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This in-depth guide to Japan explores the key trends in grocery retail and the growth strategies of the leading retailers in the country.

We review the five big trends that we identified at the start of 2019, plus provide insight on the latest performance of Asia's leading grocery retailers.

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Rakuten has published its results for the three months ended March 31, 2020. Group revenue was up 18.2% to JPY331,443m (US$2.9bn) compared with the same period last year. Internet Services revenue up 12.8% Year-on-year revenue from Internet Services, Rakuten’s core business including ecommerce and travel booking services, increased 12.8% to JPY190,678m (US$1.7bn). Services such as the In...
Rakuten has published its results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, with Group revenue up 14.7% to JPY1,263.9bn (US$11.7bn) year-on-year (yoy). Internet Services revenue up 17.1% Revenue from Internet Services, Rakuten’s core business including ecommerce and travel booking services, increased 17.1% to JPY792.5bn (US$7.3bn) yoy. Segment profit fell by 15.8% to JPY90.7bn (US$842.6m...
Rakuten and Walmart's Seiyu are planning to open a new logistics site in Yokohama, Japan, later this year. New site to service growing online sales The new logistics site will service growing online sales from Rakuten Seiyu Netsuper. The platform recorded a 30% sales increase year-on-year between late October and end of December. High delivery and logistical costs in Japan have historica...
Retailers in Japan are exploring innovative ways to make shopping more convenient. Drone deliveries to support the elderly Lawson has teamed up with Rakuten to offer drone deliveries in Minamisoma. The town has many elderly residents who have difficulty getting around. The service will run for six months before the companies decide whether to make it permanently available. Nearly all of ...

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