ShopChat Launches World’s 1st Shopping Keyboard; Rakuten Funding

ShopChat Launches World’s First Shopping Keyboard & Raises Funding from Rakuten ShopChat attracts 100,000 beta users by combining two of the most popular mobile activities,chatting and shopping, into a new chat commerce platform, an alternative to struggling shopping bots SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., 2017-Mar-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Message commerce startup ShopChat today emerged from […]

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Rakuten and AirMap teams up to provide Unmanned Traffic Management solutions to drone operators and airspace managers in Japan

Rakuten AirMap, Inc. will open the skies for Japan’s growing drone ecosystem Tokyo, Japan, 2017-Mar-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc., a leader in internet services and global innovation headquartered in Japan, and AirMap, the world’s leading airspace management platform for drones, today announced the launch of a joint venture, Rakuten AirMap, Inc. The […]

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Rakuten launches “Rakupa” a parking space sharing service that connects parking spaces owners with drivers looking to park

Tokyo, 2017-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. today announced the launch of “Rakupa,” a parking space sharing service that provides a platform to connect owners of unused parking spaces with drivers looking to park. With Rakupa, owners of buildings and homes can register their unused parking spaces, which drivers can then search for […]

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Rakuten and Marubeni Power Retail Corporation to enhance their services for low-voltage power users

Tokyo, 2017-Jan-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. and Marubeni Power Retail Corporation today (January 19, 2017) entered a comprehensive business alliance agreement on the promotion of purchases and utilization of electricity and other commodities for low-voltage power. Through the agreement, the areas of the partnership will be expanded into the various services offered […]

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Rakuten enhances services with Rakuten Point Card and Rakuten Edy e-money service now compatible with Android Pay™ service

Tokyo, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc., and Rakuten Edy, Inc. today announced that the Rakuten Point Card shared point card service and Rakuten Edy e-money service have been made compatible with the Android Pay™ service, which will launch in Japan from December 13. Android Pay™ is a digital wallet service provided by Google […]

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JAPAN: Rakuten, ACSL and NTT DOCOMO carried out demonstration experiment of drone-based delivery system utilizing LTE

Tokyo, 2016-Nov-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc., Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory Ltd. (ACSL) and NTT DOCOMO, INC. today (November 22, 2016) announced that the three companies have successfully carried out a demonstration experiment of a drone-based delivery system utilizing LTE in the National Strategic Special Zone of Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture. In the latest […]

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Rakuten becomes main sponsor of FC Barcelona from the 2017-2018 season

Rakuten becomes main sponsor of FC Barcelona from the 2017-2018 season   Rakuten will appear on the front of the team jersey and become the Global Innovation and Entertainment Partner for the next four seasons, starting July 1, 2017 Tokyo, 2016-Nov-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) today (November 16, 2016) announced it […]

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Rakuten opens its online store on 11STREET, one of South Korea’s leading online marketplaces

Tokyo, 2016-Oct-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc., operator of Japan’s largest online shopping mall Rakuten Ichiba, today announced the opening of a Rakuten online flagship store on 11STREET, one of South Korea’s leading online marketplaces. The newly launched store aims to provide South Korean consumers with high quality and popular merchandise from Japan. At […]

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Rakuten announces the launch of beauty-subscription service, RAXY

Tokyo, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. today (October 5, 2016) announced the launch of RAXY, a beauty-subscription service. RAXY will start accepting registration for the service from today. Registered users will receive a box of assorted cosmetics and beauty products, carefully selected by beauty experts based on the season and the latest […]

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Rakuten listed in 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Asia/Pacific Index for the first time

Tokyo, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been selected for the first time as an index component for the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), as one of the top-ranking companies from the Retailing category for the Asia/Pacific regional index. In recent years, interest in investment based […]

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Rakuten acquires 100% stake in Fablic, inc. provider of consumer-to-consumer marketplace mobile app FRIL

Tokyo, 2016-Sep-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) announced that it has acquired a 100% stake in Fablic, inc., provider of FRIL, a consumer-to-consumer (C2C) marketplace mobile app and has made the company a wholly-owned subsidiary. The acquisition price is undisclosed. The C2C e-commerce market continues to shift toward mobile services that make […]

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Rakuten launches service offering unlimited streaming of music for a fixed rate — “Rakuten Music”

Tokyo, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) today announced the launch of “Rakuten Music,” a service offering unlimited streaming of music for a fixed rate through an iOS or Android app. Rakuten Music was designed and developed as a “one-stop music service” allowing users to listen to and buy music seamlessly. Registered […]

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Rakuten to include recognition for same-sex partners in its internal corporate policies

Tokyo, 2016-Jul-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. today announced a revision to the definition of “spouse” under its internal employment regulations to include recognition for same-sex partners. The revision was approved at a Board of Directors meeting held on July 22, 2016. Rakuten, which will celebrate 20 years since its founding next year, has […]

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Rakuten announces management appointments

TOKYO, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. (4755: Tokyo) today announced the following personnel appointment as approved by its Board of Directors. Management Change (Effective July 1, 2016) ■Name: Kenji Hirose ■New Title: CCO, Group Managing Executive Officer ■Previous Title: Director, EU RHO ■Name: Akio Sugihara ■New Title: CPO, Group Executive Vice President ■Previous […]

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Rakuten announces transition to internal company-system based organization

Maximizing customer satisfaction by driving responsiveness to user and partner needs through organizational change Tokyo, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten today announced completion of the transition to an organization based on an internal company-system, an initiative designed to drive responsiveness to user and partner needs, delivering assured service quality and maximizing customer satisfaction in a […]

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Rakuten invests in remote farming service provider Telefarm as part of the agriculture reforms it intends to promote

Aiming to contribute to regional revitalization with agriculture support through the internet Tokyo, 2016-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. (TOKYO: 4755) today announced that it has invested in remote farming service provider Telefarm Co., Ltd. Since September 2010, Telefarm has been providing a remote cultivation service for organic vegetables which incorporates gamification. The company […]

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Rakuten opens online store on Kaola.com

Hangzhou, China, 2016-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kaola, the e-commerce and cross-border platform of Chinese Internet services leader NetEase, Inc., and Rakuten, Inc., operator of Japan’s largest Internet shopping mall Rakuten Ichiba, today announced the signing of an agreement to partner on a strategic collaboration to bring the best of branded Japanese goods to Chinese […]

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eBay Korea’s Gmarket joins forces with Japan’s largest internet mall Rakuten

San Jose, California, 2016-May-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Under the agreement, Gmarket will launch a flagship store on Rakuten Ichiba – its Japanese platform – featuring boutique shops that will offer Korean fashion and beauty products to Rakuten’s membership base of more than 100 million users. eBay Korea’s Gmarket has joined forces with Japan’s largest […]

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