FamilyMart news

28 July 2020
Japan’s three largest convenience chains, 7-Eleven, FamilyMart and Lawson will test a joint delivery and logistics solution in a bid to reduce the number of delivery trucks on the roads. One week trial in Tokyo Jiji Press reports that the joint transport solution will be for confectionery and beverage products. Products will be gathered at a joint logistics centre, then distributed to 40 st...
14 July 2020
Japanese trading house Itochu has signalled its intent to take full ownership of the FamilyMart convenience store chain. A deal will cost US$5.4 bn It is estimated that the total cost of buyout will be around JPY580 bn (US$5.4 bn). Itochu already holds 50.1% of FamilyMart business and is predicted to take the company private should the bid succeed. Itochu says the joining of the two busi...
09 July 2020
Japan's four largest retailers, Seven & i Holdings, Aeon, FamilyMart and Lawson, have posted their Q1 results for the three months from March 1 to May 31, 2020. Summary and our view The big four’s Q1 results show the sheer impact of COVID-19 has had on trading in Japan. The period saw a declaration of a state of emergency in Japan from April into May, temporary closure of various facilities...
02 July 2020
Like many markets around the world, Japan has seen a surge in demand for online grocery following the outbreak of COVID-19. Online grocery adoption increasing COVID-19 has changed some long-established shopping habits, e.g. daily shopping trips. At the start of the pandemic, fear of product shortages and empty shelves in-store may have encouraged shoppers to explore alternative shopping cha...
02 July 2020
We round up the latest COVID-19 related news from Japan as retailers respond to changes in consumer trends and government policies. 1 July - plastic bag charge now mandatory On 1 July, the government made plastic bag fees mandatory across the country. Matsumoto KiYoshi and some other businesses such as Aeon had already been charging fees for plastic bags  since April . 25 May state of ...
30 June 2020
FamilyMart will introduce a remote-controlled robot that will place products on shelves in its stores in Japan, according to Nikkei Asian Review. Driving efficiencies in-store FamilyMart will partner with robotics development company Telexistence to test the initiative next month at some FamilyMart stores in Tokyo. The robot will be remotely controlled by an operator using virtual rea...
19 June 2020
Unicorn Stores has opened a new UNY supermarket in KOLOUR shopping mall , Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong. Famous for Japanese products UNY Yuen Long covers 1,672 sq m and has opened in the space vacated by A.S. Watson’s TASTE supermarket. Available to shoppers is plenty of fresh food, frozen and daily groceries, many of which have been imported from Japan. To celebrate the openin...
19 June 2020
Japan’s three largest convenience stores, 7-Eleven, FamilyMart and Lawson, have stepped up their efforts to reduce the use of plastics. A mix of short, medium and long-term targets 7-Eleven is beginning to use paper packages for its cold bento boxed meal products. The retailer has already stopped using plastic films and covers for prepared food products, reducing plastic use by 10-25%. F...
16 June 2020
Central Retail Corporation Plc (CRC) has acquired the remaining 49% share for FamilyMart from its Japanese partner, making it the sole owner in Thailand. The date of share purchase agreement and transfer was on May 27. FamilyMart has released a further notice  today .  New business model in place CRC has partnered with Japan FamilyMart Co (JFM) since 2012. Over the last eight years, it has ...
26 May 2020
FamilyMart in Japan has announced that 787 of its stores will officially implement shorter business hours beginning June 1. Adjusting trading hours due to labour shortages Of the FamilyMart stores that have adjusted trading hours, about 70% operate on a truncated schedule every day, while the remaining have only shortened business hours on Sundays. For the reasons to adjusting trading hours...