store policy, testing shorter opening hours at approx. 700 stores in Japan. The retailer has now confirmed that it will roll this out acr...