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Successful Applicants Determined and Adopted for NEDO Project for Enhanced Efficiency of Domestic Consumer-Goods Supply Chains

Part of Project for the Development of Infrastructures for Creating New Industrial Models Taking Advantage of IoT

August 23, 2018

Joint Press Release with NEDO

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) called for applicants for its Project for the Development of Infrastructures for Creating New Industrial Models Taking Advantage of IoT: Enhanced Efficiency of Domestic Consumer-Goods Supply Chains and determined and adopted Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. as a successful applicant for the project in light of the examination results presented by an external examination committee.

1. Background to the project

Japan’s retail industry is facing a labor shortage and an increase in labor costs affected by the impact of the declining birthrate. It also faces a variety of challenges across its supply chains, including food loss and returned goods, despite achieving highly effective logistics backed by mass production and frequent deliveries.

To address these challenges, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) formulated two declarations jointly with operators of convenience store chains and with the Japan Association of Chain Drug Stores (JACDS), respectively: a Declaration of Plan to Introduce 100 Billion Electronic Tags for Products in Convenience Stores*1 in April 2017; and a Declaration of Initiatives for Making Drug Stores Smarter*2 in March 2018. These declarations present guidelines for next-generation supply chains taking advantage of radio-frequency identification (RFID) and other technologies.

To achieve the goal of information sharing between supply chains set in the declarations, this project will establish an information sharing system for supply chains and test the operation of the system. Through this effort, participants will examine data formats, rules and other elements necessary for sharing information.

2. Details of the project

In its FY2017 project*3, NEDO tested a prototype system for sharing information on inventory and other data among supply chains and demonstrated that the supply chains can make some parts of their business flows visible.

In the FY2018 project mentioned above, NEDO will examine some challenges discovered in the FY2017 project, including security measures for the information sharing system, provision of the authority for accessing data and copyright for data. It will also establish a model for data sharing among multiple information-sharing systems. Moreover, it will expand the target analysis scope from supply chains in the manufacturing, wholesale and retail industries to activities that ordinary citizens take before and after their shopping. Through this expansion, NEDO will also examine approaches to improving friendliness for ordinary citizens.

3. Adopted company

NEDO, the operator of the project, called for applicants and determined and adopted Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. as a successful applicant for the project in light of the examination results presented by an external examination committee. The company will lead and advance discussions on efforts under the FY2018 project.

Project name: FY2018 NEDO Project for the Development of Infrastructures for Creating New Industrial Models Taking Advantage of IoT
Adopted theme: Enhanced Efficiency of Domestic Consumer-Goods Supply Chains
Adopted business: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Period of the project: FY2018

Division in Charge

Consumer Affairs, Distribution and Retail Industry Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group