Yamato Group Solutions

 

Dramatically Reducing Lead Times and Logistics Costs for Export and Import Businesses 
Global Direct Solutions

Reducing Costs using Non-Asset, Non-Inventory Operations

While the number of companies that manufacture products in emerging countries like China is increasing, the number of companies that sell products in these emerging countries that have become more appealing as consumer markets is also on the rise. As a result, the global flow of products is growing and intensifying on almost a daily basis. Therefore, when providing faster delivery of products, the control of total logistics costs is also required. To this end, the Yamato Group began offering its "Yamato Global Direct" solutions in February of 2009. These solutions help reduce the total lead time from Japan to overseas markets and cut costs. For example, for imports to Japan, the Yamato Group offers a "3 days service" from origin to final destination in Japan by sorting products and affixing TA-Q-BIN connote label while the product is still outside of Japan, enabling delivery to the final destination in Japan directly. These solutions greatly reduce costs by bypassing distribution centers located in Japan. 
(Reporting and editing by Nikkei BP Consulting Inc.)

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Expansion of TA-Q-BIN Services throughout East Asia draws Attention from Overseas On-line Shopping Businesses 
Highly Reliable Distribution Networks and Delivery Services

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Companies have also begun to utilize "Yamato Global Direct" for product exports. On-line shopping businesses have taken the lead in this trend. More and more companies are turning their attention overseas due to the fact that the on-line market in Japan is saturated. This is because at the same time, with China at the lead, economic growth continues to progress in East Asia, and the region's purchasing power is expanding rapidly. However, a major concern involved in the expansion of on-line shopping business in East Asia was the lack of a reliable distribution network, such as the one found in Japan.

The Yamato Group launched TA-Q-BIN services in Shanghai and Singapore in January of 2010. Services will be also launched in Hong Kong and Malaysia in 2011. Segawa comments, "The Yamato Group has repeatedly received inquiries from health food, cosmetics, and other on-line shopping businesses regarding their interest in using our services for shipping products internationally."

A fresh food company headquartered in Chiba Prefecture uses the Internet to sell high quality vegetables produced in Japan to the high-net worth consumers in Singapore.

Fresh, high quality vegetables are picked up from various regions of Japan using TA-Q-BIN, assortment packaged for each customer and transported by air to Singapore. Because of this, fresh products can be delivered as is to customers in Singapore. The shortest lead time from a farmer in Japan to a customer in Singapore is 3 days. By using a sophisticated Japanese transportation network to deliver high-quality Japanese vegetables, overseas customers can enjoy fresh products as if they were purchased from a supermarket in Japan.

Segawa notes that "Customers who consider using 'Yamato Global Direct' for exports are not only set on reducing lead time and cutting costs. They also have praised the reliability of our delivery service. This is because until now there was no high quality delivery service like TA-Q-BIN in East Asia."

Also, an optics manufacturer recently began selling high-priced lens for glasses to high-net-worth consumers in China. The company uses "Yamato Global Direct" to deliver its products. These products can only be manufactured in Japan, as the process requires advanced skills and expertise. Nonetheless, many high-income consumers seek custom-made products. This company is looking to expand its marketing channels to China even though it does not want to set up a manufacturing base in China due to intellectual property and skilled labor concerns. "Yamato Global Direct" can respond to these needs as well.


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<Global Direct Solutions> 
Dramatically Reducing Lead Times and Logistics Costs for Export and Import Businesses

  • Chapter-01. 
3 Days Service from On-Site Factories in Shanghai to Destinations within Japan
  • Chapter-02. 
Anticipating Advantages from the Import of Various Commodities
  • Chapter-03. 
Application for Products for which Freshness is Important led to Extended Product Shelf Life and Sales Expansion
  • Chapter-04. 
Expansion of TA-Q-BIN Services throughout East Asia draws Attention from Overseas On-line Shopping Businesses
  • Chapter-05. 
Increasing Capacity via Haneda Logistics Terminal, and Handling Fresh Foods as well

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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.