Grab and go: Amazon opens Seattle store with no cashiers

Jan 23, 2018

Grab and go: Amazon opens Seattle store with no cashiers

No cashiers, no registers and no cash — this is how Amazon sees the future of store shopping. The online retailer opened its Amazon Go concept to the public Monday in Seattle, which lets shoppers take milk, potato chips or ready-to-eat salads off its shelves ...

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 ...

Retailers brace as Amazon makes debut in Australia

/ Dec 5, 2017

Retailers brace as Amazon makes debut in Australia

U.S. internet giant Amazon launched in Australia on Tuesday with retailers scrambling to cut costs and boost their online offerings as they brace for an expected shake-up of the sector. The arrival of the behemoth — which has grown from being an online bookstore to ...

Lawson to offer unattended late-night checkout counters

/ 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 ...

Seven & I begins donating leftover food to Tokyo's needy

Oct 1, 2017

Seven & I begins donating leftover food to Tokyo's needy

Seven & i Holdings Co. has started donating unexpired food leftover at its Ito-Yokado supermarkets in Tokyo to needy families. According to Seven & I, it plans to expand the donations to more regions to reduce food waste. Poverty is a serious issue with the relative ...

Japan's retail sales rise 1.9% in July on year

/ Aug 30, 2017

Japan's retail sales rise 1.9% in July on year

Retail sales in July rose 1.9 percent from a year earlier to ¥12.2 trillion, up for the ninth straight month, the industry ministry said Wednesday. Sales of summer goods were brisk as temperatures soared nationwide in the reporting month, ministry officials said. The ministry said retail ...