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Rakuten acquires Alpha Direct Services Global e-commerce leader bolsters merchant offering with logistics stronghold in France - (07/11/2012)

 Rakuten, the world’s third largest e-commerce company, today announced that it has agreed to acquire a leading French e-commerce logistics business, Alpha Direct Services (hereafter, “ADS”).

Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Beauvais, ADS (www.alpha-d-s.net) is France’s leading e-commerce logistics business with over 100 merchants ranging from small businesses to large well-known brands such as Nestle, L’Oreal and Sarenza. Over the last decade the company has established a highly effective and cost efficient full service e-commerce logistics model encompassing front-end websites, order management, warehousing, fulfillment delivery and customer support. The company has the potential to quickly scale beyond France into wider Europe. Markedly, from a retail service perspective, the acquisition will allow merchants to capitalize on same day delivery in Paris and next day delivery across Europe.  

Following recent investments in e-commerce marketplaces across Europe, the acquisition of ADS represents a significant step forward in building out Rakuten’s e-commerce services capability and marks the company’s sixth European acquisition since 2010. Rakuten will benefit by adopting best practice automation processes including ADS’s unique robotic automation system to reinforce its existing logistics services and improve operational efficiency in Japan.

ADS is currently owned by its founder, Adrian Diaconu, and FCDE (http://www.fonds-fcde.fr), a French capital-growth fund.The completion of this acquisition is subject to its prior approval by the French competition authority.

Source: Rakuten


+ Bear Logi visits new Sagawa Tokyo Warehouse - (25/10/2012)

On October 25, Bear Logi had a sneak preview of the new Yokohama SG Realty logistics facility.

The site is about 11,000 square meters and the location is suitable for commuting employees being only 5-minutes walk from Shinkoyasu Station. The logistics facility is a 4 level ramp up warehouse with an approximate total floor area of  21,000 square meters. On the first floor, Sagawa Express has opened a sales office.

The modern logistics facility allows the occupant to can work without any problems given the ceiling height of 5.5m, and adequate heights for trucks with their 'wing' doors open without hitting the ceiling. Docks are fitted with dock levellers. The warehouse has an illuminance of 300 lux which is brighter than many other Japanese warehouse at around 200 lux, creating an impression to us that workers will be able to have a bright operating environment.

On the first floor there is a convenience store and a large break room providing good amenity for the employees.

There are approximately 4,700 square meters on the second floor available now.

Bear Logi Co., Ltd. 

Contact: Makiko Makitani

03-5411-8336

Sagawa Tokyo Warehouse

Sagawa Japan Tokyo Ramp

Sagawa Dock Leveller

Sagawa Tokyo Warehouse internal

Sagawa Tokyo internal warehouse lights

Sagawa Tokyo Japan Convenience store


+ Bear logi to offer individual logistcs research reports - (19/09/2012)

Since the logistics real estate market in Japan has recently been under the spotlight, there are increasing demands on providing quality research and due diligence services. To respond to this demand Bear Logi now provides research services not limited to the papers freely available on our website, but also tailored for individual projects.

Bear Logi has recently conducted the following project papers: 

- Earthquake and Tsunami risk report

- Engineering Reports

- Market Appraisal

- International Comparison of cities logistics real estate markets

If you are interested in Bear logi reports, please contact our research department.

contact information

Bear logi

Research Division

Akihiko Sato (Mr.)

TEL: (+81) 3-5411-8336

Mail: sato@bearlogi.jp

+ Bear Logi to organize next JSCN event on October 4 - (19/09/2012)

Bear Logi proudly presents next networking event “Japan Supply Chain Network (JSCN)” which will be held at Bar Del Sole” on October 4.

Logistics & commercial real estate consulting company, Bear Logi will organize the event inviting logistics solution providers, 3PL providers, industrial real estate professionals and agents, developers, related financial institutions, media industries, and end users as well as tenants from various manufacturing and retails field to contribute to the optimization of domestics supply chain operation.

Those who have interest or wish to participate in the event for the first time, please feel free to ask us. 

 

Event Information

Date: 2012. 06.28 (Thr) 19:00 – 21:30

Venue: Bar Del Sole  (Next to Family Mart)

Patata Roppongi 1F, 6-8-14 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo Google map

Entrance fee: Free (1 drink 1 coin, ¥500)

Organizer: Bear Logi


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Contact Information

Bear Logi

Sato (Mr.)

TEL: 03-5411-8336
Mail: sato@bearlogi.jp

+ Amazon Logistics to open new LC in Odawara, Kanagawa - (16/08/2012)

Amazon Logistics, providing logistics operation service based upon the order from Amazon.co.jp, announced that it would open new logistics center tentatively called “Amazon Odawara FC (Fulfillment Center)”, GFA approx. 60,000 tsubo (200,000 m2), to provide timely distribution service, to expand Amazon.co.jp stock and logistics scale. Amazon also estimates the employment opportunities as large as 1,000 personnel. 

