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History of Yamato Holdings

Nov 1919

Our company was established via an organizational meeting held in the Kyobashi Ward of Tokyo. (Paid-in Capital: 100,000 JPY; Representative: Yasuomi Ogura). Transportation business using chartered trucks (4 trucks) started in same location.


Apr 1923

Conducted contract with Mitsukoshi Department Store for shipping of products.


Feb 1929

Establishment of Daini Yamato Transport Co., Ltd. (Current registered date of establishment for Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. Actual date of establishment was April 9).


May 1929

With Daini Yamato Transport as the surviving company, a new company was established via a merger resolution passed at the shareholders’ meetings of Yamato and Daini Yamato. The name of the new company was Yamato Transport Co., Ltd.


Jun 1929

Started full-scale periodic delivery service between Tokyo and Yokohama. (First shipping line in Japan).

May 1949

Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.


Mar 1950

Started freight transporting in Shiodome. (Also started transporting in Akihabara Station and Iida-Machi Station in April).


Jan 1951

Conducted an agent contract with C.A.T Airlines Corporation and started the handling of air freight.


Mar 1955

Certified as a freight-handling agent by the International Air Transport Association. Conducted agent contracts with prominent domestic and international airline companies.


Jun 1957

Created and started to use the logo of a mother cat and kitten (trademark).


May 1958

Started packaging and shipping of art goods .(Received shipping orders for an exhibition of Incan empire culture and an exhibition of Gogh paintings).

Jan 1973

Separated the Computer Division and established Yamato System Development Co., Ltd.


Feb 1974

Started the online system (Neko Total System) for freight transporting.


Sept 1975

Developed and started the use of Ban Pack System for long-term storage of household goods.


Jan 1976

In the Kanto region, started “TA-Q-BIN,” a special home delivery system for small parcels. (11 parcels were shipped on the 20th, which was the first day of service. Service was sequentially expanded to major cities across Japan from May.)


Mar 1979

In the 114th period, the 10 millionth TA-Q-BIN order was shipped.

Dec 1981

10 million TA-Q-BIN orders were shipped in a single month.


Oct 1982

The company name was changed to Yamato Transport Co., Ltd. (ヤマト運輸株式会社).


Dec 1983

Started Ski TA-Q-BIN services.


Mar 1984

In the 119th period, the 100 millionth TA-Q-BIN order was shipped.


Apr 1984

Started Golf TA-Q-BIN services.


Sept 1985

Started idling stop activities using a cord tied around the waist of drivers when vehicles are stopped/parked.

Established Yamato Home Services Co., Ltd.


Nov 1986

Started the Collect Service.


Feb 1987

Started UPS TA-Q-BIN services.


May 1987

Started a transportation information system using a nationwide single-frequency wireless system.


Jul 1988

Started Cool TA-Q-BIN services across Japan.


Sep 1988

Began sales of “Yamato The Sea Mail.”


Nov 1988

Made TA-Q-BIN model changes to four sizes: 60, 80, 100 and 120.

Started nighttime deliver service.


Nov 1989

Began sales of Airport TA-Q-BIN (Narita Airport).


Aug 1990

Started recycling activities for TA-Q-BIN shipping labels.


Jun 1991

Acquired a portion of sales rights from Fukui Transport Co., Ltd. and completed our company’s nationwide network.


Feb 1992

Began sales of TA-Q-BIN Time Service.


Mar 1993

In the 128th period, 500 million TA-Q-BIN orders were shipped in a single year.


Sep 1993

Started the Yamato Welfare Foundation.


Dec 1993

100 million TA-Q-BIN orders were shipped in a single month.


Mar 1994

Developed and began practical testing of LPG vehicles (2-ton walk-through vehicles) built to Yamato specifications.


Jul 1994

Made a TA-Q-BIN model change to include the sizes 140 and 160. Started the Multiple-parcel reduction System.


Apr 1995

Established the Yamato Transport Corporate Philosophy, composed of a company precept, management principles, corporate spirit,  and code of behavior for employees.

