7dream.com Ltd., a joint venture centered on convenience store chain Seven-Eleven Japan Co., announced Thursday that it will open one of the nation’s biggest e-commerce shopping Web sites on July 1.
7dream.com will link the more than 8,200 nationwide outlets run by Seven-Eleven, the country’s largest convenience store operator, with the new Web site, which will handle 100,000 types of goods and services.
“We’ll launch full-scale operations of Japanese-style e-commerce,” said Toshifumi Suzuki, chairman of Seven-Eleven Japan and chairman and president of 7dream.com, at a press conference in Tokyo.
Online shoppers can receive goods and pay for them at their local convenience store 24 hours a day, or they can opt for a delivery service.
Customers will also be able to use smart phones of any major mobile phone operator to order compact discs and other information services, 7dream.com said.
The Web site will initially deal with goods and services in five categories: music, travel, digital photos, cars and other goods.
Menus on the virtual shopping sites include those for 9,000 music CDs, DVD and video software, 5,500 travel and leisure packages, 1,300 computer-related products and services and 350 car-related products, the company said.
7dream.com was established in February by Seven-Eleven Japan, NEC Corp., NRI Ltd., Sony Corp. and four other companies, and was capitalized at 5 billion yen.
Corporate Net service
Mitsui & Co., NTT Communications Corp. and NEC Corp. said Thursday that they have established a joint venture with Critical Path Inc., a U.S. e-mail service firm, to provide Internet-related support services to corporate clients.
Services to be provided by the new company, Tokyo-based Critical Path Pacific Inc., include management of e-mail software and protection against computer viruses, the three companies said.
Annual sales from such services are expected to grow to 50 billion yen in five years.
Critical Path Pacific is capitalized at 2 billion yen, with Critical Path holding a 40 percent stake and trading house Mitsui having a 30 percent interest. NTT Communications, a subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., put up 25 percent of the remaining capital, while NEC put up 5 percent.