According to The Asahi Shimbun, those feeling a bit famished at work will soon be able to snap up a desired snack from about 50 items offered on a Lawson Inc. stack of shelves equipped with a self-service checkout terminal.
The major convenience store chain will start offering installation type "convenience stores" for offices in Tokyo’s 23 wards, it announced July 3.
About 1,000 cashless "Petit Lawson" shelving sets are scheduled to be installed by February 2018. Customers pay using cards such as Pasmo and Suica.
Lawson will not charge offices for installing the shelving.
Similar services have already been supplied by competitors such as Osaka-based snack maker Ezaki Glico Co., which has been rolling out “Office Glico” since 2002.
Also, FamilyMart Co. has been installing “Office Famima” since 2013 in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture. They have about a thousand installed.
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