Defined the need to consider environmental conservation in the Yamato Transport Corporate Philosophy.


Sep 1995

Began sales of Security Package.


Dec 1995

Reached a total of 5 billion orders shipped since the beginning the sale of TA-Q-BIN.


Jun 1996

Participated in the Idling Stop Campaign of the Environmental Agency. Stickers were affixed to all vehicles.


Aug 1996

Expanded the TA-Q-BIN to include seven islands (Toshima, Niijima, Shikinejima, Kozujima, Miyakejima, Mikurajima, Aogashima) of the Izu Islands.


Dec 1996

Started operation during year-end and New Year’s holidays, thus realizing operation 365 days a year.


Mar 1997

Started Kuroneko Mail-Bin services across Japan.


Jun 1997

As the first product of the original private generic brand of sales products Kuroneko Selected Market, started sales of toilet paper with unified specifications for all companies.

On Environment Day, received an award from the Ministry of the Environment (Environmental Agency) for contributing to environmental conservation as a member of the division for preventing global warming (1st event).


Jul 1997

Developed and started testing for CNG vehicles (2-ton MP vans) built to Yamato specifications.


Nov 1997

Started TA-Q-BIN services for the Bonin Islands (Chichi-Jima and Haha-Jima), thus completing the plan for a nationwide TA-Q-BIN network.

Began sales of Kuroneko Quick Maintenance Service.


Feb 1998

Started the Parcel Inquiry System on our homepage.


Apr 1998

Decided on a plan to implement approximately 200 low-emission vehicles every year until 2010.


Jun 1988

Started Time Zone Delivery.

Began sales of Golf/Ski/Airport/Round Trip TA-Q-BIN.


Nov 1998

Started Kuroneko Expedition, an information search service for stores where TA-Q-BIN can be ordered.


Apr 1999

Started activities for recycling uniforms.


Oct 1999

Started entering information on the completion of delivery for Kuroneko Mail-Bin.


Nov 1999

Started the Parcel Inquiry System as part of a service providing information to mobile phones.

Jul 2000

Increased the size of Kuroneko Mail-Bin. Became the first private corporation to receive approval for uniform nationwide rates.


Nov 2000

Began sales of TA-Q-BIN Escrow Service, an intermediate settlement service for internet auctions.


Feb 2001

Started internet support for requests regarding pickup/re-delivery of TA-Q-BIN.


Apr 2001

Started methodically implementation of electric MP vans (eco-cool vehicles).


Aug 2001

Started [email protected] (credit card service), an advance settlement service for credit cards.


Feb 2002

Started TA-Q-BIN Email Notification Service. In addition to announcing the scheduled date/time of parcel delivery to customers by email, the service allows customers to change the date/time zone for receipt to fit their schedule.


Jul 2002

Began sales of PC TA-Q-BIN, a delivery service providing speedy packaging of computers in special materials at the time of pickup.


Oct 2002

Implemented 32,000 mobile phones throughout Japan in order to start SD Direct Communication, a service where Sales Drivers directly handle customers requests.

Started TA-Q-BIN Take-back Service, which handles repair items of manufacturers and cooling-off periods for mail order companies.


Dec 2002

Became first in the world to start test implementation of hybrid 2-ton compact delivery trucks.


Apr 2003

Clarified the business fields within the Yamato Group and constructed a formation of 5 businesses.

Renewed Kuroneko Mail-Bin. Established two new sizes: 50 g and less; 100 g and less.

Started the organizational reform known as “TA-Q-BIN Area Center System” in order to increase operating efficiency and strengthen services for customers.


May 2003

Created “i-CATs Label Issuing Software B2,” an online software which enables customers to easily print shipping labels using their personal computer and printer.


Sep 2003

Formulated the Yamato Transport Global Warming Prevention Targets which call for a 30% reduction in C02 emissions amounts for each parcel.


Nov 2003

Started Express TA-Q-BIN service between Hokkaido and the Kanto region (8 prefectures) by using late-night flights.


