- Professor Jin Nakazawa
Introduction of the discussion
Focusing on Japan’s retail industry, while recent store sales does not grow largely, Internet mail order sales (online mail order) are rapidly increasing. Supporting this rapid growth of online shopping is Japan’s home delivery service network, unparalleled in the world.
In particular, Amazon’s prosperity which belongs to GAFA largely depends on delivery service.
However, the home delivery network is collapsing due to an increase in handling volume and labor shortage.
At the end of the courier service network, which has been carefully devised for many years, there are problems that cannot be dealt with only by the efforts of the courier driver. That is the “re-delivery problem”. “Last one mile” (delivery of luggage) in home delivery service is malfunctioning.
Finding the problem
It is expected that the re-delivery rate will be close to zero by restructuring the home delivery network that has a mechanism different from the conventional one by investigating and exposing the underlying structural problem. And I believe that there is no other solution to the “re-delivery problem” in terms of smart home delivery networks using ICT technology.
In the home delivery network, the in-house system of home delivery company that collectively manages the flow of packages from collection to delivery is a treasure trove of highly valuable data.
For example, if the social network service and the in-house system of home delivery company can be linked at the milestone during package transportation, it will be possible to reconfirm the delivery location and date and time between the recipient and the delivery driver.
Effective use of location information data to ensure delivery at the first delivery can bring the “re-delivery problem” closer to the solution.
Therefore, I would like to study the mechanisms and elemental technologies necessary to realize logistics that contribute to the solution of the “re-delivery problem”. It is thought that this effort will contribute to the reduction of the environmental burden caused by the logistics system.
Examining the conclusion
By studying with Professor Jin Nakazawa, who is so interested in making cities smarter to the extent that he says “collecting infinite information hidden in the city is one of my life work” and has numerous research achievements on smart cities with ubiquitous computing, I am sure that I could obtain various perspectives regarding my research and it would open up new horizons for me.
Therefore, I believe that Keio University’s Faculty of Environment and Information Studies is the most suitable place for pursuing my research and social contributions, and I am aspiring to enter your school and study in your laboratory.