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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 ...
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...
Unicorn Stores has opened a new UNY supermarket in KOLOUR shopping mall , Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong. Famous for Japanese products UNY Yuen Long covers 1,672 sq m and has opened in the space vacated by A.S. Watson’s TASTE supermarket. Available to shoppers is plenty of fresh food, frozen and daily groceries, many of which have been imported from Japan. To celebrate the openin...
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...

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