It was one of those weeks when I couldn’t stop looking at all the Japanese Express locations.
It was just one of the many Japanese Express delivery locations across the country that offered to deliver your beer directly to your door, in person.
The beer delivery concept was born in 2014, when Japan launched its first direct-to-consumer (DTC) beer delivery service.
By then, the company had already been operating in Japan for over two decades, having established itself as a leader in the beverage delivery business in the country.
Japanese Express is now part of Japan’s largest beer delivery network, and the company operates across six provinces.
With its new delivery service, the Japanese drink giant is continuing its expansion into the beverage market, with more than 4,600 locations worldwide and a total of 7,600 drivers.
When I spoke to the company’s head of delivery, Takashi Tanaka, about its new service, I was told that the company is targeting the growing craft beer market, which is now valued at over $10 billion.
He explained that the number of direct-delivery-style beers delivered to customers each day is rising, but that the demand is still there for direct-trade beer delivery.
“We’ve been trying to expand to the craft beer community,” Tanaka said.
At the moment, the beer delivery system operates in six provinces: Honshu, Saitama, Nagasaki, Sakhalin, Okinawa and Hokkaido.
Since opening its second delivery service in Japan, the number one reason customers come to Japanese Express is because of their love for craft beer.
“If you like craft beer, you’re more likely to order from us, because we are more likely than other beer distributors to deliver beer directly from the brewery,” Tanaka explained.
In fact, there are a lot of craft beer enthusiasts in Japan.
According to a survey conducted by the Japan Beer Exchange (JBE), nearly 50 percent of Japanese drinkers say they prefer beer delivered from a Japanese brewery.
But, for some, the convenience of ordering a beer from Japan is becoming increasingly difficult.
A number of customers are having a hard time ordering online, as their ordering preferences change over time.
This is especially true in Hokkaidō Prefecture, where the number-one reason customers leave a restaurant is because they don’t want to wait in line.
For example, if the server is busy, the customer can choose to pay by cash, pay by credit card or by sending money by bank transfer.
Although some customers are being asked to change their preferences, the new service will not affect customers who already choose to order online, according to Tanaka.
If a customer still prefers to pay in cash, the JR Beer Exchange will now also accept debit cards.
That’s because Japanese Express has been known for its convenience, and customers have been clamoring for direct payment options since the new direct-trader service launched.
Japan is a big market for beer, and with a growing craft beverage market is making it easier for Japanese consumers to enjoy craft beer in a more efficient manner.
Beer delivery in Japan is not limited to the United States and Canada.
As of September 2018, Japan had more than 10,000 locations open.
And as we speak, the country is expecting to see an increase in its beer delivery services, as the country’s population continues to grow and more people are moving to the country to work.
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