Distribution Warehouses in Japan Undergoing Overhaul

Economy

Tokyo, Aug. 27 (Jiji Press)--Distribution warehouses, long known in Japan as tough, dirty and dangerous workplaces, have recently been undergoing changes, partly to attract more female workers amid serious manpower shortages crippling the country's transport industry.

Also, the volume of parcels is soaring as online shopping is increasingly popular, requiring distribution warehouses to be improved to raise efficiency in pickup and delivery operations.

State-of-the-art large facilities, called "multi-tenant" warehouses, have been launched one after another in the country by the Japanese arm of major U.S. logistics company Prologis Inc., whose clientele includes Zozo Inc. <3092>, the operator of online fashion marketplace Zozotown.

Such multi-tenant warehouses, including those with a floor space of over 150,000 square meters, are helpful for joint parcel deliveries to specific areas.

Equipped with high ceilings and ultralarge fans, Prologis' facilities are kept clean, while an advanced inventory management system helps enhance operational efficiency for parcel storage and shipment, according to officials of the company. Many women work part-time at its facilities.

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