Japan news

24 June 2022
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...
23 May 2022
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...
13 May 2022
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...
08 April 2022
As Uber Eats partners with bp in a global retail partnership and quick commerce pure play Getir raises another $768m, I round up the latest developments within quick commerce. bp and Uber sign global strategic partnership bp and Uber have signed a new global strategic convenience partnership. Together they plan to make more than 3,000 retail locations available on Uber Eats by 2025. The ...
21 March 2022
Circle K, Lawson and AmPm are bringing virtual experiences to its customers. We share the key highlights and our view on some of the benefits. Our view Metaverse provide brands a platform to learn and create moments of engagement, e.g. opportunities for promotions and games within this new space. Content and conversations with consumers will be quite different from social media. Businesses ...
14 March 2022
7-Eleven is testing a new payment solution at some of its stores in Japan. Not ‘just walk out’ technology, but a virtual touch screen The payment solution still requires shoppers to individually scan their items before paying. However, there is no LCD touchscreen. This has been replaced by a system developed by Toshiba called Digi POS that creates a virtual touchscreen, which projects in fr...
09 March 2022
People in Asia are becoming more aware of the environmental impact of excessive use of plastic bags, cutlery and straws. We look at what retailers and governments are doing in this area to attain sustainability goals in the region. 1. Foodpanda ramps up efforts to tackle sustainability challenges Foodpanda is the largest delivery platform in Asia outside China. According to the delivery ser...
07 March 2022
Costco’s net sales increased 16.1% in the second quarter, maintaining its strong pace of growth despite tough comparables from last year. Against this backdrop of growth, we look at how it is navigating cost and supply chain challenges. Q2 key numbers Net sales increased 16.1% to $50.9 bn Comparable sales (ex-fuel and currency impacts) up 11.3% in the US, 12.4% in Canada and 9.0% in o...
28 January 2022
Like in all regions, COVID has impacted the food and consumer goods landscape in Asia, altering shopping habits, forcing retailers to rethink their strategies and accelerating trends. With omicron and the pandemic continuing to dominate headlines globally, what does this mean for the grocery industry across Asia in 2022? We have pulled out five trends that we believe will continue to evolve at pa...
13 January 2022
Seven & i Holdings and Lawson have posted their Q3 results for the period ended November 30, 2021. Summary Seven & i Holdings and Lawson’s results continued to show further signs of recovery, with mobility and in-store activity increasing following the nationwide lifting of the COVID-19-related state of emergency in October 2021. Retailers are generally seeing more planned purchases and sho...