CO2 Emission Reductions from Distribution and Company Vehicle
Reducing Transport Distance
Joint delivery by the NISSIN FOODS Group’s business corporations and companies in other industries contributes to increasing load efficiency and reducing the number of vehicles required for delivery.
NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS, MYOJO FOODS deliver jointly in Hokkaido, the North Tohoku, Chubu, Shikoku, and Chugoku regions. Furthermore, in recent years, joint delivery is being carried out with companies in other industries.
In addition, we are implementing modal shifts from trucking to ships and rail transportation. MYOJO FOODS is implementing a partial modal shift for transportation of freight from its Saitama Plant to its Kyushu logistics center, and NISSIN FROZEN FOODS is switching some shipping from SAITAMA NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS to the Kyushu region to ships and railway containers.
Joint Transportation with Other Companies
NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS commenced joint transportation with Asahi Soft Drinks and Nippon Express between Kanto and Kyushu in September 2019.
As the instant noodle products of NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS are lightweight goods, filling the entire cargo bed of a truck will still fall short of the allowable loading weight. On the other hand, the products of Asahi Soft Drinks are heavy goods. Therefore, pallets cannot be stacked, leaving empty space in the upper part of the cargo bed.
Through repeated discussions and verifications by the three companies to improve the load efficiency of NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS and Asahi Soft Drinks, expertise on adjusting and efficient mixed loading of product type and quantity combinations was developed for the two types of pallets* which were difficult to combine due to difference in size. As a result, compared to the past method of NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS and Asahi Soft Drinks separately transporting products between Kanto and Kyushu, it was possible to reduce the number of trucks required by 20%.
- *NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS uses T12 pallets, while Asahi Soft Drinks uses beer pallets.
Promoting Pallet Transport and Easing Driver Burden at NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS
In the past, at NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS, loading and unloading of trucks for trunk line transport (transportation from manufacturing plants to distribution warehouses) was carried out manually by people one case (box) at a time. NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS started to switch to loading and unloading by pallet using forklift trucks in November 2016 to improve logistics efficiency, and the switch to pallet transport for all trunk line transport was completed in August 2020.
Effects of Using Pallet Transport
Previously, loading or unloading required two to three hours of time. The use of pallet transport has shortened this time to 30 minutes to one hour. This has also led to a shortening of driver waiting time (the time until loading or unloading is completed). The logistics industry is facing a driver shortage, and the company contributes to reducing work and improving the work environment for drivers by pursuing greater distribution efficiency. NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS is endorsing the “White Logistics” movement*2 being promoted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and has submitted a declaration for voluntary action in December 2019.
NISSIN FOODS declaration for voluntary action
- ・Extend lead times (Achieve efficient shipment operations by implementing second-day delivery year-round to create a grace period for securing vehicles)
- ・Use palettes or other tools (Palletization of trunk line transports, reduce loading/unloading time)
- ・Introduce a truck reservation system (Install a system at directly-managed plants to reduce vehicle waiting times)
- ・Improve shipper facilities (Install specialized facilities for handling palettes at the plant shipment port to reduce loading time)
- ・Propose and cooperate for improvement of logistics (Consult with logistics partner, optimize positioning of warehouse sites)
- *Given the serious shortage of drivers, this movement aims to (1) raise productivity of truck transports and increase efficiency of logistics, and (2) realize a labor environment that makes it easy for drivers, including women and people 60 and over, to work. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries are encouraging companies to participate in the campaign
Initiatives Related to Company Vehicle Use
All the company vehicles of the NISSIN FOODS Group* are environment-friendly vehicles which are either hybrid vehicles or vehicles that meet the highest exhaust emission standards. Employees are encouraged to use eco-driving techniques, including the avoidance of rapid acceleration or braking, and to use public transportation if available.
- *NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS, MYOJO FOODS, NISSIN CHILLED FOODS, NISSIN FROZEN FOODS, , NISSIN YORK