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Lawson taps AI for help deciding where to open new stores

Business / Corporate 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

Business 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 ...

Seven-Eleven to start selling food with English labels

Business / Corporate Dec 29, 2017

Seven-Eleven to start selling food with English labels

Seven & I Holdings, the country's largest convenience store chain operator through subsidiary Seven-Eleven Japan Co. Ltd., will start selling onigiri (rice balls) and other prepared foods with labels carrying product names in both Japanese and English from the new year. Seven-Eleven Japan President Kazuki ...

Lawson to offer unattended late-night checkout counters

Business / Corporate Dec 5, 2017

Lawson to offer unattended late-night checkout counters

Lawson Inc. will introduce unattended checkout counter services late at night at some of its stores, the first such step by a convenience store operator to tackle the labor shortage. Lawson announced Monday it will start testing unattended operations at a few stores in Tokyo ...