Yamato Group Solutions

Visualizing the Flow of Goods to Achieve Total Optimization 
"Mieruka" (Visualization) Solutions

Reducing Inventories and Promoting Just-in-Time (JIT) Production and Delivery

Accurately grasping the flow of goods in all processes, from raw material procurement to manufacturing and shipment, helps reduce inventory and enables just-in-time (JIT) production and delivery, which in turn significantly reduces the total cost of logistics. The Yamato Group, centered on Yamato System Development, leverages IT to provide a wide range of integrated "Mieruka" Solutions that visualize and manage the flow of goods across individual factories and distribution centers. 
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Cloud Computing Technology Cutting the Costs of Installing Logistics IT Systems 
Adopting a Cloud-Based System Enables Phased Approach to System Implementation

Even if aware of the need, however, it is no simple task for a company to develop and build a system to manage all of its processes. This is because it takes time and money to integrate different systems used at each business location already in operation. In order to resolve this challenge, the Yamato Group has developed and begun selling a cloud-based IT system solution provided over the Internet.

"It's a universal software package that can be used for any business sector or type, so the system can be built easily, quickly, and cheaply. Since it is provided over the Internet, the system does not require specialized cables or terminals and can be used with only an Internet connection and a computer. The system is provided in a cloud-format, so a large investment is not required. Therefore, the ability to handle system implementation costs as a variable cost represents a significant merit for companies," Ikeda says as he explains the system's features.

The Yamato Group software packages that help elucidate the flow of goods include Soko Mieruka @ Web (hereafter "Mieruka" Warehouse Management System @ web) and Ryutsu Mieruka @ Web (hereafter "Mieruka" Distribution Process Optimization @ web). "These software packages incorporate the logistics expertise of the Yamato Group, such as distribution center operations and delivery," says Ikeda. As a result, these solutions can be easily implemented and used not only by companies that want to visualize the total flow of goods, but also by companies that first want to promote visualization at certain business locations.

For example, a company that is not able to fully manage inventory in its warehouse can use the "Mieruka" Warehouse Management System @ web to visualize actual warehouse inventory. On the other hand, when inventory is managed for each business location using an existing warehouse management system or a production management system, a company can connect both locations using the "Mieruka" Distribution Process Optimization @ web to manage the entire flow of goods. Moreover, the data of the Yamato Group shipment tracking system can be linked with the "Mieruka" Distribution Process Optimization @ web to enable a company to grasp the flow of goods until final delivery to the consumer. The ability to implement these systems in such a phased approach is also a unique feature as well as advantage.


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<"Mieruka" (Visualization) Solutions> 
Visualizing the Flow of Goods to Achieve Total Optimization

  • Chapter-01. 
Total Optimization Impossible without Integration of Information Across all Business Locations
  • Chapter-02. 
Cloud Computing Technology Cutting the Costs of Installing Logistics IT Systems
  • Chapter-03. 
Implementing a Yamato Group Solution to Ensure First In, First Out Inventory Management
  • Chapter-04. 
The Internet Wholesale Business Utilizing the Yamato Group's "Mieruka" Solutions
  • Chapter-05. 
The Yamato Group's Data Center Ensures Information Security

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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.