More Efficient Distribution

Lawson seeks to reduce the environmental burden by implementing an efficient nationwide distribution network and introducing eco-friendly vehicles and facilities.

Optimizing Delivery Frequency

We use trucks equipped with two temperature zones partitioned to separate chilled products* from unchilled products, making it possible to more efficiently transport both in one vehicle. We have also adjusted the delivery frequency for daily necessities, processed foods, and frozen foods. These initiatives have facilitated a reduction in daily average deliveries per store (excluding newspapers, books, magazines and cigarettes) to 7.0, from 16 in 1989.
*Chilled products: Rice dishes, dairy products, desserts and other items that must be kept refrigerated.

Average Daily Deliveries Per Store
Average Daily Deliveries Per Store

Delivery Truck CO2 Emissions per Store (Actuals, Comparing to the FY2007 Level

Eco-Tires and Traffic Control System

We have equipped our delivery trucks with eco-tires to improve their fuel economy. Trucks delivering chilled products or daily necessities are connected to a traffic control system that helps promote efficient driving and prevent unnecessary idling to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants and to save fuel.

Thanks to innovations in tire shape and rubber composition, eco-tires help reduce energy loss (rolling resistance) during use and thus reduce fuel consumption. The use of eco-tires is estimated to improve per-vehicle fuel efficiency by about 4%.
Traffic Control System
This system provides real-time information about the temperature of goods during transportation as well as about arrivals and deliveries, enabling more robust quality control. It also provides data on the ways trucks are being driven, including rapid acceleration and braking as well as speeding. We use this information to promote more efficient driving and to help prevent unnecessary idling.
Delivery truck

Delivery truck



Eco-Friendly Driving

Awarding ceremony of recognition for eco-friendly drivers

We train drivers to always avoid unnecessary idling and noise. Seeking to raise driver awareness, we also have a awarding system of recognition to contractors that promote eco-friendly driving.

Reducing Noise
The noise generated by delivery vehicles and carts can be a nuisance to local communities.
We continuously work to reduce noise during deliveries.
Quiet Pushcarts
The casters on these pushcarts have been upgraded from metal to 100% resin. All vehicles that deliver chilled or frozen products are equipped with quiet pushcarts.
Noiseless Cargo Carriages
The metal bars of cargo carriages used for transporting non-chilled products have been replaced with double-walled bars to reduce resonance.
Noiseless Lashing Belts
The release buckles on cargo lashing belts inside delivery trucks have been improved to reduce noise. These buckles have been installed in all trucks that deliver non-chilled products.
Improved Power Liftgates
Power liftgates are used to load and unload carts from trucks. To reduce the noise generated when a liftgate contacts the ground, we have reduced the speed at which liftgates move and applied rubber dampers to the ground-facing surface.