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October 27, 2016
-Handling quality needle detection, product inspection and assortment before shipment-
Hitachi Transport System, Ltd. (headquarters: Koto-ku, Tokyo, President and CEO: Yasuo Nakatani; “Hitachi Transport System”) and SG Holdings Co., Ltd. (headquarters: Kyoto City, Kyoto, Chairperson and CEO: Eiichi Kuriwada; “SG Holdings”) have leveraged the strength of group companies to establish an integrated shipping service named “Smart Import”, commencing operations in October and covering the shipment of goods from factories in China through to their local delivery destinations in Japan.
The service chiefly provides for customers who are manufacturing apparel in China with market deployment in Japan. More specifically, goods manufactured locally in China are assorted according to needle detection, product inspection and delivery destination at a China-based inspection center of Nisshin Transportation Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi Transport System. Upon shipping labels being affixed, goods are exported to Japan, with Sagawa Express then seeing to domestic delivery.
The assortment of goods at the site of production makes it possible for goods to Japan to go without additional processing once they have reached the country, enabling the forwarding of these goods on to their respective delivery destinations directly. This as a result achieves reductions in the lead time to delivery.
Moreover, the high quality of needle detection and product inspection techniques from Hitachi Transport System Group’s China-based inspection center helps to ensure the clearance of goods into Japan. Aside from significantly reducing the labor that goes into the processing of rejected items, and the risk of missed sales opportunities, the process is one that optimizes logistical costs.
Flow diagram of Smart Import
(1) Lead time reduction
(2) Cost optimization
Hitachi Transport System: Corporate Strategy Office, Public Relations Department
SG Holdings: General Affairs Department, Public Relations and CSR Unit
Hitachi Transport System: Collaborative Innovation Project Team
SG Holdings: Logistics Innovation