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First Meeting of the Study Group on the Distribution Industry and Inflation to be Held

June 29, 2022

On Monday, July 4, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold the first meeting of the Study Group on the Distribution Industry and Inflation, in order to discuss approaches to overcoming the current inflation, including how the retail industry should utilize DX and streamline and rationalize its operations.

The worsening international situation is causing the costs of raw materials, energy, and logistics to skyrocket and driving up prices as a result. This could have a particularly serious impact on the public’s everyday consumption because of the effect on the retail industry that provides essential commodities.
In order to provide consumers with commodities in a stable manner even in the face of higher inflation, METI has established the Study Group on the Distribution Industry and Inflation in order to discuss the current issues regarding distribution and supply chains, and how to approach matters such as promoting DX. The first meeting is going to be held as outlined below.
In addition, METI is holding a "Super-DX Contest" to help speed up DX in the distribution industry, inviting distribution tech companies including startups to submit proposals toward solving the problems facing the distribution industry and supply chains. The study group is also going to review the submitted ideas, and award commendations for the excellent ones.

1. Date and time

July 4, 2022 (Mon.), 14:00-16:30

2. Venue

Combination of in-person participation (using the International Conference Rooms [namely West 2 and 3 on the 17th floor of METI Main Building]) and online (via Microsoft Teams)

3. Agenda

1. Recent economic trends and their impact on consumption
2. The current situation and issues surrounding the retail industry
3. Presenting discussion points and exchanging views
4. About holding the Super-DX Contest

4. Members

5. Other information

To watch the study group's meeting online, please enter your name, email address, company name, and other details in the registration form below by 12:00 on Friday, July 1. Once you have registered, METI will contact you with instructions on how to watch the event. Please note that depending on the technical conditions, there may be temporary issues with video or sound quality.
Registration Form: URL外部リンク (Japanese)

Division in Charge

Consumer Affairs, Distribution and Retail Industry Division, Commerce
and Service Industry Policy Group