Logistics​ ​

Current state of logistics and logistics industry

We will explain the current situation and issues of the logistics industry, the efforts of each company, and the efforts of ZMP to the logistics issues, which is becoming an infrastructure supporting the convenience of daily life.

Current status of the logistics industry

First, based on the materials of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, we will explain the current state of the logistics industry in Japan.

Logistics Industry scale

As of 2018, the transportation industry's operating income is approximately 39 trillion yen, of which approximately 25 trillion yen is accounted for the logistics industry. The logistics industry also accounts for approximately 4% of all industrial workers in terms of the number of workers employed.

The following changes have been seen recently.

About the latest change of logistics

1. The trend of small-lot frequent

In recent years, the number of freight has tend to increase while the cargo volume per case has fallen.
This background is thought to be due to the increase in sales volume of major internet shopping sites.

2. Decrease in sales and logistics cost ratio

In recent years, the ratio of logistics costs to sales has been gradually decreased.
It tends to be narrowed year by year.

3. Decrease in truck loading efficiency

The loading efficiency of the commercial truck has recently dropped to about 40%.​ ​

Future issues arising from problems in the logistics industry

Here, we will explain the problems that arise from the current situation of the Japanese logistics industry described above.

Population decline and declining birthrate and aging

According to a survey of the Labor Force Survey by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan's population trend is expected to decline after 2014.
The population will continue to decline, and the population will be reduced to 100 million by 2045.
Furthermore, it is said that the population will decrease to 91.5 million in 2050 (about 30 million compared to 2010) along with the rapid progress of the declining birth rate and the aging of the population.

Lack of labors

In the logistics industry, the topic of labor shortage at the site has already become apparent.

According to the Labor Force Economic Trend Survey in 2018, the proportion of establishments with a shortage of workers is on the rise, and among them the proportion of companies that feel that there is a shortage of truck drivers is as high as 63%.
In particular, new services have recently been launched that deliver goods to consumers, but can not be returned if they don't like to try it and return.

Due to this current situation, the load on each and every one working at the distribution site is high.

Efforts as a country

To address these issues, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is taking the following approach.
・ To achieve revolutionary change.
(1) Initiatives for the logistics revolution using new technologies such as IoT, Big Data ,AI.
(2) The goal is to improve efficiency by using Autonomous Driving and robots.

Also, in terms of securing human resources, education and awareness activities to develop new human resources, and the logistics industry
We carry out training activities to deepen our understanding.

Efforts of each company

In order to provide better services, companies in and outside Japan are adopting new technologies such as robotization and automation to improve logistics efficiency.

The activities of each company are explained on the page of Logistics & Logistics Companies Initiatives, so please have a look at them as well.
Logistics & Logistics Companies Initiatives

ZMP's Approach to Logistics Issues

For physical distribution issues, ZMP develops and provides products and services that utilize robot technology and Autonomous Driving technology.

◆ Efforts to move things
To support the transport of goods by truck we developed "Logistics support robot CarriRo®", and "Delivery robot CarriRo® Deli" towards the elimination of the last one mile problem.

CarriRo® Deli
Delivery robot equipped with Autonomous Driving function
Logistics support robot CarriRo®
Assist function, Tracking function, Autonomous Movement function
◆ Efforts to commercialize Autonomous Driving
For autonomous movement of people and robots, we are developing an Autonomous Driving system using the Autonomous Driving platform "IZAC®".

The technology of RoboCar® to move autonomously can be adapted to buses and trucks.We aim to be a catalyst for the logistics revolution by constructing a system for transporting things by autonomous driving.

Autonomous Driving Vehicle platform RoboCar® series and Autonomous Driving adaptation support service using IZAC® is introduced below.

Autonomous Driving Platform RoboCar Series

RoboCar® SUV
Commercially available SUV vehicle based Autonomous Driving vehicle development platform
RoboCar® MiniVan
Commercially available hybrid minivan based Autonomous Driving vehicle development platform
RoboCar® MV 2
Single-seat electric vehicle based Autonomous Driving development platform
RoboCar® 1/10
RoboCar® 1/10
Program controllable platform of radio control car type

Autonomous Driving computer IZAC®

In addition to RoboCar® for Autonomous Driving, we will realize innovation of customers business and operations by modifying or customizing hardware and software for controlling vehicles used by customers.

We provide Autonomous Driving Vehicles as base which is equipped with Autonomous Driving Technology with Autonomous Driving Vehicle RoboCar® integrated with Autonomous Driving computer IZAC® developed by ZMP. In addition, we offer the system including the dispatch application and vehicle condition monitoring etc., and we will realize commercialization by MaaS (Mobility as a Service) utilizing Autonomous Driving.