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Seven & i has recorded a 8.2% increase in total Group sales to JPY5,950bn, with operating profit rising 2.6% to JPY199,610bn year-on-year for the six months ending 31 August. 

7-Eleven Japan's revenue up 2.9%

Domestic convenience store operations recorded a 2.9% increase in revenue to JPY486,243m year-on-year (yoy). 7-Eleven Japan's key growth measure, existing store sales, increased 1.4% in the first half. In response to increase in demand for take-home meals, it continued to focus expanding sales space for frozen foods and launched, for example, Seven Premium snack series dedicated to easy meals. The retailer added 336 stores to its convenience network in Japan to reach 20,596 outlets.

Ito-Yokado reforms continue

Consolidated revenue for Seven & i's superstore operations was flat. The retailer ended the first half with 164 Ito-Yokado stores in Japan, the same number as the first quarter. However, it forecasts to operate six fewer stores by the end of FY2019, continuing to reform this part of the business.

Faster growth overseas 

Revenue from operations at 7-Eleven Inc (U.S and Canada) increased 41.8% to JPY1,357bn. This was largely driven by the effect of the Sunoco acquisition, but nonetheless existing store sales increased 1%. 7-Eleven continues to position itself for the future, partnering with Foodora in Canada for example, to launch a food delivery app that allows customers to order a range of snacks and everyday essentials from 48 7-Eleven locations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.

The retailer's footprint across Asia continues to grow quickly. Through area licenses, for example, 7-Eleven is expanding into new cities in China. Last year, it entered Zhejiang, and during the first half the first 7-Eleven store opened in Jiangsu Province.

Ahead of our Food-to-go Summit on November 8, where one of the key themes will be future food-to-go formats, we take a look at some of the retail formats across Europe that are leading the way  in how they see the opportunity for food-to-go.

1. Franprix and Franprix noé, Paris – creating the next generation premium convenience store

Casino owned Franprix has long been a feature on the premium convenience landscape of Paris, but its latest ‘mandarine’ store formats have taken its proposition on several stages. Food-to-go, coffee and in-store seating lie at the core of the proposition, with an attractive range of solutions for both food-for-now and food-for-later missions. In selected locations, the concept has been stretched further into the Franprix noé concept, which takes the format principles of Franprix and puts natural and organic products at its heart.

Source: IGD Research

2. Fresh the Good Food Market, Dublin – outstanding food-to-go options in a enticing retail format

We’ve long held the work of this Dublin based business in high regard – they are among the best examples of retail/ food-to-go fusion and stand out in a market that consistently leads the way in this space. An array of hot and cold meal solutions, for both lunch and evening meal occasions, are supported by a complementary retail range, not least in categories such as beers wines and spirits. On occasion, the proposition is also supported by displays and counters from selected partners, such as the Off Beat Donut Company. Local, quality and freshness are key hallmarks of the offer, supported by great merchandising.

Source: IGD Research

3. Deli de Luca, Norway – differentiation in forecourts through counter-served food-to-go

Another retailer we've long looked to as a source of European inspiration is Deli de Luca in Norway, which has put meal provision at the heart of its proposition. Through this, over recent years, it’s been able to successfully convert itself to offer a strong forecourt proposition, based on a consistent core offer across sandwiches, paninis and hot dogs, while through stretching the range of hot food further. This adds to the eat-in appeal of the offer, which is increasingly important in a market which boasts the highest penetration of electric cars in Europe.

Source: IGD Research

4. Coop to go Switzerland  - a grab and go plus proposition

Coop is a major player in the overall Swiss food retail market and has been eager to build an impactful proposition in the food-to-go space. Efficiency needs to be a focus in a high cost labour market like Switzerland, and this translates through to a largely grab and go offer. But this is attractively done, and complemented by a range of fresh options, including pizza, bakery and self-serve coffee, creating strong appeal for a range of food-to-go missions.

Source: IGD Research

5. 7-Eleven Denmark – making the most of the food-to-go opportunity

7-Eleven has established a strong position across a range of food to go missions in Copenhagen, underpinned by two things. First, its focus on healthier lunchtime options, including a range of dietary specific options. Secondly, it supports this by great coffee, which is both Fair trade and organic. The organic nature of the offer here also reflects local trends, while coffee cups are 100% plant-based and so are environmentally-friendly. Through this, it’s been able to capture some of the ground that has become the mainstay of food-to-go specialists in markets like London.

Source: IGD Research

6. AH to go – combining great range and efficiency for customers on the move

Product development has long been a priority for the Netherlands' market leader Albert Heijn. Increasingly, over recent years this has focused on prepared food and healthier options. These come together to great effect in AH to go, with an enticing selection of healthier eating products tailored to different food-to-go missions. For those looking for healthier eating inspiration across food-for-later, a visit to Albert Hejin supermarkets should also be high on the list.

Source: IGD Research

Want to see some of London's latest best food-to-go formats? Join us on our next London food-to-go safari on November 9, click here

7-Eleven in South Korea has launched a new fully automated 'express' format.

Another automated store...

Having launched its first unstaffed convenience store at Lotte World Tower in Seoul last year, 7-Eleven is now testing its latest 'express' format. South Korea continues to see the rise of self-service and cashier-less stores with various retailers exploring this space. 

7-Eleven's new concept store consists of five vending machines in the shape of an express train. It is currently testing four stores, two of which are being trialled at the headquarters of 7-Eleven in Seoul, one at Lotte E&M in Incheon, and the other at the headquarters of Lotte Rent-a-Car in Anyang, Gyeonggi Province.

More about 7-Eleven express

The 10-metre long express stores carry 200 products across five key categories; drinks, snacks, prepared meals, processed food and non-food products. They are also cashless, and shoppers can pay via a prepaid transit card or credit card after inputting the product number into the machine. For shoppers looking for a quick snack, the store features a microwave and a hot water dispenser in the central area for convenience.


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