Seven & i Holdings strives to quickly reopen its establishments and keep them in operation even during disasters as a part of its mission to serve as a community lifeline and fulfill its role as social infrastructure when disasters occur.
The Seven & i Group stores strive to preserve community lifelines during disasters by working quickly to resume and continue operations, as well as providing swift regional relief during disasters along with tap water, restroom facilities, disaster information, and other necessities. For example, at SEJ during the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake that occurred in April 2016, nearly all 7-Eleven stores stayed open, even when the power was out and water cut off, which was greatly appreciated by many customers. Head Office also provided support for stores in the form of product supplies and special assistance for staff members. In preparation for a wide range of situations, we work with the community to fulfill our role as important social infrastructure for daily living.
In addition, Seven & i Holdings has been concluding agreements on assistance with relief provisions and support for evacuees during disasters with local governments, under which it provides material assistance in line with requests from local governments during disasters. All Group stores conduct fundraising activities to assist people affected by disasters and have launched free Wi-Fi service Seven Spot. In July 2017, three Group companies–Seven & i Holdings, SEJ, and IY–were designated as public institutions under the Basic Act on Disaster Control Measures.
As daily initiatives, the stores feature disaster preparedness sections and hold disaster preparedness events and so forth in a bid to raise customers awareness of disasters.
Agreements on relief provisions signed with municipalities(No. of Agreements)
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Seven & i Holdings allows its free Wi-Fi service Seven Spot, located at approximately 20,000 Seven & i Group stores nationwide, to be used on a special basis during emergencies even by people who have not registered as members so that they can confirm the safety of friends and relatives and serve as a line of communication for those who are unable to return home. SEJ has also set up emergency phones that can be used free of charge (special public phones for use during disasters) at a portion of its stores within Tokyo's 23 wards.
SEJ has established tsunami rescue boats at three 7-Eleven stores in Kochi, Aichi, and Shizuoka prefectures in preparation for tsunami and flooding damage caused by an earthquake in the Nankai Trough. These stores are located in where the depth of flooding in the event of a Nankai Trough earthquake is expected to exceed 4.0 m, at which depth buildings are likely to collapse according to announcements by the Cabinet Office. Moreover, there are no points of refuge around the stores and they are expected to suffer considerable damage in the event of a tsunami. The tsunami rescue boats have a capacity of 25 people, and are expected to provide a place of safety for customers, 7-Eleven store staff, and others in the event of a disaster.
Seven & i Holdings compiles a range of information within the Group but we have also joined with business partners to develop the 7VIEW*1 system for providing, sharing, and utilizing disaster information more broadly. The system automatically combines various information sources from external organizations such as the Japan Meteorological Agency and L-Alert*2, as well as Group companies, and layers them onto a map to enable a swift and accurate grasp of disaster conditions without placing a burden on disaster areas. We are continuing to develop the system by forming links between companies, as well as with the national and local governments and public research institutions, to help reestablish supply chains as quickly as possible.
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One of the important priorities of Seven & i Holdings in the area of business continuity in emergencies is maintaining fuel supply networks in the event of a major disaster. We have established a fuel depot at IY's distribution center in Saitama Prefecture that can be used by product delivery trucks to transport emergency provisions, a first for a Japanese retailer.
The depot maintains a permanent supply of 400 kiloliters of fuel, and when a disaster occurs it can be used to deliver emergency provisions and products for up to ten days to evacuation centers in affected regions and elsewhere and to Group stores and establishments in the Tokyo metropolitan area.