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What can convenience stores and supermarkets do to reduce the amount of food waste?

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Set up soup kitchens for the homeless.

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Donate the food to Second Harvest Japan.

http://2hj.org/

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A big step would be to change the feelings of entitlement of customers to always (24/7) have fresh produce on demand.

And for businesses to accept it's ok to say "sorry we've sold out until tomorrow".

But this would require a monumental shift in the social structure.

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Major markdowns towards the late evening. Markdowns in the early morning for food from yesterday. People love a bargain.

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Sell smaller portions at higher prices.

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I saw on TV some combini put soon-to-be-expired food on the internet, but take them off shelves. People check it through an App, and buy it for 50% off.

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Take off expiration dates for starters, or at least "best before dates". Surely there is a way staff can know when something has reached a point of no return. Japanese customers are far too finicky.

Also, stop lining the shelves every couple of hours. Order a very limited amount, and when it runs out, tough. I know it will be inconvenient for some people if there's only a salmon rice ball left and not the kelp they wanted (or the other way around), but if it reduces waste be even a small percentile than it's worth it. The amount of waste is probably the worst in the world here in terms of food thrown away. Probably not on a household basis, but definitely at supermarkets (with the ready-made stuff) and convenience stores.

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Take off expiration dates for starters, or at least "best before dates". 

Uh, no thanks. I don't want to buy something a week after the best before date.

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I second the soup kitchen and major markdowns late in the evening option. A bakery near where I live would have people wait and line up until the bakery nears its "closing sale" and just buy up any bread they could since they're almost at half price. The least they can do is to give away the inedible food scraps to nearby farms or gardeners for fertilizer. In my home, we never throw away food scraps and just bury them in out compost pit.

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Extend the sell-by dates, which are arbitrary and up to the producer or retailer. Contribute items to foodbacnks when they have reached their sell-by dates, and take a tax break based on loss.

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