Nippon Express has completed construction of its NEX-Auto Logistics Facility (NEX-ALFA) within a warehouse location in Tokyo’s Koto Ward, and this cutting-edge showroom-style logistics facility utilizing AI-IoT technology went into operation on Wednesday, July 22.
Declining birthrates and a shrinking population have resulted in serious labor shortages in recent years for Japan’s logistics industry, which has been pursuing “work style reform” as advocated by the government and finding it increasingly necessary to introduce automatic/labor-saving equipment at logistics locations. The installation of state-of-the-art logistics equipment at existing warehouses requires companies to select the optimal equipment, make layout changes, revamp the flow of operations and resolve such issues as securing investment capital.
The newly opened NEX-ALFA features a variety of logistics equipment employing advanced technology to segmentalize tasks and processes within the logistics center and achieve greater efficiency and labor-saving in logistics operations. This facility will also serve in a showroom capacity to allow visiting customers to see logistics equipment actually operating under a sharing model at a logistics center that handles a full range of tasks – from warehouse receiving to storage, picking, packing, and shipping – for apparel-related products.
Nippon Express will continue providing order-made logistics solutions to resolve customers’ logistics issues as best suited to each customer’s facilities and products by integrating the logistics equipment deemed optimal for each customer’s needs with its own front-line capabilities.