TOKYO (TR) – Logistics firm Yamato Transport has agreed to revise delivery times starting next month during spring wage talks as part of efforts to address poor working conditions, reports Fuji News Network (Mar. 17).
At the annual shunto spring wage negotiations, Yamato Transport set an earlier deadline for requests for the re-delivery of packages that did not reach their destination the first time. The new re-delivery deadline of 7 p.m., down from the current 8 p.m., will start on April 24.
The company also agreed that time-designated deliveries will be changed in mid-June to improve working conditions for delivery drivers.
As well, delivery times between noon to 2 p.m. will be abolished so delivery drivers can take lunch breaks more easily, and time slots from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. will be changed to 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Yamato Transport plans to review contract details with online retailers and reduce the total amount of deliveries handled.
Yamato Transport workers have been quitting in droves over poor working conditions, including consistently low pay and overwhelming delivery loads, many of which are said to stem from online retailer Amazon.co.jp.