Dec 25, 2015

Lawson, Mitsubishi plan foray into electricity market

Convenience store chain Lawson Inc. and trading house Mitsubishi Corp. said Friday they plan to jump into the electricity market. Lawson and Mitsubishi will accept applications for contracts from February, mainly in the Tokyo metropolitan area, with an aim to starting electricity sales to ...

Convenience store chains jump on e-money bandwagon

Dec 9, 2015

Convenience store chains jump on e-money bandwagon

Major convenience store operators are gearing up to make electronic money more usable for payments in a bid to attract more customers and boost sales. Increasing the types of e-money accepted at outlets and adding e-money functions to existing reward cards are among the ...

Nov 4, 2015

Police report 196 fraud cases of forged revenue stamps

Some 196 cases of fraud using forged revenue stamps were found in 16 prefectures since August, police sources said Wednesday. Sources said counterfeit revenue stamps were found at post offices, ticket brokers and convenience stores nationwide, indicating they were issued by an organized crime ...

'Konbini' magic keeps stores precisely stocked round the clock

Oct 18, 2015

'Konbini' magic keeps stores precisely stocked round the clock

Stocking anything from shirts to face masks, 24/7 convenience stores have become an indispensable part of Japanese daily life, with the sector now worth more than Sri Lanka’s economy. Their secret? Constant renewal. A staggering 1.5 billion people pass through konbini — a Japanese ...

FamilyMart, Uny agree all-stock merger

Oct 15, 2015

FamilyMart, Uny agree all-stock merger

FamilyMart Co. has agreed to buy Uny Group Holdings Co., the operator of the Circle K and Sunkus chains, creating the nation’s second-largest convenience store operator. It will be an all stock transaction valuing the company at about ¥171 billion. FamilyMart will pay 0.138 ...

Aug 27, 2015

FamilyMart, Uny postpone agreement on merger plan

Convenience store operators FamilyMart Co. and Uny Group Holdings Co. said Thursday they will postpone the planned signing in August of a basic merger agreement and take more time to work out the details of the deal, which was announced in March. The two ...

Aug 20, 2015

FamilyMart, Uny may put off business integration accord

Retailers FamilyMart Co. and Uny Group Holdings Co. are mulling putting off the conclusion of a basic accord on their planned business integration to September or later, it was learned on Thursday. This is because Uny’s work to draw up measures to shore up ...