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Logistics Crisis 2024: Bus Tours and Strawberry Shipments Impacted

TOKYO, Apr 03 (News On Japan) –
As Japan begins extra time rules for drivers, well-liked bus excursions at the moment are being pressured to rethink their routes.

The implementation of “overtime regulations,” as a measure towards the 2024 drawback, commenced on April 1, inflicting Hato Bus to vary tour locations to areas nearer to town heart like Saitama or Chiba, and lowering the variety of stops to shorten day journeys by about an hour to remain inside a 9 hours restrict.

Hato Bus’s Ito: “If we continue to operate the courses as they were, there’s a possibility that it could exceed the drivers’ maximum working hours in a day. We are trying to be more creative with the course content to ensure it is efficient and still provides satisfaction.”

This is a part of the hassle to deal with the looming 2024 drawback.

Meanwhile, the impression can also be being felt by strawberry shipments, that are at their peak.

Ooki Berry’s Motoi Uehara, a strawberry farm in Fukuoka that ships 70% of its well-liked ‘Amaou’ model strawberries to the Kanto and Kansai areas, is worried that contemporary strawberries will not be delivered in time.

Ooki Berry’s Representative Uehara: “I’m very worried whether we can maintain the brand value of ‘Amaou.’ I’m most concerned about the freshness as the delivery days extend. Even just one day can make a huge difference in taste.”

Previously, strawberries had been delivered inside 3 days after harvest to the Kanto area, however now there is a worry that it might take greater than 3 days.

Uehara: “We want to ensure that the value does not decrease due to logistics issues and continue to deliver delicious strawberries to our customers.”

With an estimated 30% shortfall within the transportation capability of agricultural merchandise, the problem of sustaining high quality amidst the 2024 drawback persists. Industries proceed to seek for options.

Source: TBS