Executive Summary

Feb 2019
PROSPECTS
Internet retailing maintains strong growth

Internet retailing continued to expand dynamically at the end of the review period. Growing numbers of consumers are getting used to making purchases online.

Cross-border internet retailing “to” Japan remains low

Cross-border internet retailing into Japan remains small for three main reasons: Japanese consumers’ reluctance to try new things, language issues and a lack of demand for foreign products. Few Japanese consumers are early adopters, meaning that it takes some time for new channels to gain traction.

Cross-border internet retailing “from” Japan draws attention

While cross-border internet retailing to Japan faces significant obstacles, Japanese companies from small to large are looking to develop cross-border internet retailing from the country, especially to China. Platform giants like Amazon and eBay are supporting small-to-mid-sized companies not only by providing a platform but also through logistics, including holding products, managing export operations and connecting to local vendors.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
Aeon struggling to found digital platform

Aeon is the leading mass merchandiser not only in Japan but in Asia Pacific as a whole. However, the company is struggling to establish itself in internet retailing.

Seven & I looking to develop synergies through omnichannel strategy

Seven & I Holdings is developing an omnichannel strategy through its Omni7 platform. The company seems to be focusing on maximising synergies between its retailing operations, which include 7-Eleven, Ito Yokado, Sogo and Seibu Department Stores by integrating consumer data.

Homeshopping retailers increase internet retailing ratio

Large homeshopping retailers such as Jupiter Shop Channel, Japanet Takata and QVC are increasing the proportion of their sales they generate through internet retailing. Homeshopping and internet retailing are particularly compatible in terms of the development of an integrated, multi-channel strategy, as consumers are happy to turn to the convenience of the internet to make purchases following exposure to homeshopping TV programmes or homeshopping catalogues.

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Internet Retailing in Japan - Category analysis

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Internet retailing maintains strong growth
Cross-border internet retailing “to” Japan remains low
Cross-border internet retailing “from” Japan draws attention

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Aeon struggling to found digital platform
Seven & I looking to develop synergies through omnichannel strategy
Homeshopping retailers increase internet retailing ratio

CHANNEL DATA

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

DEFINITIONS

SOURCES

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