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Japan’s four leading convenience banners, 7-Eleven, FamilyMart, Lawson and Ministop will offer a 2% discount for cashless payments starting October.

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FamilyMart UNY Holdings is planning increase its stake in Pan Pacific International Holdings (PPIH) Corporation. Not the first acquisition attempt… Earlier this year, FamilyMart UNY failed to secure enough shares to make PPIH’s Don Quijote an affiliate. It is unclear how the potential deal might impact Don Quijote should it go ahead.  FamilyMart UNY Holdings currently owns a total of 7,72...
Matsumoto KiYoshi is reportedly in talks with Kanagawa-based Cocokara Fine on an acquisition deal. Merger would create Japan’s largest drugstore chain Should the deal go ahead, the merger would create a drugstore chain significantly larger than close and current market leader Welcia Holdings operated by Aeon. Drugstores like Matsumoto KiYoshi selling food, soft drinks and liquor has alre...
7-Eleven in Japan will discontinue its 7pay cashless payment service next month. Rebuilding trust essential A security breach of the payment service after the launch on July 1 exposed user data. The retailer has decided to discontinue the service at the end of September. Following this incident, we expect new initiatives, particularly those that use technology, to be rolled-out more cautiou...
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...

This in-depth guide to Japan explores the key trends in grocery retail and the growth strategies of the leading retailers in the country.

Five year growth forecasts for the grocery market, the leading retailers and modern trade grocery channels in Japan.

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We visited three 7-Eleven stores in Tokyo to see how the retailer is investing and rebuilding a model for the future…
Japan’s second largest convenience chain, FamilyMart, has launched its own smartphone payment system in July 2019.
Matsumoto KiYoshi is well-known amongst shoppers and famous in the beauty industry. Its standalone Beauty U banner however, offers something quite different, providing shoppers a more personalised beauty service.
Costco is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Japan this year. We visit Costco’s flagship warehouse in Kawasaki to pick out some of the key highlights that underpin its continued success.
The four largest grocery retailers in Asia are Seven & i Holdings, Aeon, FamilyMart and Lawson, we review their five year growth forecasts, strategic priorities and latest developments.
We visit FamilyMart Nakarokugo, a store that combines leisure, lifestyle and retail in Tokyo's Ota ward in Japan.
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