Seven & i Holdings works in collaboration with local governments to provide public services to alleviate inconvenience for those whose lifestyles are affected by the decrease in social infrastructure such as local government offices, banks, and retail stores.
The Seven & i Group is promoting regional revitalization by concluding comprehensive alliance agreements with local governments in a wide range of fields, including local production for local consumption, senior support, health promotion, and environmental protection. Moreover, we are also moving ahead on concluding “watch over agreements” with local governments to look out for elderly people and so on during regular store operating hours, or through delivery services and collaborating with local governments to respond if irregularities are detected, as well as to promote employment of senior citizens, train Dementia Supporters, and take other measures. In other developments, we have also concluded “supply-support agreements” to prepare for rapid regional support in the event of disasters, and we are also promoting “agreements for supporting people who cannot return home after a disaster” where we provide tap water, access to restrooms, and local information wherever possible.
Number of Comprehensive Alliance Agreements with Local Governments for Each Company
|As of February 28, 2018||As of February 28, 2019||As of February 29, 2020|
|Sogo & Seibu||9||13||
|Seven & i Food Systems||1||1||3|
The Seven & i Group makes use of comprehensive alliance agreements to promote various regional revitalization initiatives with respective local governments. Seven-Eleven Japan recognizes the importance of local flavors and food cultures by developing products that use local ingredients. Ito-Yokado, Sogo & Seibu, York- Benimaru, and other Group companies propose menus using local products and ingredients, helping to support regional revitalization by promoting the appeal of the local area.
In addition, at stores in Chiba Prefecture’s Yachiyo City, York Mart participated in the Yachipan Project—an event for producing and selling bread based on ideas from local high school students carried out as part of the initiatives with local governments—and sold three types of bread.
“1/2 Day of Vegetables! Joshu Flour Okkirikomi”
sold at 7-Eleven stores in the Nagano region
“Flavors Presented by Students of Aomori Chuo Junior College! Jomon Prehistoric Sites Registration Support Bento”
sold at Ito-Yokado stores in Aomori Prefecture
"Fukui Specialty Food Fair"
held at the Seibu Fukui Store
Participated in “Yachipan Project” with two York Mart stores
in Chiba Prefecture’s Yachiyo City
Seven-Eleven Japan’s stores offer a service for issuing copies of residence certificates and seal registration certificates using in-store multifunctional copier machines. Agreements for this service are in place with 717 municipalities (as of February 29, 2020). This service is currently being expanded, as family register certificates can now be issued for 494 municipalities and tax certificates for 503. (Individual Number Cards are required to use the service) This service for Individual Number Card holders is easily operable and can be used even late at night and on holidays, simply by waving the Individual Number Card over a scanner. Private information is given high security protection by a sophisticated dedicated network and special printing prevents forgery and manipulation.
Seven-Eleven Japan’s stores became the first in the industry to offer motorcycle and bicycle insurance enrollment and insurance premium payment services where customers can enroll in insurance 24 hours a day by entering the necessary personal information on the multi-functional copier machine screen in store and paying their premium at the register. (The service is for motor scooters and motorcycles with an engine displacement of 250 cc or less, which do not require a motor vehicle inspection.)
"1 DAY Insurance" providing automotive insurance coverage in one-day increments has been available at all 7-Eleven stores since September 2015, and “1 DAY Leisure Insurance” that provides necessary accident coverage when needed has been available since April 2018. Starting from June 2020, cancer insurance is being sold at all 7-Eleven stores.
Multifunctional copier machines can copy print, issue various types of certificates, and even issue insurance policies.
Seven-Eleven Japan has started using bicycle parking spaces on store grounds as sites for renting and returning shared bicycles. The areas will be expanded in stages, and Seven-Eleven Japan has placed some 3,700 bicycles at 630 stores in the Tokyo Metropolitan region and regional cities during FY2019. This program was launched at Ito-Yokado in June 2018, and Denny’s restaurants in September 2018.
Bicycle sharing allows for bicycles to be rented from any of multiple stations within a certain region. After use, a bicycle need not be returned to the original location and can be returned to the station closest to the user’s destination. Bicycle sharing is expected to supplement public transportation in areas that lack adequate transportation and can play an important role as infrastructure.
A store with a bicycle sharing site
Ito-Yokado and Sogo & Seibu provide facilities within stores to be used free of charge for use as polling booths in cooperation with local governments to provide voters with easily accessible polling booths that are handy to shopping facilities. Local governments seek to increase the voting rate due to the reduction in number of polling booths and decline in voting rate due to the merger of municipalities, in addition to the enactment of the revised Public Offices Election Act, which lowered the voting age to 18. The booths are used to provide easy access to voters while they are shopping. During the fiscal year ended February 28, 2019, polling booths were set up in 25 Ito-Yokado stores and 4 Sogo & Seibu stores, and election promotion activities were conducted in the stores, such as displaying posters, in-store announcements and printing the election date on receipts.
A polling booth set up in an Ito-Yokado store