Amazon, Japan Post to Team Up for Parcel Drop-Off Service

Economy

Tokyo, Dec. 6 (Jiji Press)--E-commerce giant Amazon Japan and Japan Post Co. are considering offering across the nation as early as from next year a joint service of dropping off parcels at locations designated by customers, such as the front door of the home and in the garage, it was learned Friday.

Japan Post's network of 24,000 post offices nationwide will be utilized for the service, which is aimed at reducing the burden on delivery staff and improving operational efficiency at a time when the parcel redelivery rate has reached about 20 pct in Japan, informed sources said.

Japan Post, a unit of Japan Post Holdings Co. <6178>, said in a statement that it is positively studying the service for its early launch.

Amazon Japan in February started such a service mainly in urban areas using its own delivery network.

Japan Post also launched its own drop-off service, in March, becoming the first major Japanese parcel delivery service firm to do so. It handles parcels for some 40 companies, including online retailers.

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