Category:Consumer electronics retailers of Japan
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The following 10 pages are in this category, out of 10 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 10 pages are in this category, out of 10 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Panasonic – Panasonic Corporation, formerly known as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. is a Japanese multinational electronics corporation headquartered in Kadoma, Osaka, Japan. The company was founded in 1918 and has grown to one of the largest Japanese electronics producers alongside Sony, Hitachi, Toshiba. In addition to electronics, it offers non-electronic products and services such as home renovation services, Panasonic is the worlds fourth-largest television manufacturer by 2012 market share. Panasonic has a listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the Nikkei 225. It has a listing on the Nagoya Stock Exchange. From 1935 to October 1,2008, the name was Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. On January 10,2008, the announced that it would change its name to Panasonic Corporation, in effect on October 1,2008. The name change was approved at a meeting on June 26,2008 after consultation with the Matsushita family. Panasonic was founded in 1918 by Kōnosuke Matsushita as a vendor of duplex lamp sockets, in 1927, it began producing bicycle lamps, the first product which it marketed under the brand name National. After the war, Panasonic regrouped as a Keiretsu and began to supply the boom in Japan with radios and appliances. Matsushitas brother-in-law, Toshio Iue, founded Sanyo as a subcontractor for components after World War II, Sanyo grew to become a competitor to Panasonic, but was later acquired by Panasonic in December 2009. In 1961, Konosuke Matsushita traveled to the United States and met with American dealers, the company began producing television sets for the U. S. market under the Panasonic brand name, and expanded the use of the brand to Europe in 1979. The company used the National brand outside of North America from the 1950s to the 1970s, the company also developed a line of home appliances such as rice cookers for the Japanese and Asian markets. Rapid growth resulted in the company opening manufacturing plants around the world, the company debuted a hi-fidelity audio speaker in Japan in 1965 with the brand Technics. This line of high quality stereo components became worldwide favorites, the most famous products being its turntables, such as the SL-1200 record player, known for its high performance, precision and durability. In 1973, Matsushita formed a joint venture with Anam Group, in 1983, Matsushita launched the Panasonic Senior Partner, the first fully IBM PC compatible Japanese-made computer. In November 1990, Matsushita agreed to acquire the American media company MCA Inc. for US$6.59 billion, Matsushita subsequently sold 80% of MCA to Seagram Company for US$7 billion in April 1995. In 1998, Matsushita sold Anam National to Anam Electronics, on May 2,2002, Panasonic Canada marked its 35th anniversary in that country by giving $5-million to help build a music city on Torontos waterfront
2. Yodobashi Camera – Yodobashi Camera Co. Ltd. is a major Japanese retail chain specializing in electronics, PCs, cameras and photographic equipment. Yodobashi Cameras sales rank fourth among consumer electronics retailers in Japan, after Yamada Denki, Bic Camera. There are 23 stores operating as of October 2015, in recent years the online shopping platform has been developed to become the second largest in Japan only behind Amazon. Yodobashi Camera headquarters is located in an area, north Shinjuku. Yodobashi Camera was founded by Akikazu Fujisawa in 1960, the original product line up focused on cameras and photographic equipment. The stores were in small buildings at prime locations in front of train stations with heavy footfall. Catchy, simple versions of the songs in Yodobashi Camera TV commercials were played in the stores, the store name always included Shinjuku Station West Entrance when mentioned to promote as sense of familiarity in potential customers unfamiliar with the location. There was also the advantage of being able to compare products, the Yodobashi Camera product range expanded significantly over time to include home electronics, PCs, audio visual equipment, toys, branded goods and reading material. 1960 – Started off as Fujisawa Shashin Shokai 1974 – Changed its name to Yodobashi Camera Co. Ltd. 1975 – Shinjuku Nishiguchi Store opens 1989 – Publishes Yodobashi Point Card 1998 – Internet shopping store opens 2005 – Akiba megastore location opens There are 15 stores in the Kanto region. Each store is located in proximity to a train station, with the company embracing a rail-side strategy of being convenient. Other companies in the such as Bic Camera and Yamada Denki under the LABI banner use the same strategy. In most cases, with exceptions such as Yodobashi Nagoya, Yodobashi Camera acquires land. Yodobashis inventory and distribution functions have been optimized using a large distribution network that began with YAC Kawasaki in Tonomachi in 2005. YAC is an acronym for Yodobashi Assembly Center, the location of the first ever store is the current Multimedia East Building. Since the 1980s, surrounding buildings have been purchased for expansion with repeated renovations to combine multiple buildings into a single entity. Differences in the heights of the floor surfaces remain as a reminder of the buildings that have been combined to create the superstore. This is particularly noticeable in the Multimedia North Building with the largest area that was converted from an office building
3. Best Denki – Best Denki Co. Ltd. is a Japanese electronics retailer with outlets across Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Kuwait. They also operated in Hong Kong from late 1980s to 2011, Best Denki headquarters is located in Fukuoka. Previously, in Singapore and Hong Kong, it was known as Yaohan Best, after Yaohans bankruptcy, the store was changed to its current name. The store has also a sector that does repair, transportation of goods. Best Denki entered Hong Kongs market during the half of the 1980s. When Yaohan declared bankruptcy in 1997, it was spared from liquidation since all the goods and their stores in New Town Plaza and Tuen Mun Town Plaza were allowed to continue their operation on their original locations. Since 1 June 2011, all of Best Denkis business in the territory was acquired by Suning Citicall
