Lawson news

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...
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...
15 February 2019
American manufacturer and distributor Avery Dennison has announced that it will work with the Japanese government to drive RFID technology roll-out in convenience stores across Japan. Roll-out across Japan by 2025 We have already seen some of the leading convenience operators, e.g. Lawson launch new style checkouts in recent years. This latest announcement should help accelerate the roll-ou...
11 January 2019
We round up the latest trading updates and news for Japan's four largest retailers. Seven & i posts 13.2% increase in revenue Seven & i Holdings has released a strong set of Q3 results, posting a 13.2% increase in operating revenue to JPY5,072.3bn, with operating income up 2.9% to JPY304.2bn. Revenue from its domestic CVS operations grew modestly at 2.9%, with existing stores rising for the...
15 October 2018
Japan's four largest retailers, Seven & i Holdings, FamilyMart UNY, AEON and Lawson, have posted their results for the first half. Seven & i Holdings: 8.2% total Group sales growth 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.  Domestic convenience store operat...
14 August 2018
Lawson, the third largest convenience store chain in Japan, has launched 17 in-store healthcare corners to allow customers to consult with health experts and specialists. In-store consultation services In 17 stores in Japan, Lawson has installed a consultation desk (partnering Medical Corporation Tatsuoka) to provide free advice on nursing care, nutrition, health and wellbeing. Tailored on-...
12 July 2018
Japan's four largest retailers, Seven & i Holdings, FamilyMart UNY, AEON and Lawson, have posted their results for the first quarter. Seven & i Holdings: steady at home, soaring overseas Seven & i recorded a 6.6% increase in total group sales to JPY2,851bn (US$25.6bn), with operating profit rising 2.7% to JPY86.3bn (US$774.7m) year-on-year for the three months ending 31 May.  Domestic co...
28 June 2018
Japan's third largest convenience chain, Lawson, has announced that it will end home delivery service on 31st August. Lawson Fresh ending home delivery Lawson Fresh, a members-only online portal will end home delivery amidst rising costs for Lawson to maintain the service. Launched in 2013, the service carries over 13,000 products, including fresh food, grocery items and heavy and bulky pro...
27 April 2018
Puregold, which operates Lawson convenience stores in the Philippines, has agreed to return its 70% stake in the business back to its Japan-based partner, Lawson. Uncertainty at Lawson in the Philippines In 2014, Puregold partnered with Lawson to setup PG Lawson, which in turn operated Lawson convenience stores across the the Philippines. It had originally targeted 500 stores by 2020, but e...