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Rakuten and Walmart's Seiyu are planning to open a new logistics site in Yokohama, Japan, later this year.

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Retailers in Japan are exploring innovative ways to make shopping more convenient. Drone deliveries to support the elderly Lawson has teamed up with Rakuten to offer drone deliveries in Minamisoma. The town has many elderly residents who have difficulty getting around. The service will run for six months before the companies decide whether to make it permanently available. Nearly all of ...
Rakuten has published its results for the nine months ended September 30, with Group revenue up 14.6% to JPY905,781m (US$8.3bn) year-on-year (yoy). Internet Services revenue up 18.5% Revenue from Internet Services, Rakuten’s core business including ecommerce and travel booking services, increased 18.5% to JPY561,092m (US$5.1bn) yoy. Segment profit increased by 14.5% to JPY114,039m (US$1bn) ...
Online shopping mall Rakuten and supermarket chain Seiyu have agreed to road test autonomous delivery robots service, in collaboration with JD.com. Delivering goods using the Rakuten UGV The autonomous delivery robots service is to be tested from September 21 to October 27. Using the Rakuten Drone app, shoppers can place their orders from the Seiyu Livin Yokosuka Store and have the goods...
Rakuten has published its results for the six months ending June 30, with Group revenue up 14.5% to JPY586,644m (US$5.6bn) year-on-year. Internet Services revenue up 16.1% Revenue from Internet Services, Rakuten’s core business including ecommerce and travel booking services, increased 16.1% to JPY359,156m (US$3.4bn) yoy. Segment profit increased by 94.3% to JPY108,867m (US$1bn) yoy. Ini...

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