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Jan 20, 2017

DRIVERS' SHORTAGE * Japan - To subsidize pickup lockers to reduce parcel deliveries

* Tokyo - Online shopping, shrinking workforce pushing logistics industry to the limit

--- With the boom in internet shopping imposing a heavy burden on Japanese logistics providers, the government will start subsidizing the installation of pickup lockers at train stations and convenience stores, with an eye toward reducing repeat delivery runs... Small-lot deliveries in Japan surged 10% over five years to 3.7 billion in fiscal 2015, thanks to the growing popularity of e-retailers. But the rise in single-member and dual-income households means fewer people at home to receive the shipments. About 20% must be delivered again -- a task said to require an annual 90,000 workers, or 10% of those in the field... Logistics companies worry that the growing personnel shortage, coupled with an increase in online shopping, will make their delivery networks difficult to maintain. Parties including the ministries overseeing the economy, transportation and the environment are together supporting efforts to cut down on redeliveries... 
(Photo: Public funds will help pay for parcel pickup lockers to help cut down on unnecessary redeliveries)  --  Tokyo, Japan- Nikkei Asia Review - January 17, 2017

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