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Innovative Services for Reducing Environmental Impacts

MARUI GROUP shall utilize its unique platform, which combines its strengths in IT and logistics, in its Retailing and FinTech businesses to develop innovative services that deliver new forms of convenience, addressing social change and customer needs while also reducing environmental impacts.

Social Contributions through Try-on Stores

Try-on stores, an initiative conducted over the period from September 2015 to September 2020, represented a new business model unique to MARUI GROUP that took advantage of the framework of internet sales. These stores were opened as short-term events in commercial facilities located in Hiroshima, Gifu, Nagoya, and other parts of Japan that lay outside of the areas served by Marui stores.Try-on stores focus on just that, allowing customers to freely try on product samples.

When making purchases, customers can use one of the stores’ dedicated tablets or a smartphone app to order a product and have it sent to their home free of charge.

Reduction Benefits of Short-Term Event Try-on Store

Introduction of AutoStore in Distribution Centers Supporting E-Commerce Operations

In October 2017, the AutoStore robotic warehouse system was switched on at the Misato Web Sales Distribution Center of MOVING CO., LTD., the distribution company tasked with supporting MARUI GROUP's e-commerce operations. This system allows for around 27,000 specialized storage containers to be arranged in stacks of 12, eliminating wasted space and tripling warehouse storage efficiency. Moreover, while the task of retrieving products was previously carried out by people, who had to walk to collect products, AutoStore performs this task with robots that carry products to the "port," where humans perform their work. As a result, employees are almost never required to transport products into or out of the storage area, greatly reducing the amount of work needed to be performed by people.

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