May convenience store sales fall 10% amid virus impact

Business Jun 22, 2020

May convenience store sales fall 10% amid virus impact

Convenience store sales in May fell 10 percent from a year earlier, marking a third month of decline, affected by stay-at-home requests issued across Japan following the emergence of the coronavirus, an industry body said Monday. But the difficult business environment appears to have not ...

Convenience stores in Japan to charge for plastic bags from July

Business Jun 4, 2020

Convenience stores in Japan to charge for plastic bags from July

Three major convenience store operators will charge customers ¥3 for each plastic shopping bag at all domestic outlets from July 1, it was learned Thursday. This comes in line with the government's plan to oblige retailers across the country to charge fees for plastic bags ...

JR East to open 100 unmanned convenience stores in next four years

Business Jun 2, 2020

JR East to open 100 unmanned convenience stores in next four years

East Japan Railway Co. will accelerate plans to open 100 unmanned convenience stores within the next four years, sources close to the matter said Tuesday, as it takes advantage of the need to reduce human contact amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company's first unmanned convenience ...

Japan's convenience store owners face tough choices in pandemic

Business Apr 21, 2020

Japan's convenience store owners face tough choices in pandemic

Amid the coronavirus epidemic in Japan, franchise owners of convenience stores are torn between worrying about infection risks from continuing operations and a sense of mission about serving as part of infrastructure for daily life. "I will continue as much as possible, if it's helpful ...

Convenience store sales fell 5.8% in March amid outbreak

Corporate Apr 20, 2020

Convenience store sales fell 5.8% in March amid outbreak

Sales at convenience stores across Japan fell 5.8 percent in March from a year earlier as people refrained from going outside amid the coronavirus outbreak, an industry group said Monday. Same-store sales of seven major convenience store operators totaled ¥833.90 billion, marking the first decline ...