By improving our distribution routes, choosing low environmental impact transportation methods, and cooperating with our external partners, Kao is improving its efficiency as well as lessening its impact on the environment.
In Japan alone, Kao transports 2.4 billion consumer products annually. From early on, Kao has been working towards modal transfers in order to transport goods more efficiently while avoiding creating a negative impact on the environment.
"Modal shift" is effective in reducing CO2 emissions by shifting transportation to mass transport, such as from trucks to rail and ship. In 1995, Kao switched to a full-scale modal shift, and since then we have maintained a modal shift usage rate of around 60%. In 2005, the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport selected Kao as an Eco-Rail Mark certified company at the first award certification meeting for our efforts in rail transport usage.
Loading containers onto a ferry
Eco-Ship Mark certification criteria
Furthermore, in 2014 we partnered with AEON Co. Ltd. to start cooperative transportation of Container Round Use by rail container. In July 2016, in collaboration with AEON, we launched the Trailer Relay Transportation system, the first such collaboration between companies of different industries in Japan. Through this system, trailers are switched at a relay point between the delivery and return points, thus making day trips possible for drivers and improving their working conditions.
In addition, transport efficiency is increased while environmental burden is decreased. Recognizing the value in the Trailer Relay Transportation system, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry presented it with an award through the Excellent Green Logistics Partnership Commendation Program established by METI.
Trailer loaded with JR containers departing from the Kawasaki Plant
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