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New Business Co-Creation Program|Creation of services and development of new businesses to support the distribution and retail industry

Aegis Kyushu Corporation, an Aegis Group company that provides a variety of services as outsourcing, including inventory, refurbishment, replenishment, and research, to customers in the chain store and distribution retail industry, is holding an accelerator program. The company is seeking startup collaboration proposals to develop and provide new services. The deadline for applications is December 3.

What is the background of the co-creation program?

We are a member of the Aegis Group and provide services in the Kyushu and Chugoku areas.
Aegis Group provides a variety of services as outsourcing, including inventory, refurbishment, replenishment, and research to chain store and distribution retail customers.

In recent years, the needs for outsourcing have steadily increased due to the volatility of the distribution and retail industry, a shrinking workforce, stores being open 24 hours a day, and longer operating hours.

In this program, we would like to work with startup companies to develop and provide new services that support customers in the chain store and distribution retail industry in order to make such distribution retail industry an industry that will continue to grow sustainably in the future.

We would also like to co-create new businesses outside of the chain store and distribution retail industry.

Outline of "Aegis Kyushu New Business Co-Creation Program

▶︎ Application deadline: Sunday, December 3, 2023, 20:00
▶︎ Target companies: all domestic and international startups. Any industry.
▶︎ Participation fee: Free
▶︎ Organized by Aegis Kyushu Co.

What we want to achieve with the Co-Creation Program

Creation of businesses that solve regional and social issues

The greatest strength of the Aegis Group is its network of approximately 10,000 employees and 2,500 client stores that it has built through the provision of outsourcing services. We would like to consider developing new businesses with startup companies that can bridge this strength with solutions to local and social issues.

1. business that works together with client stores to solve local and social issues
2. new entrants into industries and jobs where there is or will be a shortage of workers
3. business that contributes to performance and results through the quantity and number of human resources
Business that contributes to the acceleration of start-up companies' business through human resources

2. digitalization and productivity improvement of operations related to inventory and store remodeling

Our core business is outsourcing inventory and store remodeling services for chain store and distribution retail clients. We are looking for services and solutions to digitize these operations and improve the efficiency and productivity of each operation.

1. digital inventory solution:
 Real-time data collection and analysis
 Optimization of inventory status (identification and advice on inventory shortages and excesses)

2. store renovation project management:
 Planning, execution and monitoring of store renovation projects
 Real-time sharing of progress, problem detection, and problem solving
 Visualization and schedule reflection of store design linked with VR/AR

3. AI and Data Analytics:.
 AI-based inventory management tools (demand forecasting and inventory optimization support)
 Inventory data analysis and strategic support
 Data-driven dashboards and reports

Digital training and support: 4.
 Digital tools training for employees
 Accurate data entry and project management assurance
 Support Desk and Online Resources

3. development of services in line with trends and changes in the distribution and retail industry

The distribution and retail industry is undergoing a variety of changes, including unmanned and labor-saving operations, the use of customer data, and the integration of online and offline sales. We are looking for services and solutions to respond to these trends and changes and provide more value to end users (consumers) in the distribution and retail industry.

1. digital experience improvement: 1.
 Personalization through the use of customer data
 Customize your online store
 Providing recommended products
 Improved website usability
 Application Development

AI-based customer support: 2.
 Improved communication through artificial intelligence (AI)
 Automatic Response System
 Quick problem resolution

3. inventory management and supply chain optimization:.
 Improved inventory and supply chain efficiencies
 Integration of online and offline sales channels
 Minimize inventory shortages and excess inventory
 Provide prompt service to end-users.

4. sustainability and environmental considerations:.
 Eco-friendly products and recycling programs
 Provide information emphasizing environmental contributions
 Responding to sustainability-conscious consumers

4. development of services for manufacturers and vendors

We intend to become a company that supports the industry by starting to develop services for manufacturers and vendors who support the upstream processes of the distribution and retail industry as a new customer target.

Manufacturers and vendors would like to conduct sales activities to increase their product market share while performing shelf shifting operations in their retail stores, but due to staff shortages, they face challenges in both work and sales capabilities. However, due to staff shortages, the vendor is facing challenges in both work and sales capabilities. To cover these challenges, employees with different roles are sometimes unable to perform their original duties, but are instead performing shelf shifting work, which has caused further problems, such as delays in sales plans sent to the headquarters.

There are also issues such as retailers not implementing the display according to the determined shelf allocation in the first place, or not being able to do so due to human resource issues, and we are looking for services and solutions to solve such issues.

1. reinforce the brand image in real stores and provide value to consumers
2. support nationwide promotions and plan promotions with regional characteristics
3. develop services using our nationwide resources and sales offices/vehicles

Aegis Kyushu's management resources (resources) that startups can utilize

Strengths of the Aegis Group in Figures

Aegis boasts outstanding resources and a dominant presence in the domestic inventory industry, with the No. 1 market share. Its outstanding achievements include

In addition, Aegis has established a global network, providing services in eight countries.
These resources and track record keep Aegis at the forefront of the industry and continue to provide value to its clients.

Domestic inventory industry share 77%.
Domestic inventory repeat rate: 98
Number of customers: More than 2,500 companies in Japan and overseas
Service Area 47 Prefectures
Number of sales offices: 88
Total number of stores serviced during the year: 210,000
More than 10,000 employees in Japan
Global Network 8 countries

Technology and know-how

In providing solutions, Aegis identifies issues on the sales floor, proposes action plans while taking risks into consideration, and operates a one-stop PDCA cycle.

On the outsourcing side, we provide services for both routine and non-routine work, offering the value of improved accuracy and productivity and store satisfaction, given the increasingly competitive landscape and the importance of focusing on regular operations.

In addition, through our problem-solving approach, Aegis focuses on the actual situation on the ground to identify specific challenges for our clients. This allows us to leverage our many accomplishments and work with our clients to continuously execute the PDCA cycle to achieve sustainable results.

Human Resources

Aegis has a nationwide team of professionals with specialized skills and knowledge to provide high quality services.

With regard to human resources, the Aegis Group places great importance on human resources and provides opportunities for professionals to maximize their potential through employee development programs and an enhanced working environment.

This helps us to meet the expectations of our clients by providing a staff with the technical skills and expertise to flexibly meet their diverse needs and deliver high quality technology, knowledge, and mannerisms.
Aegis provides the best human resources to meet our clients' requirements and improve the quality and efficiency of our services.

Enthusiasm for the Program

We were the first company in Japan to launch an inventory business in 1978. Since then, for more than 40 years, we have been striving to provide services that meet our clients' needs, mainly in the distribution and retail industries. We have developed a variety of services, and as a reliable partner to our clients, we have provided services that support their growth strategies. In this context, we would like to co-create and collaborate with startup companies to establish new business models. We look forward to working with you.

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