Due to the new FC opening, the product line up status under “In stock” in Amazon.co.jp store will be strengthened. It also leads to the expansion of Amazon category product such as consumer electronics, kitchen appliances, or consumer products. 

Furthermore, “Fulfiment by Amazon” to support sales in Amazon.co.jp is expected to be enlarged, for instance stock capability, order processing, shipment, and representing customer service on behalf of exhibitors.

 

Source: e-logit  (edited and translated by Bear Logi)

+ Bear Logi to organize next JSCN event on June 28 - (15/06/2012)

Bear Logi proudly presents next networking event “Japan Supply Chain Network (JSCN)” which will be held at Bar Del Sole” on June 28th.

Logistics & commercial real estate consulting company, Bear Logi will organize the event inviting logistics solution providers, 3PL providers, industrial real estate professionals and agents, developers, related financial institutions, media industries, and end users as well as tenants from various manufacturing and retails field to contribute to the optimization of domestics supply chain operation.

 

Event Information

Date: 2012. 06.28 (Thr) 19:00 – 21:30

Venue: Bar Del Sole  (Next to Family Mart)

Patata Roppongi 1F, 6-8-14 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo Google map

Entrance fee: Free (1 drink 1 coin, ¥500)

Organizer: Bear Logi


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Contact Information

Bear Logi

Sato (Mr.)

TEL: 03-5411-8336
Mail: sato@bearlogi.jp

+ Bear Logi releases 2012.4 Japan Logistics Property Market share data sheet - (18/05/2012)

On May 18 Bear Logi released new Japan Industrial property market share data sheet in a first quarter 2012.

The datasheet is available at;

+ Bear Logi to release new transaction datasheet - (16/05/2012)

On May 16 Bear Logi updated new Transaction datasheet in Q1 2012.


*This transaction was agreed after issuing market share report 2011 by Bear Logi, therefore the data did not reflect the transaction.

+ Bear Logi to release new transaction datasheet - (15/05/2012)

On May 15 Bear Logi updated new Transaction datasheet in Q1 2012.


+ Toll Express Japan to rebrand from Footwork Express - (06/04/2012)

On March 30 Toll Express Japan announced that it has been rebranded as Toll Express Japan from Footwork Express for the purpose of global logistics development (One Toll policy) as well as operational expansion and cooperation.

 

Previous corporate name

Footwork Express Co., Ltd.

 

New corporate name

Toll Express Japan Co., Ltd.

 

Source: Toll Express Japan (edited and translated by Bear Logi)

+ Japan Supply Chain Network event held in Tokyo - (30/03/2012)


On Friday 30 June the Japan Supply Chain Network (JSCN) held an event in Tokyo attended by over 70 people representing various facets of the industry (real estate, logistics providers and retail customers). 

The supply chain organization has been active for many years in Tokyo and the new format allows participants with better network opportunities by conducting the event 4 times a year.
 
Thanks to those who attended the event and we look forward to seeing you at the next JSCN event will be held on June 28 2012 in Tokyo.

 
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JSCN



+ Bear Logi to organize Japan Supply Chain Network event - (20/03/2012)

Bear Logi proudly presents new networking event “Japan Supply Chain Network (JSCN)” which will be held at ANA Intercontinental hotel on March 30th.

Logistics & commercial real estate consulting company, Bear Logi will organize the event inviting logistics solution providers, 3PL providers, industrial real estate professionals and agents, developers, related financial institutions, media industries, and end users as well as tenants from various manufacturing and retails field to contribute to the optimization of domestics supply chain operation.

 

Event Information

Date: 2012. 03.30 (Fri) 19:30 – 22:00

Venue: Mixx Bar & Lounge at 36 FL ANA Intercontinental hotel

       1-12-33 Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo

Entrance fee: Free

 

Contact Information

Bear Logi

Marketing division: Sato

TEL: 03-5411-8336
Mail: sato@bearlogi.jp

+ Tonami Transport to consolidate Fuji and Mishima operation center - (05/03/2012)

On February 29 Tonami Holdings has announced that its core company, Tonami Transport it had completed construction of new Fuji branch and would start operation from March 5th.

Tonami will strengthen logistics function as well as operational efficiency by consolidating current Mishima and Fuji operation center to establish new Fuji branch to expand the operation.

 

[Overview of the facilities]

Name: Tonami Transport Fuji branch

Location: 29 Osumi Kashiwabara-aza Fuji-shi, Shizuoka

Home building: 2,652 m2

Temporary stock: 450 m2

Maintenance building : 2 stories

Site area: 16,845 m2

 

Source: Tonami Transport (edited and translated by Bear Logi)

+ Inui Warehouse to sell its Settsu land for JPY 1.4 billion - (24/02/2012)

On February 23 Inui warehouse announced that it had transferred deed of land in Settsu, Osaka based upon the management policy of both efficient investment as well as to promote restructuring management financials. The transferee has not been disclosed. 

