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Haneda Logistics Terminal Named Haneda Chronogate!

The Yamato Group considers Asia and Japan to be part of the same economic sphere. As such, the Yamato Group has come to believe that "nodes" are necessary for the seamless flow of goods, money, and information in the region. The "Haneda Logistics Terminal," which begins operating in September 2013, represents one of these "nodes." The terminal will become a base for the Yamato Group to propose the best solution to its corporate clients amid the great changes in the logistics environment surrounding global companies. 
(Reporting and editing by Nikkei BP Consulting Inc.)

Providing Advanced Logistics Services at Land, Sea and Air Hubs

Location is one of the key advantages of the terminal, as it features a gross floor area of 200 thousand square meters situated on a roughly 100 thousand square meter plot of land. Its location at 11-1, Haneda Asahi-cho, Ota-ku, Tokyo is adjacent to Haneda Airport, which is currently expanding the number of international flights. Furthermore, the neighboring Port of Tokyo and Port of Yokohama feature logistics facilities including JR Freight container terminals. Also, the terminal offers easy access to the Metropolitan Expressway and can provide seamless land, sea and air connections both in Japan and internationally. Representative Director and Chairman Kaoru Seto of Yamato Holdings emphasizes, "Haneda is one of the most advantageously situated locations in Japan for logistics." The centralization of the Yamato Group's services and capabilities at this one location will be its major selling point.

The center of the terminal is a six-story logistics building with a gross floor area of approximately 170 thousand square meters. Various companies of the Yamato Group will set up offices there. The centralization of services such as domestic delivery networks, forwarding (import/export cargo process management) and logistics (distribution strategies) will help to achieve speedy and consistent logistics services within Japan and the rest of Asia.
A loop type connection belt vertically integrates the various floors of the building, while a "small articles sorting machine" will also be installed to automate the sorting of irregularly shaped small articles. Also, it will be possible to change operations according to time slot or application, which will improve sorting efficiency. The use of the latest, most advanced facilities and automation will improve cargo processing capacity by about 50% (*). In addition, the Yamato Group has over 200 truck berths (truck landing sites) and foresees that the time and moving distance required for distribution will be minimized. Thanks to automation, personnel and working hours will be reduced by about 44% (*).

* As compared with the Yamato Group's conventional logistics terminals

What is more, the Yamato Group will introduce the latest systems, such as a system for ascertaining intra-terminal cargo quantities and the state of operations, and a system for precisely operating vehicles onsite. After operations fully start, the Yamato Group will offer facility tours to present the Group's "next generation logistics terminal" to client companies.

Centralizing the Yamato Group's Diverse Service Offerings to Make Client Cost Cutting and Lead Time Reduction a Reality

Seto offers the following explanation on the special features of the new terminal: "Though it may look like a warehouse from the outside, almost no cargo will be warehoused there. Cargo will move in and out of terminal around the clock. We will not just move cargo there. Furthermore, we also aim for the terminal to generate added value. For example, we hope to complete the final assembly of parts and components imported from overseas and deliver them just in time (JIT)."
The various companies of the Yamato Group will maintain a presence at the terminal. Four principal services can be offered as a result: "direct shipping services," "global cross dock services," "product/distribution processing services" and "multimodal transport services."

"Direct shipping services" does not refer to the inventory of products imported from overseas and domestic warehouses; rather, this refers to services involving the swift clearing of customs and distribution after arrival. This is tied in with, of course, significant lead time reduction as well as the dramatic reduction of distribution costs thanks to less inventory at client company warehouse facilities.
"Global cross dock services" refers to services involving the sorting and quick shipment of various goods imported from overseas. These services make improvements in inventory turnover rates and significant inventory reductions a reality, and support the establishment of efficient production and sales systems to facilitate speedy responses to the markets in which client companies operate.

"Product/distribution processing services" refers to services that add product processing, kitting, maintenance, and the like to distribution processes both domestically and abroad. After the final processing for product distribution is performed at the terminal, these services support client company operations by making speedy, safe, and reliable deliveries to final destinations including the end-user.
"Multimodal transport services" provide diverse shipping methods to complex domestic and international distribution models. These services use Haneda Airport's location to the greatest extent possible to provide, of course, TA-Q-BIN as well as optimal shipping modes via land, sea or air in meeting client company requirements.

Preserving a Natural Environment Where Children can Play with Kabutomushi Beetles

The terminal facilities will take into consideration both contributions to local communities and global environmental conservation.

For example, with respect to contributions to local communities, the Yamato Group will operate the Swan Café Bakery, which fosters employment opportunities for and supports the self-sufficiency of the physically and mentally challenged. In addition to this, the Yamato Group plans to establish such local resident oriented facilities as gymnasiums and children's day care facilities, while a large open area will also be developed as a summer habitat for kabutomushi (Japanese rhinoceros beetles) to foster children's awareness of the natural environment. This open area will also be used as a recreation area for children and senior citizens as well as an evacuation site during a natural disaster.

With regard to the environment, the Yamato Group will use such energy saving measures as incorporating natural lighting to reduce the amount of electricity needed for illumination within the building, utilization of geothermal energy with little impact on temperature changes to provide electricity for air conditioning and the proactive utilization of solar power generation. Also, it will facilitate pavement cooling by using rainwater as sprinkler water and will promote a zero emissions policy for the entire facility. These various environmental measures are expected to result in approximately a 46% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the facility overall, with an average annual reduction of about 14,000 tons (equivalent to a 3,200 hectare natural beech forest = an area approximately 700 times the size of the Tokyo Dome). Furthermore, with the area surrounding the terminal designated as an advanced environmental zone for TA-Q-BIN pickup and delivery, the Yamato Group will promote the expansion of pickup and delivery using flatcars, "threeters" (power assisted bicycles with rear cars attached) and electric vehicles. The Group's goal is to aim for zero CO2 emissions resulting from pickup and delivery within the zone.

Terminal Name Confirmed as Haneda Chronogate

On January 28, 2011 the Haneda Logistics Terminal was named Haneda Chronogate as a moniker that embodies the terminal's business concept.

Combining the name of the ancient Greek god of time "Chronos" with the term "Gateway" to symbolize its connection to Japan and Asia, the name Haneda Chronogate depicts the start of a new era in logistics as a hub that provides a range of new capabilities as well as possibilities.

Moving forward, the Yamato Group plans to accelerate the growth of its non-delivery businesses further and steadily expand its network presence centered on the Haneda Chronogate hub in order to build a global distribution platform.

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About the Yamato Group

The Yamato Group includes the following companies: Yamato Transport Co., Ltd., which has developed an express delivery network nationwide; Yamato System Development Co., Ltd., which develops and operates diverse IT solutions including data centers; Yamato Home Convenience Co., Ltd., which transports and sets up consumer electronics, household goods, and machinery that cannot be transported via express delivery; Yamato Logistics Co., Ltd., which specializes in domestic and overseas logistics outsourcing; Yamato Financial Co., Ltd., which provides settlement services; and others. These companies pool their talents, which encompass "information, logistics, and settlement", to provide optimal solutions from a comprehensive perspective to the problems of client companies.