4. Don Quijote (store) – Don Quijote is a discount chain store that has over 160 locations throughout Japan as well as three stores in Hawaii. It carries a range of products, from basic groceries to electronics to clothing. The store is known in Japan and is often referred to by its shortened name Donki. Distinctly, Don Quijote tends to keep very late hours for Japanese retailing, Don Quijote opened its first store in Suginami, Tokyo in September 1980 under its original name, Just Co. Originally a retail store, Just Co. quickly switched to wholesale in 1982, the company opened its first Don Quijote named store in Fuchu, Tokyo in March 1989. With the name change, the store changed its primary business from wholesale to retail. It was not until 1995, six years later, that Just Co. followed suit and it changed its corporate to Don Quijote Co, in June 1998, the company was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. As one of the few discount stores in Japan, the end of the Japanese economic bubble did not have disastrous effects for Don Quijote. Instead, the economic uncertainty caused the Japanese public to become more thrifty. In 2005, idol group AKB48 opened its theater on the floor of the Don Quijote Akihabara Outlet in Tokyo. In 2013, Don Quijote purchased Marukai Corporation U. S. A. including stores in Hawaii, Don Quijote is known for the distinctive song that plays in its stores. The song is called Miracle Shopping sung by Maimi Tanaka, a Don Quijote store employee, Miracle Shopping was released as a maxi single in 1999. In December 2004, four stores in the Kantō area were damaged or destroyed by arson attacks, three store employees, Morio Oshima,39, Mai Koishi,20, and Maiko Sekiguchi,19, died in the first arson incident. In 2007, Noriko Watanabe,49, was guilty of setting the fires. Don Quijote received harsh criticism at the time for poor store layout that made it difficult to find exits, in 2005, Don Quijote began building a half-pipe roller coaster on the roof of its eight story Roppongi store. The project was completed in 2006 but due to increasing pressure from concerned groups in the area it has never been operated, as of 2016, the structure still exists. Don Quijote has not announced future plans they have for it. Don Quijote purchased the Marukai Japanese chain stores in USA in 2013, splitting it into Marukai
5. Yamada Denki – Yamada-Denki Co. Ltd. is one of the largest consumer electronics retailer chains in Japan. Some of its stores also sell products, such as books. The company was founded in 1973 as a privately owned store, Yamada Denki Co. Ltd. was established in 1983. Yamada Denki is listed in the first division of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the head office is scheduled to move to Takasaki, Gunma in 2007. In February 2005, the company achieved sales figures of 1 trillion yen, at the end of 2004, the company had 223 directly run stores across Japan, and 33 stores owned by subsidiaries, a total of 256 stores. It aims to further by branching out into small-scale retail and retail in the areas close to train stations. There is a rivalry between Yamada Denki and Kojima, another major retailer of consumer electronics, with its head office in the neighboring prefecture of Tochigi. Sales competition between the two has often caused sparks to fly, and sometimes disputes have ended up in court. In Shizuoka, in June 2005, Yamada Denki made news by opening a store next to the Kojima store on National Route 1, Suruga-ku, there are several other stores next to Kojima stores. Kojima then opened a New Kumagaya store, more than twice the size, since the 1990s, competition between the stores has been so tight that other rivals are unable to come close. At one point during the time when it was called Gigas Kansai, Gigas opened a store, the competition in the consumer electronics field is still continuing at present. Before Yamada Denki brought in its point system, it set up a store to test the system, using the name Digital 21 rather than Tecc Land, in Adachi-ku. In Okayama, a Tecc Land store was closed and renovated to turn it into the Digital 21 Okayama store, when points were introduced, the rate for books was 5%, but it was later lowered to 3%. In June 2004, the main Hiroshima store was opened in the district of Hiroshima. Based on the knowhow acquired from this test, LABI1 Namba was opened in 2006, the opening hours of the main Hiroshima store and LABI1 Namba are from 10 a. m. to 10 p. m. the longest of any Yamada Denki stores in the country. In August 2005, the bought land in front of the east exit of Takasaki Station through Shimizu Corporation. This was scheduled to be completed in 2007, becoming the location of a city store. In November 2005, Yamada Denki, together with the Kagawa Prefecture supermarket Marunaka, Dynamite was transformed into a franchise, and its major stores were changed to Tecc Land stores
6. Bic Camera – Bic Camera Inc is a consumer electronics retailer chain in Japan. Currently, it has 41 stores in Japan and it has a 15% stake in Best Denki and a wholly owned subsidiary, Sofmap. It also has restaurants on the 6th and 7th floors
7. Deodeo – DEODEO Corporation is one of the largest consumer electronics retailer chains based in Hiroshima, Japan. The company was established in 1947 called Daiichi Sangyo Kabushiki-gaisha well known as Daiichi in Hiroshima and they changed their store name to Daiichi in 1977 and the company name was renamed to Kabushiki-gaisha Daiichi in 1986. In 1997 they had current name DEODEO and moved their office from Hiroshima to Hatsukaichi. The company founded eden Group with EDION Corporation, MIDORI DENKA Corporation and Kurashino Design, name changed to Edion one or two years ago. Their head store is in Kamiya-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima,28 stores in Kyūshū and Okinawa. DEODEO Athletic Club for Women Midori Fumoto Takako Kotorida Sponsorship of Sanfrecce Hiroshima DEODEO edion Group