The circulation of the industry is undergoing drastic changes. At the same time, the pace of wholesale mergers and acquisitions has been further accelerated, and the trend of omitting intermediate links in logistics has developed.
The types of daily necessities are very rich, such as soaps, detergents and other toiletries, pharmaceuticals, paper, household goods, etc., which involve many industries, so it is difficult to clarify the true market size. According to the data compiled by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, the number of "pharmaceutical supplies, cosmetics and other wholesalers" stores is 15998, and the annual sales are expected to be 23 trillion yen. With the expansion of the marketing of daily necessities, the overall sales of the industry are increasing.
The main sales channels for daily necessities are supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies, and discount stores. In recent years, online sales and other new sales models have continued to expand, and wholesalers who assume the role of middlemen are receiving more and more attention. Large domestic wholesalers such as Mediceo Paltac, Arata, etc.
The wholesalers of the Japanese traditional daily necessities industry are relatively small, and they are subject to rules and customs restrictions of various industries, and they are further subdivided according to conditions such as industries and manufacturers. The first-level wholesale business areas are restricted by administrative divisions such as Daofu County, and transactions with other counties are also strictly restricted.
With the emergence of large-scale comprehensive supermarkets, the objective form has undergone dramatic changes from the development of manufacturer-led logistics to retail-led logistics. The "special dealers" and "wholesale price system" in the industry practice have become virtually useless. On this basis, with the expansion of the first-level wholesale area to obtain permission, the pace of mergers and acquisitions between wholesalers has continued to accelerate.
Influenced by factors such as the emergence of large-scale retail stores and one-stop logistics, multi-quality and small-batch demand, and the expectation of improving logistics efficiency, from "regional wholesale" rooted in specific regions, to the whole country The pace of forming a "national wholesale" marketing and distribution network within the scope is accelerating. The merger and reorganization of the Mediceo company engaged in the wholesale of pharmaceutical products and the Paltac company engaged in the daily use of groceries, and mergers and acquisitions between different industries are also constantly advancing. In addition, the "omitting the intermediate links" model of multi-level circulation, manufacturers, and direct distribution in the retail industry have also sprung up.
Future logistics model
As the variety of business operations continues to increase, as the retail industry is limited by the space of the store, the demand for displaying more types of commodities with hot products as the center is increasing. To meet this demand, logistics services are objectively required to adopt high-frequency small-batch distribution methods. Therefore, logistics companies must face the problem of improving the sorting efficiency that supports this demand.
In the future, in order to reduce the shipping error rate to a minimum, some logistics companies have begun to apply the non-inspection system in the shipping process to formally promote the process of operating efficiency. Retailers may consider introducing a POS system to prevent unsalable risks and loss of opportunity through single-item data management, with the goal of building a timely, appropriate amount of production, distribution, and sales systems that are linked to demand forecasting, so that supply chain management can develop to a high-end.