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Started offering the "Import Sales Agency and Exclusive Sales Business Package" service for small businesses and SMEs.

Chat GPT Comes to the Forefront! New businesses in different industries that will be profitable for the next 20 years


Applause Corporation (2-15-1, Konan 2-15-1, Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Taizo Ueda) has released the "Import Sales Agency and Exclusive Sales Business Package" targeting small businesses of about 3 to 300 employees to meet the increasing needs for new business start-ups. The new package is targeted at small businesses ranging in size from 3 to 300 employees.

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We are in the midst of what is called the 4th Industrial Revolution. It is clear that Japan's automobile exports will drastically decrease as gasoline-powered vehicles, which are highly precise and have many parts, are replaced by EVs, and this will have a tremendous impact. As a response to this situation, we will offer a new business start-up service for corporations (during weekdays) and sole proprietors (on weekends) that can be started with no experience and, if nurtured, can aim for a business scale that could become a mainstay of the company.

The new service provides a one-stop import business start-up service from business planning and overseas product development to sales. We will help you achieve profitability in a short period of time.

We operate as a trading company with a business scope that spans importers and retailers. We also share our own operational know-how and sales channels, and by packaging the relevant services, we release them as a business that can be monetized in as little as 4 months for the fastest companies.

If requesting consulting firms or purchasing only functions and services is "building up to a goal," our company is like a "puzzle" that shares and reproduces the services and operational know-how used in the actual operation of import trading companies with our client companies. Because we can see the finished product, there are fewer strays and setbacks, and we keep time and costs low, which distinguishes us from conventional consulting services and makes us the first and most feasible option in Japan.

President Ueda, the representative of the company, is from the Toyota Tsusho Group and has experience in domestic and overseas operations of Toyota Motor Corporation and other Toyota Group companies such as Toyota Industries Corporation, Toyota Industries Corporation and Denso Corporation. As a trilingual person who understands machines, he says he can win the trust of manufacturers by providing Toyota kaizen guidance to overseas manufacturers. He has been involved with a number of suppliers, including parts manufacturers, and has worked hard to create a business that can respond to the impending changes in the environment. For about seven years, we have been searching for a suitable business, and we have been trying and verifying through a trial-and-error process.

The business concept that allows even inexperienced employees to grow with the support of the head office is based on the business model of 7-Eleven, where he started working as soon as he graduated from university. President Ueda has experience in operations, product planning, and management guidance as a store manager and supervisor at Seven-Eleven Japan, and has a track record of producing blockbuster products that are still selling well. He has experience as a store manager and supervisor at Seven-Eleven Japan, and has experience in operations, product planning, and management guidance, and has produced big-selling products that are still selling well.

In addition to providing a system, we have made it possible to reduce the risk and cost of starting up a new business by up to 90% compared to the funds required to start up a conventional new business by connecting the company with even a sales partner to eliminate the enormous cost of market research if the company is careful, even though there are no guarantees.

In addition, we also provide support to our clients when they face challenges by utilizing our broad experience in different industries and our abilities developed as management consultants and trading company employees.

For clients who are required to employ flesh-and-blood people and utilize human talents, we also provide support for the introduction of labor-saving tools such as DX tools that do not exhaust staff with simple tasks. He says that one of the differences from consulting firms is that we can continue to provide timely and appropriate "onsite needs" because we are actually operating the business.

Our reskilling of human resources and promotion of DX are in line with national guidelines, and we can also take advantage of subsidies and grants provided by the national and local governments. With our support system and track record in these areas, we can be the best partner for short-term optimization.

If each employee is involved in an exciting new business and works hard reskilling for growth, the company's productivity will increase and it will become more attractive to people inside and outside the company. While many small businesses struggle with recruiting, you can also expect to have fun and attract good people to your business on their own. This is far more valuable than wasting money on turnover and job openings.

With the arrival of Chat GPT about a year ago, in December 2022, the number of industries and types of businesses that need to rush to launch new businesses has further expanded. The development of generative AI has been remarkable, and it is said that in the near future there will be a considerable range of industries and business types where the survival of existing businesses will be in jeopardy.

Even in business categories that are not expected to be directly affected, if business partners are affected, not only will sales decline, but there may even be a risk of chain bankruptcy. The declining birthrate and aging population will shrink domestic demand, and factory closures and downsizing will accelerate imports. The earthquake will bankrupt community-based management. Declining automobile exports, a shrinking population, and AI will take away existing businesses in the IT field, which is not their forte. Japan's small and medium-sized enterprises must urgently take countermeasures to be hit by the triple punch.

Considering all these factors, we say that businesses that have been engaged in stable business as subcontract factories, vendors, or service-providing agents of giant manufacturers are the ones that urgently need to launch new businesses.

We believe that it is necessary to find a way to find a way to make a living in a business that is unrelated to existing businesses and that can involve itself with foreign countries. Unlike manufacturing, which requires 10 years of training to become proficient, many import and retail operations can be developed in a short period of time. By outsourcing the work that requires skill, the company will be able to keep the project moving forward, and like the convenience store business, it will become a core business that can coexist with the existing business.

While it is said that many businesses are being driven out of business by the generative AI represented by Chat GPT, this import business model is in a position to take advantage of generative AI in marketing and make it an ally.

Applause, Inc. is one of the earliest companies in Japan to incorporate the world's most advanced marketing skills from the U.S., and also sells courses that embody the most advanced U.S. skills to individual businesses.

7-Eleven, Inc. introduced cutting-edge IT tools by turning lifestyle-oriented businesses in towns that were the furthest removed from IT into franchisees, and then having the headquarters break them down into a system that shopkeepers could use.

The company's long-term goal is to raise the bar for small and medium-sized businesses by following suit, incorporating cutting-edge knowledge into each client's business operations, and encouraging stable growth over the long term.

For more information on consulting fees and support, a Zoom business presentation will be held as described below. As for a sense of cost, the fee is set to start from as little as hiring one new employee on a monthly basis. The hurdle is low, so we recommend that you first listen to what we have to say.

■Outline of New Business Briefing

Description: Merits and successes of new businesses in different industries with specific examples,

      Explanation of application

Benefit : 1 on 1 business strategy consultation (to be held on a different date)

Dates : February 14 (Wed), 15 (Thu), 17 (Sat), 22 (Thu), 24 (Sat), 29 (Thu)

      March 7 (Thu), 9 (Sat), 14 (Thu), 16 (Sat), 21 (Thu), 23 (Sat),

       Thursday, 28th

Lecturer: Taizo Ueda

Format: Zoom

Capacity: 100 people

Admission: Free

Registration: You can register at the reservation site by clicking the registration button at the following URL


Company Profile

Company name: Applause, Inc.

Representative Director: Taizo Ueda

Location: 28F, Shinagawa Intercity Tower A, 2-15-1 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Establishment : August, 2017

Business : Various imports and exports, import and wholesale of APPLAUSE brand products, service and product agency,

       Consulting business, business school operation,

       Advertising agency business, design, various subsidy application agency business



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