Logistics initiatives

Reducing CO2 Emissions by the Distribution Division

The Kewpie Group is collaborating with business partners and group companies to reduce the environmental burden of all transport and delivery from the transportation of raw materials to the delivery of products.
In fiscal 2019, we were able to reduce CO2 emissions associated with transportation and delivery.

    FY2018 FY2019 Year-on-year comparison
Kewpie Transport volume (1,000 tonne-km) 144,842 142,238 98.2%
CO2 emissions (tonnes) 23,220 22,539 97.1%
Kewpie Egg Corporation Transport volume (1,000 tonne-km) 170,848 190,806 111.7%
CO2 emissions (tonnes) 7,514 9,892 131.7%
Total Transport volume (1,000 tonne-km) 315,690 333,044 105.5%
CO2 emissions (tonnes) 30,734 32,432 105.5%

*Reporting on the two companies that are subject to regular reporting under the Energy Conservation Law.

*The calculation range for the Kewpie Egg Corporation is being reviewed due to the merger.

Promoting Greater Transportation Efficiency

We are working to improve transportation efficiency by shortening delivery distances and by improving the efficiency of delivery lots (load efficiency).

  • Optimizing production facilities to delivery areas
  • Reducing delivery frequency by improving transport and delivery lot efficiency
  • Controlling relay transport
  • Controlling the use of external warehouses by optimizing product inventories

Reducing CO2 Emissions as a Freight Carrier

Flexible vehicles improve the efficiency of combined deliveries.

K.R.S. Corporation, a major food distribution company in Japan, is responsible for the storage and delivery of Kewpie Group Products. The company uses an empty vehicle management system to reduce the number of empty vehicles and is improving load efficiency through combined deliveries. The company is also improving efficiency through the joint development with manufacturers of flexible vehicles (FCD3+1) where the cargo space can be adjusted to handle up to three temperatures (room temperature, chilled, and frozen).

Promoting Green Driving

We began to install digital tachographs* in vehicles in 2004. Currently more than 90% of transportation vehicles are furnished with such devices. Evaluation data from digital tachographs are used to instruct drivers, strengthen safe driving, prevent accidents, and improve driving behavior and fuel efficiency.

*Digital tachographs are driving recorders that can record such data as distance, time, speed, and temperature.

Achieving Modal Shifts

We acquired eight exclusive-use 31-foot containers and are promoting modal shifts*1 in coordination with freight carriers. Our modal shift ratio*2 was 16% in fiscal 2015, 31% in fiscal 2016, 40% in fiscal 2017, 41% in fiscal 2018, and 36% in fiscal 2019.

*1Modal shift: Shifting long-haul trucking of 500 km or more to containers via railroads and ships.

*2Modal shift ratio: Ratio of tonnes shipped by railroads and ships to total tons shipped 500 km or more.

We acquired six 31-foot containers for rail and ship transport and are promoting modal shifts in coordination with freight carriers.

Change in the modal shift ratio

Reduction in CO2 Emissions with Modal Shifts

Source: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism: Carbon Dioxide Emissions in the Transportation Sector

We are constantly collaborating with our business partners and group companies to improve transportation and shipment efficiency. Within our distribution system, we instituted the eco-friendly driving initiative for improved safety and reduced fuel consumption, began a shared truckload program, and implemented modal shifts that transfer truck shipments to less impactful ship and rail transportation all in an effort to continue making strides toward reducing CO2 emissions.

Respecting the environment through collaborative shipping with other Businesses

Since FY2018, Kewpie has partnered with the toiletries company Lion Corporation and the rental pallet company Japan Pallet Rental Corporation for collaborative shipping that reduced empty truck runs to less than 1%.
In addition, by implementing modal shifts, we have been able to reduce CO2 emissions by switching shipments for some sections from trucks to ships. This initiative received high praise from outside organizations and groups, earning it the FY2018 Excellent Green Logistics Partnership Award from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

  • 2018 Excellent Green Logistics Partnership Award from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
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