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While the landscape of labour shortages and rising costs varies across the region, convenience retailers are experimenting with a range of new solutions to tackle their resource challenges.

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Protein-alternatives is likely to expand in Asia with innovative products, new ways of distribution and production facilities. 1. Insects in vending machine by Sanpuku Holdings The vending machine which promotes the snacks as "highly nutritious meals of the future," is the first of its kind in western Japan's Shikoku region. There are nine types of insects available including fried crickets...
Co-working spaces, hybrid stores with additional services, and range evolution: three ways leading Asian convenience operators are adapting to meet changing shopper needs as markets emerge from Covid-19. 1. Co-working spaces 7-Eleven in Taiwan has introduced private working spaces above one of its stores in Taoyuan, reports Focus Taiwan. Rates of NTD 100 (USD 3.4) per hour mean the 14 rooms...
Retailers and suppliers are taking small steps to invest in the metaverse in Asia. Get up to speed with the developments through this article and our report here . Indonesia: Alfamart convenience investing in the metaverse Alfamart is collaborating with an AR/VR company to bring the relevant technology to the business. Alfamart and WIR Group have been working together since 2015...

Presentations

26/09/2022
7-Eleven Japan launched the “world’s first” contactless holographic self-checkouts at six of its convenience stores in Tokyo, as part of a pilot project.
13/09/2022
Telexistence, a technology firm, is set to install AI robots in 300 FamilyMart convenience stores in Japan.
28/06/2022
Understand how Amazon will grow in the next five years, its latest developments, and the implications for retailers and suppliers.
19/05/2022
We review Seven & i Holdings’ performance, plus progress against key strategic objectives.

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Japan country presentation

A guide to Japan’s grocery market and how we expect the country, its leading retailers and channels to evolve over the next five years.

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