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Convenience stores and well-being of young Japanese consumers

David Marshall (Business School, University of Edinburgh , Edinburgh, UK)

International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management

ISSN: 0959-0552

Article publication date: 26 October 2018

Issue publication date: 31 July 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to look at perceptions of young Japanese consumers towards the convenience store, or konbini, with a view to understanding what attracts them to this retail format and exploring well-being in a new way that is more relevant the retail experience.

Design/methodology/approach

The study looks at the emergence of the konbini as part of the Japanese food retail environment and reports on an online survey (n=453) of young Japanese consumer’s (>18 years old) attitudes towards this retail format.

Findings

The preliminary analysis of the data finds the konbini is a popular choice for young consumers for specific types of everyday goods. The main appeal lies in the ease of access, location of the stores and the ambience of the space that appeal to young consumer’s sense of well-being.

Research limitations/implications

This is a purposeful sample of young Japanese consumers surveyed across several academic institutions.

Practical implications

Konbini must continue to innovate to attract young consumer while acknowledging the implications of their stocking policy on consumer well-being.

Originality/value

This offers a unique insight into the ways in which young Japanese consumers avail themselves of the food retail provision and provides a broader perspective on well-being in a retail environment that resonates with consumer practice.

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Acknowledgements

Thanks are extended to all those who completed the on-line survey and to the friends and colleagues who assisted with the data collection.

Citation

Marshall, D. (2019), "Convenience stores and well-being of young Japanese consumers", International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, Vol. 47 No. 6, pp. 590-604. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJRDM-08-2017-0182

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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