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/ Aug 10, 2018

Lawson to start banking business in October

Convenience store chain Lawson Inc. said Friday it will launch a banking business in October using its existing network of more than 13,000 automated teller machines nationwide. Its subsidiary Lawson Bank earned a license to start the business from the Financial Services Agency the same ...

Apr 10, 2018

Japanese convenience stores focusing on healthy foods

Convenience store operators are focusing more on selling healthy bento meals and prepared foods using plenty of vegetables or fewer food additives. With increases in double-income and elderly households that prefer prepared meals as opposed to home-cooked fare, companies hope to shed the unhealthy image ...

Lawson taps AI for help deciding where to open new stores

/ Feb 19, 2018

Lawson taps AI for help deciding where to open new stores

Convenience store chain Lawson Inc. might use artificial intelligence to help it make decisions about opening new stores, company officials said Sunday. Lawson aims to enhance the capability of stores to fulfill particular needs in each region by using AI to collect and analyze marketing ...

Japan's convenience store sales slipped 0.3% in 2017

Jan 23, 2018

Japan's convenience store sales slipped 0.3% in 2017

Convenience store sales nationwide fell 0.3 percent in 2017 on a same-store basis to ¥9.47 trillion, due partly to intensified competition with other retailers, according to an industry body. The overall sales of eight major store operators declined despite a 1.5 percent increase in average ...