Executive Summary

Feb 2019
PROSPECTS
Direct selling still struggling

Many direct selling retailers operate a network business model. However, this model does not have a good reputation amongst Japanese consumers, partly as a result of retailers using this kind of model being occasionally charged by the authorities or going bankrupt and leaving people in debt.

Some growth as players adopt multi-channel approach

While prospects are not very bright for direct selling, situations of rapid development often involve an associated swing back trend and, as the digital channel has grown strongly, some consumers and retailers have shown a renewed appreciation of direct selling. Pola, for example, grew as a direct seller towards the end of the review period, though, notably, direct selling is no longer the company’s largest source of revenue, as it emphasises its in-store sales through the Pola Beauty and Esthe In outlets.

Direct selling retailers also engaging in internet retailing

OMO, or online merges offline, is a term often used in talking about offline retailers utilising internet retailing, not as a simple shift from offline to online but as an overall strategy of using multiple channels in an effective and integrated way to enhance consumers’ experience of their business. Similarly, direct selling retailers are operating solely, or even primarily, in a “direct” face to face way today but also integrating internet retailing into their operations.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
Avon Products Co Ltd acquired by LG Household & Health Care

Avon Products Co Ltd is a company selling Avon branded products in Japan. This Japanese entity has been outside the global Avon group since 2010 due to an acquisition, and became the object of a new acquisition in 2018 when it was purchased by the South Korean company, LG Household & Health Care.

Amway retains the lead in direct selling

At the end of the review period, Amway retained the leading position in Japan that it has held for years. Amway is not only focusing on direct selling activities but is putting energy into developing a physical presence in the market.

Growing focus on physical experience

Amway’s focus on the development of physical environments for consumers to experience its products illustrates an important trend in retailing and one which is further driving direct sellers to engage in multi-channel approaches. Experience is becoming a keyword in retailing, as retailers look to find points of differentiation from the rapidly expanding internet retailing channel, in which consumers do not have direct access to products.

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Direct Selling in Japan - Category analysis

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Direct selling still struggling
Some growth as players adopt multi-channel approach
Direct selling retailers also engaging in internet retailing

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Avon Products Co Ltd acquired by LG Household & Health Care
Amway retains the lead in direct selling
Growing focus on physical experience

CHANNEL DATA

Table 1 Direct Selling by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 2 Direct Selling by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 3 Direct Selling GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 4 Direct Selling GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 5 Direct Selling Forecasts by Category: Value 2018-2023
Table 6 Direct Selling Forecasts by Category: % Value Growth 2018-2023

Retailing in Japan - Industry Overview

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Consumers lifestyles impacting retailing
Tourist spending remains key driver for retailers
Growth drivers in grocery retailing
Cross-channel collaboration and increasing consolidation in retailing
Implementing new digital technology

OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

Informal retailing
Opening hours
Summary 1 Standard Opening Hours by Channel Type
Physical retail landscape
Cash and carry
Seasonality
Hatsu Uri ("First Sales") at New Year
Valentine’s Day
White Day
Mother’s Day
Father’s Day
Summer Bargain
Halloween
Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Christmas and Year-end Bargain
Payments and delivery
Emerging business models

MARKET DATA

Table 7 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2013-2018
Table 8 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 9 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 10 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 11 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 12 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 13 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 14 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 15 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 16 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 17 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 18 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 19 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 20 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 21 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 22 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 23 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 24 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 25 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 26 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 27 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 28 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 29 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 30 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 31 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 32 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 33 Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 34 Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 35 Store-based Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 36 Store-based Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 37 Store-based Retailing LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 38 Non-Store Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 39 Non-Store Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 40 Grocery Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 41 Grocery Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 42 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 43 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 44 Non-Grocery Specialists GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 45 Non-Grocery Specialists GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 46 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 47 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 48 Mixed Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 49 Mixed Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 50 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 51 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 52 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2018-2023
Table 53 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 54 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 55 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 56 Forecast Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 57 Forecast Store-Based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 58 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 59 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 60 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 61 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 62 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 63 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 64 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 65 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 66 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 67 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 68 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 69 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 70 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 71 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 72 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 73 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 74 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 75 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 76 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 77 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023

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SOURCES

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