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NTT and Mitsubishi team up on AI-powered food logistics

Japanese partners see demand for operational efficiency amid labor crunch

A truck delivering beer in Japan: The $450 billion logistics industry is ripe for reform.

TOKYO -- Telecom provider Nippon Telegraph and Telephone and trading house Mitsubishi Corp. are joining forces to disrupt Japan's 50 trillion yen ($450 billion) logistics industry, using artificial intelligence and digital technologies to improve operational efficiency, Nikkei has learned.

The alliance will first provide the service to the food distribution industry, helping suppliers to deliver the right food at the right time to retailers, which will subsequently help reduce food waste.

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