[Overview of the land]

Location: Settsu-shi, Osaka

Land classification: residential land

Site area: 10,647.69 m2

Book value: JPY 1,576,000,000

Transfer price: JPY 1,400,000,000

 

Source: Inui warehouse (edited and translated by Bear Logi)

+ Tokyo as highest rent in High-spec logistics facilities - (20/02/2012)

High-spec logistics facilities in Tokyo requires the highest rent above all cities in the world due to the increased demand in the logistics centers from E-commerce and 3PL providers as well as imminent demand caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake. It is anticipated that the rent stably shifts because of the low supply, which enforces the augmented burden on the lessees. 

Tokyo continuously has been ranked at the top for $21.84 per 1m2 from last year, London as 2ndv for $19.47, Singapore as 3rd for $14.73.

According to the CBRE research, the reason why Tokyo has been ranked as highest rent is while industrial manufacturing has been revived and grown up in the Post-Earthquake recovery, thus there was little negative influence in the total logistics field, reconstruction of BCP, SCM, as well as reform inquires in view of earthquake-resisting capacity stimulated new demands. On the top of that relocation and expansion demands in existent total floor space from E-commerce and 3PL providers are still vital that keeps Tokyo rent continuing at the high level. 

It comes to the conclusion that the low supply of the new facilities for the time being will affect the market stable.

 

Source: Yuso-Keizai Shinbun (edited and translated by Bear Logi)

+ Sankyu to open Mizushima LC - (31/01/2012)

On January 11, Sankyu announced that it had opened new warehouse “Sankyu Okayama branch, Mizushima Logistics Center” in Kurashiki-shi, Okayama.

The new facilities were built in the center of Mizushima to ease chronic lack of warehouses in the district as well as to expand business correspondent to the customer’s needs at the same time. Sankyu mainly handle with petrochemicals product in the district where just 10 minutes away from Mizushima IC. 

The facilities are composed of three all-weather warehousing buildings, a single story, large eaves, automated warehouses. Large-eaves warehouse is located between single story and automated warehouse in which stage for import-export container operation is furnished. This is the largest scale Sankyu own warehouse in Tyugoku & Shikoku area. Sankyu currently operates 7 branches in Okayama with 53,100 m2 total floor space.

 

[Overview of Sankyu new branch]

 

Name: Sankyu Okayama branch Mizushima Logistics Center

Location: 4-5-11 Matsue Kurashiki-shi Okayama

Site area: 33,187 m2

Total floor space: 20,051 m2

Volume corresponding area: 34,360 m2

Construction: steel-frame

Equipment: sigle-story warehouse, large-eaves warehouse, automated warehouse

 

Source: Sankyu (edited and translated by Bear Logi)

+ Sanritsu to construct large scale LC in Yokohama - (12/01/2012)

On January 11, Sanritsu announced that it would purchase large scale logistics facilities which will be built on its own land and annexed land owned by Daiwa house due to the drastic change of neighbor logistics circumstances for effective asset utilization.

Sanritsu also announced that it had closed syndicate loan limited up to JPY 6.15 billion arranged by Mitsui Sumitomo Bank for acquisition fee for the facilities, related construction fee, and demolition fee.

 

Overview of large scale LC

Tentative Name: Keihin Operation Center

Location: 1-1, 1-9, 1-14 Ebisu-cho Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama-shi Kanagawa

Acquisition fee: approx.JPY 4.86 billion

Construction: PCaPC 5 stories above ground

Site space: 13,681.14 m2 including 3,643.13 m2 land owned by Sanritsu

Total floor space: 27,361.51m2

Start of construction: 2012.1.24

Completion: 2012.12.21

Design and construction: Daiwa House

 

Sanritsu estimates approx. JPY 5.191 billion for additional investment in plant and equipment in addition to the above mentioned fee,

 

Source: Sanritsu (edited and translated by Bear Logi)

+ Japan Logistics Systems to open Noda Center - (21/12/2011)

On December 12 Japan Logistics Systems announced that it would open a new logistics center inside of “Logistics Park Noda Funagata (Noda city, Chiba) from January 1st, due to the business expansion of its electronic related customers.

The facilities are considered as a significant hub to provide the best logistics service that has been accumulated with many years’ experience of electronics distribution to the customers.

