Japan news

15 May 2019
Phoenix Petroleum, owned by Dennis Uy, is acquiring Circle K in the Philippines. Acquisition through Philippines FamilyMart Phoenix Petroleum’s subsidiary Philippine FamilyMart CVS Inc. is in the process of acquiring Circle K in the Philippines. The acquisition aims to help FamilyMart drive future growth, with Circle K stores set to be rebranded to the FamilyMart banner over the next few mo...
15 May 2019
FamilyMart is reportedly suing to end its partnership with Taiwanese conglomerate Ting Hsin Group in China. Dispute over royalties and visibility FamilyMart has accused Ting Hsin of failing to arrange a fair share for profits it earned from its business in China, and not providing adequate information on the venture’s profitability. More about the partnership FamilyMart first establis...
15 May 2019
Rakuten has published its results for the first quarter, with Group revenue up 15.9% to JPY280,294m (US$2.5bn) compared with the same period last year. Internet Services revenue up 13.8% Year-on-year revenue from Internet Services, Rakuten’s core business including ecommerce and travel booking services, increased 13.8% to JPY169,975m (US$1,5bn). Profit jumped 620.8% to JPY111,645m (US$1bn) ...
25 April 2019
The three leading convenience store chains in Japan are facing increasing challenges to hiring staff for their stores. Labour shortages driven by the country's ageing population is deepening and retailers opening new stores require new workers. Discounts and benefits for workers The current approach for many convenience store operators is to incentivise workers with benefits and discounts. ...
17 April 2019
We round up the latest trading updates and news for Japan's four largest retailers, Seven & i Holdings, FamilyMart UNY, Lawson and AEON. Seven & i posts 12.5% increase in revenue Seven & i Holdings has released a strong set of annual results (ending 28 February 2019), posting a 12.5% increase in operating revenue to JPY6,791.2bn (US$60.7bn), with operating income up 5.1% to JPY411.5bn (US$3...
15 April 2019
Amazon has increased the price of Amazon Japan’s Prime membership. Fee flat for 11 years Amazon Prime was launched in Japan 11 years ago and the 3,900 yen cost has remained unchanged up until now. Amazon has increased the cost to 4,900 yen (US$44), a 26% increase. The company cited the growing number of services available to members. In recent years, Amazon has improved its offering in Japa...
01 April 2019
The Japan External Trade Organisation is offering small to medium-sized domestic retailers free access to global ecommerce platforms to help them sell products in 18 markets abroad. Supporting smaller retailers grow online The initiative is expected to increase trade for local businesses, maximising the global popularity of Japanese products around the world. Twenty four ecommerce operators...
06 March 2019
AEONs Maxvalu in Hiroshima and a handful of 7-Eleven stores are reducing their operating hours in Japan. Maxvalu in Hiroshima ending 24-hour operations Maxvalu Nishinihon, a Hiroshima-based subsidiary of AEON, is ending 24-hour operations for 25 stores later this month. The company plans to refocus its staff members' attention on improving customer service. The move should also help the bus...
22 February 2019
Chinese ecommerce giant JD.com is partnering with Rakuten on delivery in Japan. JD.com's drones will become a part of Rakuten's own unmanned delivery services. JD.com's drones JD.com has been developing and operating drones in China for a few years. It has been expanding in other Asian countries, such as Indonesia, where JD.com completed its first government approved drone flight. Its unman...
20 February 2019
Walmart released its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2019 results this week. The company finished the year with good momentum and is pleased with its performances in international markets. Walmart’s key numbers Walmart's total revenue in Q4 increased by 1.9% to US$138.8bn US comp store sales increased by 4.2%, and by 6.8% on a two-year basis, the strongest in nine years Sam's Club c...