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Japan: 7Eleven Automated ‘Convenience Front Desk 24’ Launch In June

Japan: 7Eleven Automated ‘Convenience Front Desk 24’ Launch In June

The service is Automated Check-In Service for visitors to lodges

Enabling guests to collect and leave room keys 24 hours a day, Seven-Eleven Japan Co. has decided to launch an automated check-in service for minpaku (private lodging businesses).

With the goal to boost convenience for visitors to Japan, the service known as Convenience Front Desk 24, will be launched at some Seven-Eleven stores in Tokyo this June.

In a joint venture with travel agency JTB Corp., a new device for the service has been developed. The device takes photos of the guests’ faces and identification, once they input their booking numbers and other information on the display. Guests will be able to collect keys from dedicated lockers, after their identities are confirmed.

As soon as a related law comes into force to authorize minpaku services across Japan on a full scale, the unit of Seven & i Holdings Co. will introduce the service in phases. By the end of February 2021, the company aims to install the device at 1,000 outlets.

Lawson Inc., among other major convenience stores, has installed dedicated lockers to collect and leave keys for minpaku and car-sharing services at three outlets in Tokyo. A service to issue quick response codes for the electronic keys of minpaku facilities in Okinawa Prefecture, is being offered by FamilyMart Co., a subsidiary of FamilyMart Uny Holdings Co. Source: Japan Times PWKD11052018

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