 

[Overview of the facilities]

1.   Name: Japan Logistics Systems Corporation Noda Center

2.   Location: Logistics Park Noda Funagata 2F 2-1-3 Izumi Noda-shi, Chiba

3.   Accessibility:

Approx. 11km from Kashiwa IC, Joban Express way

           20km from Iwatsuki IC, Tohoku Express way

            2km from Tobu Noda line

4.   Warehouse area: 19,039 m2

 

Source: Japan Logistics Systems (edited and translated by Bear Logi)  

 

+ Senko completes Hyuga PD Center in Miyazaki - (13/12/2011)

On December 9 Senko announced that it had completed Hyuga PD Center in Hoshoshima Port, Miyazaki. The PD center was to build in order to concentrate warehouse hubs that has been diversified in north part of Miyazaki, as well as to enlarge warehouse space. The center starts its operation from December 12. 

Senko conducts logistics center, distribution inside of warehouses, port logistics operations in north part of Miyazaki (Nobeoka, Hyuga city). Although there are 16 warehouses in north par, those needs to be scrap & build because of physical obsolescence, elimination of inefficiency, and enlarging warehouse scale corresponding to the demand on the increasing cargo amount from existent and new customers. 

Hososhima port, where Hyuga PD center is located, is designated as a strategic port in August 2010, and it has been invested by Miyazaki prefecture and Hyuga city. Hyuga PD also handles various kinds of import-export cargos as bonded warehouse. 

Hyuga PD center is a steel-frame one story warehouse with 24,437 m2 composing  of multi-usage free warehouse (10,472 m2) and fixed temperature warehouse (5,938 m2) furnished with dust & insect proof. 13 m eaves has been attached between the warehouses to keep approx. 6,000 m2 truck berth and loading & unloading spaces which enables to handle cargo even in bad weather. 

An up-to-date WMS (Warehouse Management System) utilizing Cloud has been installed in Hyuga PD Center which controls location and operation process to improve the accuracy of storage, shipment and inventory. 

senko hyuga PD

Overview of the warehouse

Name: Hyuga PD center

Location: 1-43 Takeshima-cho Hyuga-shi, Miyazaki

Site area: 40,396 m2

Construction:

steel-frame, one-story warehouse (Office: two stories above ground)

Total floor space: 24,437 m2

Free warehouse: 10,472 m2

Fixed temperature warehouse: 5,938 m2

Office: 1,194 m2

Vanning: 750 m2

Shimoya: 6,084 m2

Start of operation: December 12, 2011

 

Source: Senko (edited and translated by Bear Logi)

+ TOLL completes new logistics facility in Kasugai City, Aichi Prefecture - (12/12/2011)

A 3PL service provider, Footwork Express Co., Ltd. (FWE) based in Esaka City, Osaka Prefecture held the completion ceremony on 8 December 2011 at the site located in Kasugai City, Aichi Prefecture. 

The new logistics facility will have both of warehouse and terminal on the site of about 9,200 tsubo (approx. 30,470m2) and is a result of consolidation of FWE’s current 2 branches aiming at the promotion of streamlining. It will be used exclusively by FWE. 

After having become a member of international logistics enterprise TOLL Group based in Melbourne, Australia in 2009, FWE has invested heavily into new truck fleet, personnel, technology and depot network, and customers can look forward to an enhanced offering from FWE as a result. The construction of this facility is a part of FWE’s ongoing strategy of strengthening its large network to offer customers. 

The participants at the ceremony included:

- Mr. Paul Little, current Chief Executive Officer

- Mr. Brian Kruger, next CEO,

- Mr. Shane O'Neill Express Operation Officer,

- Yahagi Construction Co., Ltd. (design and construction)

- Neil Pollington, CEO in Japan

- Matthew Zann, President, Bear Logi Co., Ltd. (Project and Construction Management) 

The construction started in April 2011, and completed without any accidents or damages. 

New facility design has environmentally friendly design features such as extensive natural lighting, water sensitive design and reuse of water, auto light sensors that adjust when lighting so only used when light levels get low. Building features high rated insulation to reduce need for heating in winter and cooling in summer.

Safety is very important at FWE and sight planning separates pedestrian, cars and trucks. Warehouse also features extensive guard rails for worker safety. Security is also high level with all site access restricted and strictly monitored. Benefits are for people. 

Toll will accelerate its operational strategy utilizing and straightening existent service network.

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Toll Komaki (2)

Toll Komaki (3)

 【Facility Overview】

Name

Komaki Branch, Footwork Express Co., Ltd.

Location

298 Aza-Nishijima, Kamitagara-cho, Kasugai-City, Aichi Prefecture

Site area

Approx. 30,470 m2

GFA

Approx. 8,208 m2

Usage

Logistics center

Structure

Steel-framed, 3-story above ground

Commencement

April 2011

Completion

November 2011

 

Point of contact for this press release:

Public Relations Office, Bear Logi Co., Ltd.

TEL: +81-(0)3-5411-8336

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