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Japan Post and Sagawa join hands with eye on parcel delivery crown

E-commerce boom and worker shortage push couriers to explore new options

A Japan Post employee delivers packages from Amazon. (Photo by Shiho Miyajima)

TOKYO -- Japan Post and courier service Sagawa Express will partner in package deliveries, the companies announced Friday, dividing collection and delivery duties and sharing logistics networks to better compete with industry leader Yamato Transport.

Sagawa, a unit of SG Holdings, and Japan Post currently rank second and third in Japan in package delivery. They already partner on certain services, but will now create joint transport and delivery networks for small parcels, international packages and refrigerated deliveries.

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