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Like many markets around the world, Japan has seen a surge in demand for online grocery following the outbreak of COVID-19.

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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 ...
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...
Aeon has been introducing its Everywhere Cash Register Regi Go service at some of its stores in Japan. The solution was launched in February, allowing shoppers to checkout more efficiently.   Available at 20 stores Currently, around 20 stores across AEON and AEON STYLE banners in Tokyo, Chiba and Kanagawa have made the service available. An increasing number of customers are seeking faster ...
Japan's four largest retailers, Seven & i Holdings, AEON, FamilyMart and Lawson, have posted their annual results for the fiscal year ending 29 February 2020. Summary and our view Performance of the big four in 2019 was varied. Lawson is showing the fastest growth, 7&i remains solid, FamilyMart is recovering and AEON saw mixed results. The Japanese convenience landscape is undergoing maj...

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