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Aeon to glean Chinese customer data with online groceries

Japanese retailer to start delivery service in market ahead in AI analysis

Aeon will test an online grocery business in China. Customers will order groceries via smartphone app from about 70 of the company's stores, with Aeon initially delivering items within a 3 km radius in as quickly as an hour.

TOKYO -- Japan's Aeon will launch its own online grocery business in China as early as 2020 to amass and analyze customer data for developing new products and services, with hopes of eventually bringing know-how back home.

Customers will order groceries via a smartphone app developed by Aeon, with the items to be delivered from roughly 70 of its stores nationwide. It will initially deliver items within a 3 km radius in as little as an hour but could expand operations later.

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