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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.

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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...
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...
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...
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. ...

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