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/ May 14, 2018

Uniqlo to open huge store near Manila later this year

Japanese casual clothing chain Uniqlo said Monday it will open its largest store in the Philippines later this year. The 4,100-sq.-meter global flagship store is scheduled to be opened at the Glorietta 5 shopping mall in the financial district of Makati, near Manila, sometime between ...

Taiwan to ban disposable plastic items by 2030

/ Mar 1, 2018

Taiwan to ban disposable plastic items by 2030

Taiwan is planning a blanket ban on single-use plastic items including straws, cups and shopping bags by 2030, officials have said, with restaurants facing new restrictions from next year. The initiative is the latest push by Taiwan to cut waste and pollution after introducing a ...

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 ...