KAI products are shipped all over Japan from dedicated logistics centers based in Seki and Nagaoka. We visited the logistics center in Nagaoka. 20 people work in the two story warehouse. Before we visited the factory, we imagined brawny men carrying cardboard boxes from one place to another. Most of the staff, however, was comprised of slender women like the three women we interviewed. Let’s take a tour.
Yuko Watanabe is a merchandise processor. She checks product numbers and does quality control for all goods that arrive from domestic and foreign factories. She then uploads this information onto the company database. She is responsible for more than 7,000 products, passing them onto the shipping team.Yuka Kobayashi, who processes returns, works on the same floor. Products are sent to the second floor for selection and then packing. Miki Ishida, who is in charge of selecting which products are shipped, sometimes walks up to 20,000 steps a day. During the summer, she loses up to one kilogram a day! A transport company delivers approximately 3,000 crates of products daily.