Mar 2004

Started our Collect Service in the Izu Islands and Bonin Islands, thus expanding the service nationwide.

Started application of terms and conditions to Kuroneko Mail-Bin. Made services easier to use by enabling cash payments, etc.


Jul 2004

Started a TA-Q-BIN Delivery Notification Service where parcel delivery notification emails are sent to registered users. The service also enables users to change the desired delivery date and time zone.

Started Express TA-Q-BIN service in the Kyushu area.


Oct 2004

Started “Label Issuing System C2,” a system enabling easy printing of shipping labels via the internet.

Started “Tracking Service,” a service on our homepage for searching the number of required shipping days.

Started “Kuroneko Yamato Driver Direct,” a service where regional Sales Drivers contact customers directly by mobile phone in order to offer speedy responses to customer requests.


Nov 2004

Started domestic delivery of international mail destined for Japan from the Deutsche Post.


Feb 2005

Started a “TA-Q-BIN Invoice Typing Service” offering free printing and delivery of TA-Q-BIN shipping labels containing information provided through customer application.


Mar 2005

In anticipation of a shifting to a holding company, established Yamato Transport Segmentation Preparatory Co., Ltd. with the objective of acquiring the segmented delivery business when the organizational shift was made.


Jul 2005

Added “Payment with Credit Card at Delivery,” “Payment at Convenience Stores or Post Offices,” and “Payment Online or with Mobile Phone” to the existing product settlement services of “Payment on Delivery” and “Advance Settlement by Credit Card.” Started TA-Q-BIN Collect, a total settlement service for mail order dealers.


Nov 2005

All businesses of Yamato Transport Co., Ltd. were segmented to Yamato Transport Segmentation Preparatory Co., Ltd. via company segmentation and a shift was made towards a holding company. Yamato Transport Co., Ltd. changed its name to Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. and Yamato Transport Segmentation Preparatory Co., Ltd. changed its name to Yamato Transport Co., Ltd.

Started the “TA-Q-BIN e-Announcement Series,” a service which sends email to announce various information regarding parcels (notice of non-delivery because of absence, notice of delivery completion, delivery schedule).


Feb 2006

Started “TA-Q-BIN Convenience Store Take-Back Service,” which allows customers to receive TA-Q-BIN which could not be delivered because of absence. Parcels can be received at specified convenience stores and sales offices.


Apr 2006

Started “Kuroneko Yamato Classified Documents Recycle Service,” which realizes security and environmentally-friendly recycling.


Jun 2006

Started handling of Kuroneko Global Mail-Bin at all TA-Q-BIN Centers throughout Japan.


Oct 2006

Began sales of International TA-Q-BIN, a service for reliable and easy shipping of parcels overseas at a reasonable price.

Renewed Kuroneko Mail-Bin. Also, began sales of “Kuroneko Mail-Bin Express Service” for customers requiring urgent delivery.


Nov 2006

Began sales of Auction TA-Q-BIN, a convenient service providing peace of mind by handling settlement and shipping of auctioned items without disclosing personal information.


Jan 2007

In order to achieve the Yamato Transport Global Warming Prevention Targets, started full-scale implementation of low-emissions walk-through hybrid vehicles.


Apr 2007

Started test driving of fuel-cell hybrid vehicles, the ultimate eco-car.


Sep 2007

Through a collaboration with Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. began sales of “Kuroneko Seat Mail Delivery,” an integrated service providing creation, printing and shipping of direct mail.


Oct 2007

Started the individual member’s service “Kuroneko Members.” The inaugural service was “Easy Label Issuing Service,” which enabled issuance of shipping labels at “Neko Pit,” a service terminal installed at the reception desk of TA-Q-BIN Centers.

Started accepting e-money cards when paying rates for TA-Q-BIN and when paying product cost for mail-order items.


Jan 2008

Began sales of “Kuroneko Mail Collect (payment at convenience stores or post offices; payment online or with mobile phone),” a service which affixed shipping labels with a payment slip payable at convenience stores, etc.


