Convenience news

17 July 2019
Saha Group, which operates in consumer goods (Lawson convenience stores), fashion, textiles and services, will launch its first unmanned store in Thailand within three months. Technology-led store Saha’s first unmanned store under the banner “His & Her” is 100 sq m. It uses facial recognition, QR code reading and radio frequency identification technologies invested by the company. The store...
11 July 2019
Japan's four largest retailers, Seven & i Holdings, Aeon, FamilyMart and Lawson, have posted their results for the first quarter. Seven & i Holdings: total sales up 1.5% Seven & i recorded a 1.5% increase in total group sales to JPY2,894.8bn (US$26.6bn), with operating profit rising 4.6% to JPY90.3bn (US$832.6m) year-on-year (yoy) for the three months ending 31 May.  Domestic convenience...
11 July 2019
Seven-Eleven Japan has opened 14 stores in Okinawa today (11 July 2019), the only Japanese prefecture where the retailer's presence is missing. Increasing competition in Okinawa… The 14 new stores that have opened today are mainly concentrated in the southern part of the prefecture's main Okinawa Island, where a large proportion of residents are based. Seven-Eleven Japan plans to open as...
05 July 2019
Yonghui has launched a new format, Market Life, in Shanghai’s Pudong District. Focusing on local cuisine and culture The new store, located in Sanlin yinxiang cheng (INCITY mall), operates approx. 4,000 sq m retail space. It focuses on fresh food to meet the lifestyles of urban shoppers. Market Life combines traditional market culture with modern farmer's market decor. The foodservice count...
05 July 2019
We went to the newly refurbished Funan Mall in Singapore to check out four stores of the leading retailers in Singapore. Young and energetic vibe Source: IGD Research This used to be known as the IT mall - a place for tech geeks who want to build their own computers from component parts and check out the latest gadgets. After three years of redevelopment, the mall has opened with a swan...
03 July 2019
FamilyMart Taiwan has launched a new range of biodegradable tableware under the FamilyMart Collection. Environmental-friendly policies The new line of eco-friendly products includes, cups, plates, bowls and straws made entirely from bamboo fibers. These can also be safely combusted without emitting any toxic substances when they undergo the recycling process. New eco-friendly dishwashing so...
01 July 2019
Japan’s second largest convenience chain, FamilyMart, has launched its own smartphone payment system today (July 1). Convenience for shoppers The app, FamiPay, allows customers to conveniently pay for goods via their smartphones. It will eventually integrate FamiPort services, e.g. pay parking fees, bills and tickets via the app. To encourage usage, the retailer will rebate (for the firs...
01 July 2019
Seven-Eleven Japan has launched its own smartphone payment service today (July 1). Convenience for shoppers The new 7pay service allows users to make payments by presenting barcodes displayed on their smartphones at cashier counters. It will offer shoppers greater convenience, while allow 7-Eleven to collect data for product development. Strengthening its digital proposition For its d...
28 June 2019
7-Eleven in Japan has outlined plans to wrap the nearly 2.3bn rice balls it sells a year in packaging partially composed of plant-based plastics Reducing carbon footprint The initiative will decrease 7-Eleven plastic usage by 260 tons and its carbon footprint by 403 tons per year. This is part of a broader environmental plan Seven & i Holdings has announced, which also includes a goal to el...
27 June 2019
Saha Group, which operates Lawson convenience stores in Thailand, will collaborate with Thai advertising firm VGI Global Media to expand into subway stations and airports. Cooperative will launch this week Saha Lawson will own 60% of the venture, VGI will own 30% and the remaining 10% will be held by Saha Group. The partnership will be registered with a capital of THB20m (US$645,000). Fo...