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AEON has provided new ways for shoppers to buy their groceries during the lockdown period due to COVID-19 in Malaysia. Its latest initative is to launch a new supermarket online service on 14 July 2020.

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

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