Lawson Starts Testing Late-Night Labor-Saving Operations

Economy Science Technology

Tokyo, Aug. 23 (Jiji Press)--Major Japanese convenience store chain Lawson Inc. <2651> on Friday started testing late-night labor-saving operations at an outlet in the city of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, in an attempt to deal with labor shortages.

The test will last for some six months at the store in Yokohama's Isogo Ward.

During the test hours, from midnight to 5 a.m., one staff member handles product management and other works in the storage room, while the selling space is unstaffed.

Customers make payments via self-service check-out counters and other means.

Sales of alcohol and cigarettes, which require age verification, are suspended at the store for the five-hour period.

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