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7-Eleven in Taiwan

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With the fourth highest 7-Eleven outlet density in the world,[1] it is not an unusual scene in Taiwan for two 7-Eleven shops to stand face to face across an intersection.[2]

In Taiwan, 7-Eleven is owned by President Chain Store Corporation under Uni-President Enterprises Corporation. The first 7-Eleven convenience store in Taiwan was opened in 1980, however, it was not until 1986 the company began to profit. 7-Eleven is the most popular convenience store in the country; Taiwan is third in the world for number of locations with 4,951 stores on April, 2014.[3] Although the number of 7-Eleven store in Taiwan is fewer than those of the United States and Japan, Taiwan 7-Eleven has one of the highest density of 8.5 km² a store in the world after Macau, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Popularity of 7-Eleven in Taiwan[edit]

There are numerous 7-Eleven stores in Taiwan. It has become a common occurrence for two 7-Eleven stores to be within close walking distance of each other in highly populated neighborhoods.

Services[edit]

7-Eleven offers various services catering to all sorts of customer needs. 7-Elevens in Taiwan provide a wide and ever-changing scope of services depending on the environment and market trends. In addition to selling snacks, food, drinks, tobacco, magazines and other items typically available in a convenience store, 7-Elevens in Taiwan also provide services such as faxing, photo copying, and express mail. Additionally, customers can pay parking fees, traffic fines, and most utility and service bills at 7-Eleven.

Current services available in a 7-Eleven in Taiwan are listed below:

Convenient services

  • Photo development
  • Digital image printing
  • Water bills, electricity bill, gas bill, cablevision bill, parking tickets, motor-bike liability insurance, and mobile phone bill
  • Takkyubin
  • Facsimile transmission
  • Direct marketing shopping service
  • Duskin rental service

Retail Service
• International calling cards and telephone cards
• Booklet for College Examination Center
• Booklet for entrance exam to technological college
• MRT and bus fare cards
• Stamps, envelopes, and post cards

Others

  • Pre-ordered purchases
  • Photocopying
  • DHL
  • Free calls for ringing up radio taxi etc.
  • Cell phone and wireless internet services named "7-mobile" and "7-WiFi" respectively.

Other facts[edit]

In fact, 7-Eleven is so convenient that it has become an integral part of Taiwanese culture. Eighty percent of urban household shoppers in Taiwan visit a convenience store each week.[4] The idea of being able to purchase food items, drinks, and magazines or to send a Takkyubin or a DHL 24 hours a day and at any corner of a street makes life easier for this extremely busy and rushed population.

  • The highest 7-Eleven in the country is at the peak of Mount Ali, 2170 meters above sea level.

References[edit]

  1. Shu, Wei and James Lee (12 February 2014). "Lottery stores outnumber 7-Elevens in Taiwan: broker". Central News Agency. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  2. Map of the two 7-Elevens in the photo
  3. "7-ELEVEN Investor Relations".
  4. 2005 [ACNielsen ShopperTrends]

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