Feb 2008

Added the functions “Delivery Notice Mail Service” and “Finished Delivery Notice Mail Service” to Kuroneko Members.


Mar 2008

In order to realize collection of products, started sales of “Kuroneko Mail-Bin Prepaid Return Mail Service (Japanese only),” a service where the recipient is responsible for paying rates. (For business customers only.)


May 2008

Began sales of the TA-Q-BIN Identification Service, which delivers parcels after confirming the identity of the recipient at the time of delivery.


Oct 2008

TA-Q-BIN was awarded the special Good Design Life-Scape Design Award (Minister of METI) as part of the 2008 Good Design Awards.


Dec 2008

Exceeded a total of 1.5 million participants for the “Children’s Traffic Safety Workshop,” an event held since 1998 in order to instill local children with knowledge about traffic safety.


Jun 2009

Started support for settlement of rate and material cost using several types of e-money at sales offices throughout Japan.


Sept 2009

Started Kuroneko Biz Station, a package service for business customers who use sales offices.


Oct 2009

In order to improve service quality and administrative efficiency, outsourced a portion of accounting procedures.

Jan 2010

Started TA-Q-BIN business in Singapore and Shanghai.

Started “Kuroneko Members Designated Receiving TA-Q-BIN Service,” which allows customers registered as Kuroneko Members to select a desired receipt date, time zone and receipt method via the internet.


Feb 2010

Started the “Web Invoice Offering Service,” which enables viewing and downloading of billing invoices and billing statements on the web.

Started the implementation of “See-T Navi,” a unique vehicle-mounted system which supports safer and more environmentally-friendly driving by Sales Drivers.


Jun 2010

Started “E-money Payment Service on Delivery” for TA-Q-BIN Collect. This service enables the use of major domestic e-money when paying for products purchased via mail-order.


Oct 2010

In order to contribute to a low-carbon society, conducted collection/delivery driving tests using lightweight commercial electric vehicles.


Feb 2011

Started TA-Q-BIN service in Hong Kong.


Mar 2011

In order to conduct collection/delivery while aiming to reduce environmental load, order 100 MINICAB-MiEV lightweight commercial electric vehicles.

In order to reduce CO2, started TA-Q-BIN shipping using the “Randen” tram line in Kyoto.


Jul 2011

The safety and eco-navigation system “See-T Navi” won the Prize for Technology Developed to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Freight Transport at the 12th Freight Industry Environmental Awards.


Sep 2011

Started TA-Q-BIN service in Malaysia.


Oct 2011

Started issuing Kuroneko Member’s e-money card. Also started Mobile Kuroneko Members (wallet phone member’s card).


Jan 2012

Started providing the smartphone application “Kuroneko Yamato official application” to iPhone users.

Renewed the corporate portal site “Kuroneko My Page.” Started services for the business support portal site “Yamato Business Members” equipped with new functions.


Feb 2012

Held the “1st Yamato Freight Nationwide Safety Competition” in an effort to further increase safety awareness and driving skills.


Mar 2012

Total annual donation of the Yamato Group for supporting recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake calculated at 14,236,081,360 yen.


May 2012

Kuroneko Mail-Bin service unified to A4 size.


Jun 2012

The number of total participants in the “Children’s Traffic Safety Workshop” reached 2 million.

TA-Q-BIN freight using the “Randen” tram line in Kyoto won the Special Prize for Environmental Logistics at the 13th Freight Industry Environmental Awards.


Sep 2012

Started the “TA-Q-BIN Pick-Up Location Selection Service,” which enables users to specify a convenience store as the pick-up location for mail-order products.


Nov 2012

Beginning from documents, started “International TA-Q-BIN” service with as early as next-day delivery to overseas TA-Q-BIN regions.


Dec 2012

Environmental protection activities conducted under the motto of “Nekology” won the “Implementation of Countermeasures” award category for the 2012 Environment Minister’s Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity.


Jan 2013

Installed and started operation for a tablet version of the “NekoPit” store terminal.

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