May 24, 2017

Nationwide department store sales jump 0.7% in April

April sales at department stores nationwide rose 0.7 percent from a year earlier on a same-store basis, up for the first time in 14 months, an industry group has announced.Overall sales at 229 outlets operated by 80 companies totaled ¥452.7 billion. The growth mainly ...

May 5, 2015

Australia chided over migrant labor abuse

Australia faced growing calls Tuesday to crackdown on the exploitation of migrants laboring in farms and factories after a television investigation claimed foreigners toiled in conditions akin to “slave labor.”Using footage from secret cameras, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation found migrants were being paid well ...

Mar 10, 2015

Seven & I to tie up with Osaka supermarket chain Mandai

Japanese retail giant Seven & I Holdings Co. is set to conclude a business tie-up agreement with Mandai Co., a supermarket chain operator centered around Osaka Prefecture, informed sources said Tuesday.Seven & I is also considering the acquisition of an equity stake in Higashiosaka-based ...

/ Mar 6, 2015

Retailers boosting their ability to take online orders

Major retail groups such as Seven & I Holdings Co. plan to beef up their online operations to meet growing demand.As the nation’s demographics shift and more women enter the workforce, demand for Internet ordering and home delivery is “expanding rapidly,” according to an ...

/ Jan 6, 2015

Aeon to reshuffle management, devolve some duties

Supermarket operator Aeon Co. plan to reshuffle its senior management and devolve some duties.The changes are designed to halve the number of executive officers and employees at the holding company in fiscal 2015 and transfer human resources functions to other units. By focusing resources ...

/ Dec 8, 2014

Aeon eyes frozen food production for France's Picard

Major retailer Aeon Co. might make products for French frozen food retailer Picard Surgeles SAS in Japan, according to sources close to the matter.Aeon is planning to hold talks with Picard about the possibility of producing its frozen food items in Japan, because imports ...